The Board

The BID Company’s Board of Directors includes representatives from all industry sectors. The current Board was elected at the Company’s second Annual General Meeting held on 26th October 2017. This current term of the Board includes:

Independent chair

  • Suzy Brain England OBE
    Suzy was appointed the Independent Chair of Sheffield’s Business Improvement District in May 2016, taking over from James Prince of John Lewis. Suzy brings a wealth of experience to the Sheffield BID, having chaired and served on boards in a variety of sectors including enterprise, finance, health and housing.  Suzy is the former 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 2016 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 Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derwent Living and was formerly a non-executive director at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  As the Independent Chair, Suzy provides leadership and direction to the BID Board. She holds the BID’s management team to account, ensuring delivery of the BID con
    tributes to creating a more vibrant and successful city centre.


Non-executive directors

  • John Baddeley, Director, Wake Smith Solicitors (re-elected October 2017)
    John is a Director in the Company and Commercial team and a member of the Management Board of Wake Smith Solicitors Limited. He specialises in corporate transactional work advising buyers, sellers and funders. John has developed expertise in the licensing of intellectual property, IT contracts, procurement and commercial agreements.
  • Daniel Bates, Chief Executive, Sheffield Theatres and City of Sheffield Theatres Trust (re-elected October 2017)
    Dan joined Sheffield Theatres as Chief Executive in September 2009, in time for the completion of the final stage of the £15.3m refurbishment of the Crucible, which re-opened in February 2010. Previously Dan worked as Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal for five years and had a long career at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where he joined the company as a Stage Manager in 1987 and eventually became Executive Director. Alongside his work at Sheffield Theatres, Dan is currently a Board member of &Co (the cultural marketing house), a member of Sheffield’s Cultural Consortium and a member of the Creative and Digital Industry Sector Group for Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
  • Nick Beecroft, Director, HLM Architects (elected October 2017)
    Nick is a board director of one of the largest independent Architects in the UK, headquartered in Sheffield City Centre employing over 200 people across the world and 60+ in Sheffield. Born and bred in Sheffield with a true passion for our great city he is actively involved in many of the organisations working tirelessly to improve Sheffield and its offering as a place to live and work. He is a founding member of the recently formed Sheffield Property Association. Nick’s business is currently involved in several of the largest developments in Sheffield and he works for many of the major organisations in the City including both Universities. He brings passion, a design led approach, and a local edge to any debate, subject or meeting.
  • Patrick Duffy, Head of Branch, John Lewis (elected February 2019)
    Patrick has worked with a variety of leadership styles and cultures across six John Lewis stores  (including a mixture of shopping centres, out-of-town destinations and city centre locations). Most recently, before joining John Lewis Sheffield, he worked in Head Office as a Retail Development Manager. As Head of Branch Patrick cares about and feels the responsibility for the delivery of exemplary customer experiences, putting customers at the heart of everything the business does. He see’s great synergy with this and the BID’s purpose.
  • Gail Gibbons, Chief Executive, Sheffield Futures  (elected October 2017)
    Gail is passionate about working collaboratively with other city centre businesses and organisations to make the city centre as positive, enjoyable and successful as it possibly can be for those who live, visit and work here – both as CEO of Sheffield Futures and as a Sheffield resident. Sheffield Futures is a large charity based on Division Street which works with young people aged 13-25 – providing mentoring and specialist support for those who need it most. The charity employs over 200 staff, approximately 60 regular volunteers, and supports several-thousand young people in Sheffield and across Sheffield City Region each year. Gail feels strongly that the work of the BID would greatly benefit from young people’s voice and participation. “I also think that several of our priorities – including supporting young people into employment, our work around addressing youth anti-social behaviour, and our youth social action projects, support the BID’s key priorities.”
  • Superintendent Shelley Hemsley, South Yorkshire Police 
  • Mark Hobson, Managing Director, Corporation (elected October 2017)
    Mark has been working within the night time economy since returning to his home city from University in London in 1987. His career began as a DJ, before progressing to promoter, venue operator and venue owner/operator. He currently operates the two nightclub and live music sites of Corporation and Local Authority, as well as Trafalgar Warehouse 1 and 2. These are warehouse and exhibition spaces which have allowed a diversity in his entertainment offering, ranging from Clothing Fairs and Wedding Receptions to Street Food and Corporate Events.
  • Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield City Council 
  • Richard McGloin, Director, Sheffield Hallam University (elected October 2017)
    In his role as Director at the University Richard has nearly 40 years’ experience in business and facilities management with a portfolio that includes Accommodation, Conferencing, Transport, Security and retail. In addition he has wide experience as a Director or Trustee working with several organisations including the Sheffield Industrial Museums and Sheffield Association for People with Cerebral Palsy (Past Chair and Director) to name but two. He is proud to say that he has lived in the city all his life and is committed to projects that help improve the city as a place to work and live.
  • Simon Nevill, Associate Director, Ove Arup Limited (re-elected October 2017 )
    Simon is an Associate Director of Arup, a global multi-disciplinary engineering design consultancy firm, and has been based in their Sheffield office for the last 15 years.  Simon is an experienced building design engineer and has worked for Arup for over 35 years at various offices in the UK and around the world, including Hong Kong, Botswana and Turkey.  Arup has over 120 staff located right in the centre of the Sheffield BID area. Simon is delighted to be on the BID board to work with the local business community to achieve these goals. “The five areas of work of the BID are very important to us as they will help to create a vibrant, accessible and busy city centre that means our staff will feel it is a great place to both work and visit and enjoy in the evenings and weekends.”
  • Dr Kate Platts, Finance Director, The Sheffield College (elected October 2017)
    Kate is passionate about being part of an organisation which is making Sheffield City Centre a busier, safer, cleaner and easier to navigate place for residents and visitors, to work in and enjoy. A former Head of Financial Services at SYPTE, Kate served as a member of the BID Board as the Transport Representative, before leaving office following a move to Sheffield College.  She returned to the Board in an open seat following the 2017 board election. Kate is a Trustee of the Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust, and Director of both the Sheffield Society of The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Tapton School Academy Trust.
  • Amanda Phillips, Jones Lang LaSalle (The Moor Management) (elected October 2017)
    Amanda has 17 years retail and Shopping Centre experience and in this time she has served on two BID boards including Norwich BID. Amanda currently manages The Moor, which the owners are improving and investing in to make it a destination retail area within Sheffield City Centre and South Yorkshire, but beyond this, it is critical to all businesses and investors in the City to make Sheffield a vibrant, prosperous and affluent place to live, visit and work. Increasing dwell time and spend across all sectors is imperative for everyone’s survival.
  • Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (elected January 2019)
    Public transport plays a vital role in the development and success of Sheffield’s growth. Through SYPTE, Tim believes he can play a critical role in ensuring that the objectives of Sheffield BID are achieved through its ability to encourage customers to make use of the city centre realm, promote sustainable transport and in to and out of the city centre and provide accessible transport for all.
  • Dr Sarah Want, Director of Regional Engagement and Partnerships, The University of Sheffield (elected October 2017)
    Sarah’s remit is to co-ordinate the University’s regional business partnerships and its work with regional public and private sector partners in the Science and Innovation arena. Sarah is a member of the University’s Research Cabinet – which, amongst other responsibilities, oversees the development and delivery of research contracts including those relating to partnerships with commercial and private sector companies. Sarah has the responsibility to represent all departments of the University and its institutional view within the region.
  • Kane Yeardley, Managing Director, True North Brew Company
    Kane has managed independent city centre bars and restaurants for more than 25 years. He has been involved in city developments and is in an excellent position to know what does and doesn’t work to attract people to the city centre. Kane owns three venues, a brewery and a gin distillery here in Sheffield, employing a diverse workforce of over 100 people.

Non-voting Board Members

  • Diane Jarvis, BID Manager, Sheffield City Centre BID Limited