Representatives from the worlds of cinema, theatre and restaurants will rub shoulders with financial and property specialists on the board of Birmingham’s Southside business improvement district.
The organisation, which aims to improve the local business environment through a levy on members, is set to launch on April 1. Thirteen directors have been announced – Christopher Pike of Radisson Blu; Wei Du of Ming Moon; Lawrence Barton of The Loft Lounge; Thomas Lawes of The Electric Cinema; Andy Webb of Legal & General; Sara Hickin of the British Association of Social Workers; Joanne Salmon of London and Cambridge Properties; Paul Garry of Gallan Group and Charles Gillett of Pennycuick Collins.
The board will be chaired by chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, Stuart Griffiths.
In addition, a further three stakeholder directors have been appointed: Chief Superintendent Chris Mckeogh representing West Midlands Police; councillor Timothy Huxtable and councillor Steve Bedser, both representing Birmingham City Council.
Mr Griffiths said: “The appointment of the board directors and BID manager now allows us to be in a strong position where we can start delivering tangible changes and improvements to the district post-April 1.
“Southside offers something really exciting and different for people living, working and visiting the city centre and we look forward to working collaboratively to promote and enhance the existing offer,” he added.
The board’s first undertaking was to recruit for a BID manager to work with them on the delivery of the BID’s projects and services. More than 50 applications were received for the position and local resident Julia Chance has been appointed.
She joins the Southside team from Cenex, the centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies and prior to this worked for five years as a project development manager at Advantage West Midlands.
She said “My background in project management provides me with the ability to work with the organisations within Southside and to negotiate on complex issues which will be crucial to implementing all of the BID projects and really drive the area forward.”