19 Jun
New Chair of the BID revealed

Tony Stacey has been appointed the new Chair of Sheffield BID, the city centre Business Improvement District which has been in operation since 2015. 

Tony brings a wealth of leadership experience to Sheffield BID, having chaired and served on boards in a variety of sectors for many years. 

Tony is well known within his adopted home of Sheffield, is actively engaged in city life and has worked in the city centre for over 28 years. He recently retired following a long and successful career as the Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association. He has extensive experience of growing businesses, developing partnerships and joint ventures, and innovating. 

For many years Tony was a board member of the Sheffield First Partnership which, under the leadership of Sir Bob Kerslake, coordinated the work of different thematic partnerships to manage regeneration activities. He has also been an active board member of Move More Sheffield and led the national Board of Place Shapers for five years, transforming the group into a significant and influential force within the housing world. Tony received an OBE for the leading role he played in developing policy in housing, social care and health in Sheffield City Region. He is also a founding member of the Homes for Cathy group which was set up to promote good practice in tackling homelessness and rough sleeping. 

As the independent Chair, Tony will provide leadership and direction to the Sheffield BID Board, ensuring the BID continues to contribute to creating a more vibrant and successful city centre. 

The Board is currently made up of 14 BID Levy Payers and includes Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police. 

Commenting on his appointment Tony said: “I was thrilled to be told my application had been successful. This gives me the perfect opportunity to give something back to the city where my children, and now grandchildren, are growing up. My working role for the last 28 years brought me into regular contact with leaders of local businesses, the local authority and other public sector organisations, charities and social enterprises. Chairing the BID gives me the perfect opportunity to build on these connections, ensure the impact of the BID is aligned with the aspirations of all sectors and that the impact of our resources is maximised. I can’t wait to get started!” 

Diane Jarvis, Head of Business Operations at Sheffield BID says:  “We are delighted to have found a new Board Chair of Tony’s calibre as we drive forward the BID’s mandate to deliver change projects. Tony will provide crucial and influential leadership during a period of significant future development around the role of the BID. Tony is recognised as an effective and inclusive chair and he will bring these qualities to Sheffield BID along with his track record and reputation. We look forward to him helping us to continue the momentum and oversee the BID through the remainder of its current term, and into the future.”

Tony’s past board experience includes: 

  • Board member – Baton of Hope Sheffield 2023
  • Board member – Forge New Homes
  • Board member – Move More Sheffield
  • Chair – Place Shapers Group
  • Chair – National Housing Federation, Y&H Region EDI Forum and Sheffield City Region Together with Tenants Group
  • Vice Chair – Transform South Yorkshire
  • Board member – Sheffield First (Local Strategic Partnership)
  • Board member – Sheffield City Region LEP (Housing & Residential Offer Board)
  • Commissioner – Sheffield Fairness Commission
  • Board member - Refugee Housing Association
  • Member – Cavendish Learning Trust
  • Board member – Housing Diversity Network
  • Board member – BME National