Wednesday May 25th 2016

New Chair for Sheffield BID revealed

Suzy Brain England has been appointed the Independent Chair of Sheffield’s Business Improvement District. She will take over from James Prince of John Lewis this month. Suzy brings a wealth of experience with her to the Sheffield BID, having chaired and served on boards in a variety of sectors including enterprise, finance, health and housing.

Suzy is the Suzy Brain England - Sheffield BID Chairformer chair and regional director of the Institute of Directors in Yorkshire. In 2009 she was named Non-Executive Director of the Year in Yorkshire and received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for public service. In April this year Suzy was appointed as a Trustee and Chair Designate of the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Suzy, who started her career as a journalist, holds a series of high profile directorships across private and public sector as well as running her own successful business, Cloud Talking, a mentoring, board support and counselling service. She is currently Chair of the Board at Derwent Living and non-executive director at Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.

As the independent Chair Suzy will provide leadership and direction to the BID Board, which is made up of 15 BID Levy Payers and 4 observers. She will hold the BID’s management team to account, ensuring delivery of the BID contributes to creating a more vibrant and successful city centre.

Commenting on her appointment Suzy said “I am extremely pleased to be taking on this role. I have mentored and supported businesses and directors across a diverse range of industries and I’m looking forward to the new challenge of leading the BID Board.

“The BID is a fantastic opportunity for Sheffield businesses to control a significant investment in the areas they believe will improve Sheffield City Centre. My task is to ensure that the delivery of the BID achieves maximum value for the £4.2m investment over the next four years.”

James Prince, who is leaving Sheffield to run the new Leeds branch of John Lewis, says “We are extremely pleased to have found a candidate of Suzy’s calibre as we drive forward the BID’s mandate to deliver change projects outlined in our Business Plan, across Together, Easier, Safer, Busier and Cleaner. As BID Chair during the earlier consultation and formation of the BID, I have been privileged to play a part in securing a YES vote from over 500 businesses in the city. I am confident that I am handing over the baton to someone who is highly qualified to continue the momentum and oversee the BID through its five-year term.”

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