The Team

The Team

The Board

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.

Steve Reilly

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

coming soon!

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.

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