Gabi Naish – The Lookout Cafe / The Project Climbing Centre – Vice Chair
Following a varied career including auditing, interior design, and being a cow hand in North America, Gabi now runs The Lookout Cafe. The cafe is above The Project Climbing Centre, run by her son, in the Dolphin Shopping Centre. She is all about helping the environment and would love to see Poole regenerated to its full potential.
Dan Hurley-Branch Manager A-Plan Insurance
With over 10 years’ experience in sales management, marketing and business development. Daniel brings a positive and fresh perspective to the Poole BID.
Since relocating to Poole in January 2019, Daniel has been building trust within the local community, whilst providing peace of mind through an array of insurance and asset protection services.
Daniel’s passion for developing the high street was continued as he joined us in our mission to create a vibrant , welcoming and inspiring town where people feel proud to visit, shop and work.
Helen Challis – Quay Holidays / Quay Living
Helen has been a Poole resident since 2003, and started her local business, Quay Holidays, in 2006. It is now the biggest self-catering holiday provider in Poole. In 2010, she expanded the business into residential sales and lettings, creating Quay Living, and the two businesses have since grown to become a significant player in the local property market. Helen enjoys her local roles as a director of the Poole BID, a marketing team member of Poole Tourism, and a member of Poole Old Town Conservation Group.
Steve is an industrious, results-driven manager with a proven record of success.
He has over 15 years experience of finding sustainable solutions to drive successful retail operations and is keen to share his skills with the BID.
Mark Howell – Councillor, BCP Council
Mark was voted to be Poole Town Councillor in May 2019, With the Poole People Party. He has a passion for local interests and is keen to work differently to previous administrations to get Poole the best results.
Within BCP he has being assigned the prestigious position of Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Culture and Deputy Leader.
Jeanette Walsh –Truly Scrumptious (Dorset) Ltd
Leaving school at 16, Jeanette worked in the banking industry for five years, then moved into the public sector working for a large Housing Group in London. She then moved to Poole and worked for the hospital in Procurement. She purchased Truly Scrumptious in 2013 and loves being a small independent business owner, and part of the community in historic Poole.
She is passionate about Poole, and wants to encourage visitors and residents to have a pleasant experience which will lead to growth within all businesses to ensure a better economic future.
Ian Girling- Dorset Chamber of commerce
I come from a small family business background and then spent some time in the accounting profession. This, along with my more recent experience, gives me a solid understanding of business and the real issues they face. I have strong leadership skills as well as a proven track record in management. I am a highly motivated person who likes to enjoy life, both in and outside of work.
I am a Board member of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, representing business, a member of the Growing Places Committee and a Board Member of the Poole BID.
Bill Cotton – Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economy at BCP Council
David Heckles- General Manager for More bus
David holds a strong sense of responsibility and passion for bus and coach travel, the travelling public and people who work in the profession. Originally from Dorset, David is enormously proud of the local area and is keen to promote it as a place to work and visit.
Prior to joining Go South Coast, David previously worked for two other major bus groups in a variety of roles spanning across the UK including Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol. Now relishing being part of Go South Coasts senior team, he is applying the skills gained from his previous experiences to make further improvements to the services on offer from Morebus, Damory and Excelsior.
The HQ Team
Ailsa Wilson – Poole BID Manager
With a background in Managing Projects Ailsa feels that she is well suited for the role. She is very interested in local issues as a Poole resident and now regularly engages with local bodies fighting for investment in Poole. Although we have some success with the Future High Street Fund and the Historic Action Zone. She believes this is the tip of the Iceberg and that there is a lot more to be done.
Angela Morrow – Business Engagement and Communications Manager
The Street Team
David Reece- Poole Bid Ambassador
David has over 10 years in Leisure and tourism. Which has given him the experience in dealing with a wide range of people. Add to this his upbeat outlook on life. This winning combination allows him to slot in to his ambassadors role with ease. I’m sure many of you have met him out on our streets helping people find there way around the town. He also reports issues in the town to the council on your behalf.
Sarah Henderson-Poole Bid Ambassador