Area 1 Director nominations

Ballot Arrangements for Directors of Poole BID Company Ltd.

You may recall that earlier this month we invited nominations from BID voters who are prepared to stand as Directors of the new Poole BID Company Ltd. There are 14 seats for BID voters on the board representing both geographic areas of the BID and business sectors. We have received nominations from 15 excellent candidates. However the BID Business Plan clearly states in the section addressing the management arrangements of the Company, that there shall be no more than 3 Directors representing a BID Geographical Area. We have received 7 nominations from Area 1; we therefore need to hold a ballot for 3 Directors from Area 1.

A ballot paper has been sent to all levy payers and we are inviting a vote for a maximum of 3 people from the list (details below), by placing an X in the box next to your chosen candidates. The 3 candidates with highest scores will be registered Directors with full voting rights and responsibilities for Poole BID Company Ltd. The other 4 candidates will be invited to be non-voting, co-opted Members of Poole BID Company Ltd.

As there will be effectively 3 Director vacancies, we will be inviting nominations from BID voters from Areas 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 to take these seats, by applying to the Board in due course.

The closing date for the postal Ballot is Thursday 23rd June (EU referendum day!) the count will be overseen and verified by Francis Clark / Princecroft Willis and the results will be announced soon after.


Candidate profiles

(In alphabetical order)


Nicola Aveyard – Boots (190-196 High Street)

An experienced Manager with over 25 years of leading retail and healthcare businesses.

Most recently, I have been Store Manager at Boots in the Dolphin Centre for the last six years and I am passionate about it’s future as a dynamic and compelling place to work, to shop and to live.
I have built my local knowledge by participating in business meetings and through my association with the Dolphin Centre traders.

During my time in my store, I have been able to identify the needs of local customer and health groups and have influenced our organisation to provide a unique healthcare proposition for our patients.
It is really important to me that my business fully participates in the local community and we have been very active in supporting local charities, events, student evenings etc.

Over the years Boots has built a reputation for it’s support of local town centre and community groups and provides me with excellent access to a dedicated team to support initiates such as local BIDs and general town centre management.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Poole and I am excited about the role that I can play in the next phase of it’s growth and development.

Tim Bennett – Specsavers (32-34 Kingland Crescent)

I would like to apply for one of the Director positions within Poole BID Ltd and I am currently one of the owners of the Specsavers store in the town centre. This particular branch has been in the town centre for over 30 years now and I have been working in the store for 5 years, moving my family to the area 3 years ago.

Whilst my working background is not specifically optics, I have worked in the retail sector for over 40 years, both nationally and internationally. I have also worked in other sections of the service industry, hospitality and catering.

My role before joining Specsavers was as Operations Director and MD with a privately owned, very successful, restaurant group based in London, with turnover of circa £5m and 150 employees over 5 sites. It was while in that role I had my first experience with a BID, “from Circus to Square” was the strap line for the very successful, Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square business improvement district. Having operated in very successful destination shopping centres, Bluewater, Lakeside and Brent Cross and central London, I do fully understand the requirement for a mix of retail and leisure offers to attract and keep customers. I do believe this is an area Poole town centre needs to consider if the BID is to be successful.

Having travelled extensively and worked internationally, I do fully understand the need for diversity and recognising differing cultures, again, something the Poole BID Ltd need to embrace to be successful. I genuinely believe Town Centres that innovate and create the right environment, with the right mix of offers, can compete in today’s changing world.

Until recently I held the voluntary position of Regional Chairman for the 50 Specsavers Stores within our region. I held this role for 3 years ensuring that all their voices/concerns/issues/suggestions were heard and relayed to Specsavers Group Operating Board at quarterly meetings. At these meetings we were expected to comment on strategic business initiatives originating from the Board and I feel that the skills of influencing and persuading that I demonstrated in this role would be beneficial, if successful with this application, to be a BID Director.

I genuinely believe that BID is right for Poole Town Centre.

John Grinnell – Dolphin Shopping Centre (110 Dolphin Centre)

I have worked at the Dolphin Shopping Centre as Centre Manager since November 2011, raising awareness of the Centre, both for the retailers within and for the customers that visit. Ensuring that a comfortable atmosphere with high customer service levels promote a welcoming shopping experience, as well as promoting Poole as a destination to visit.

With the help of my marketing team from JLL, the Managing Agent for Legal & General, along with Liz Lean PR our local PR agency, we have assisted in raising the profile of the Centre as well as the local area.

I have worked alongside Poole Town Centre Management and Poole Tourism during this time, in a bid to bring the town together as one, working on different events to bring us together, creating a community feel in the town centre. From Christmas Events to a cinema in Falkland Square, I feel that we have worked together well in promoting Poole as a feel good place to visit.

The Dolphin Centre is also a partner of Dorset Chamber of Commerce, in which I get involved in meetings and networking events to keep up to date with all that is going on in the local area. We are also a sponsor of the Dorset Business Awards, encouraging local businesses to enter our Retail Experience Award, to gain experience and learn how to best run their business to ensure they continue to thrive and grow going forward.

Over the past three years I have been involved with Bournemouth University, as a mentor for students undertaking the retail courses.

I set them an assignment where they have to research and produce a presentation, which is the final part of their coursework. This has developed over the years and is now very successful. The last assignment undertaken by the students earlier this year, was with regard to the BID and the research they undertook was very eye opening and interesting. They put forward many ideas which has been discussed during the meetings prior to the BID being voted in.

After being part of the BIDS steering group since the BIDS process started, I would like to continue working with the BID by joining the board.

The Dolphin Shopping Centre has over 100 businesses which I can represent by forwarding any valid input to the BIDS. I also represent L&G, the owners of the shopping centre who are also supporting the BIDS and voted yes with the units under their ownership.

I hope to bring creative ideas and maximise the effectiveness of the business plan.

Victoria Jesson – Marks and Spencer (45 Dolphin Centre)

Profile coming soon…

Adam Keen – More Bus (Bus Station)

I have worked in Poole for four years as Area Manager for Go South Coast who operate buses under the ‘morebus’ and ‘Damory’ brands.

During that period of time, I have come to understand what makes Poole tick, but more importantly what frustrates, motivates, saddens and delights the people who live and work here. Having been involved with other BID’s in other regions, I know what a positive change they can deliver when done properly and I very much look forward to seeing the Poole BID inspire real change for Poole – change which is well overdue and much welcomed.

The BID needs directors who are passionate about where they live and / or work but it also needs people who have a good understanding of the local economy combined with empathy and education for those who aren’t yet sure whether the BID is a positive move.

I would be delighted to be able to form part of a team of positive, enthusiastic people who are prepared to commit to making Poole somewhere that people want to visit. In my role, I listen to our staff and our passengers provide feedback on why they like or dislike Poole and I am more than ready to use that feedback to shape Poole’s future.

I understand the needs of local businesses and I also empathise with the youngsters who need something to do and somewhere to go. Having worked in West Sussex, Gloucestershire and London, I have been fortunate enough to be able to see what works, what doesn’t and what can be achieved with the right focus.

Poole deserves a team of committed, diplomatic people whoa re willing to do what’s right for the town and its future.

As such I hereby submit my entry for Directorship in the Poole Business Improvement District.

Gabrielle Naish – The Project Climbing Centre (Dolphin Centre) 

I think it is important that the views of the independent contributors are heard clearly by the Board and if elected would ensure that I communicated with those independents to bring their concerns forward. The low turnout in the vote makes it even more important that those people who did not understand how this BID will affect them are included and have the aims clearly explained to them. Having spoken to many other independent retailers I know I am not alone in having worries about the cost and value of the BID process and am concerned that whatever is done achieves the objectives as set out in the meetings and that the business plan brings actual tangible benefit to the town. The BID is expensive and we all work very hard for every penny and it is therefore important to scrutinise the process to make sure they we get the best outcome that we can.

I have a great deal of relevant experience in business. I spent ten years working as an auditor for the Office for National Statistics, specifically working on the Retail and Consumer Prices Index, before moving to Poole in 2014 and setting up my current business. Before that I worked in property restoration and in managerial roles for several Building Societies.

If elected to the Board I would do my best to make the BID work for the retailers, traders, residents and visitors to Poole.

Peter Wilson – Lighthouse (21 Kingland Road)

The Poole BID is a vital opportunity for change and growth in Poole. As Poole’s Centre for the Arts and the largest regional Arts Centre outside London, Lighthouse is keen to play an active role in this essential work.

I am a Chartered Accountant and as Head of Finance for the organisation I am responsible for finance and governance within the Senior Management Team. I believe that the strategic role that I undertake at Lighthouse is consistent with the duties and responsibilities required of BID directors, and it is a challenge I would be keen to undertake.

Lighthouse is supported by both the Borough of Poole and Arts Council England, and has a great deal of experience of working with external stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial aims. The current capital refurbishment programme is a typical example where investment is made with a clear, non-speculative, business case but with the creative approach that befits a leading arts organisation. It is hoped that the organisation’s experience can be brought to bear with Poole BID by way of a representative member on the board and that both Lighthouse and, importantly, Poole as a whole will benefit accordingly.

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