BID Board

The York BID Board oversees the delivery of the BID initiatives set out in the BID business plan. As outlined in the Company Articles of Association, the Board is comprised of representatives from levy-paying business and representatives from the local authority and Make It York. The BID Executive Director, responsible for the delivery of the BID business plan, supports the Committee and works with the BID team to implement programmes and projects.

Michael Hjort

Chair - Hospitality Representative

Born and raised in York, Michael is a passionate advocate of the city and is local high-profile chef and restaurateur who runs two firmly-established award-winning restaurants in the city. Michael directs and manages the York Food and Drink Festival Festival which focuses on the promotion of Yorkshire food and food education and remains passionate about sourcing local produce.  He has served as Director for Visit York Board and as Chairman and Secretary of York Hospitality Association.


Frank Wood

Director - Independant Retail Representative

Frank is joint owner of  the York business, R.A. Braithwaite Jewellers,  a company that's been based in York for over 70 years.  He is currently Chairman of the York Retail Forum and Chairman of the Institute of Registered Valuers of Great Britain and Ireland.  He is also a member of the National Committee of the National Association of Jewellers and Trustee of the “Centenary Trust” charity.


Neil Setterfield

Director - Retail Representative

Neil has over 30 years of retail experience and has worked with several businesses including Binns Department Stores (House of Fraser). He began his career in finance then followed his passion for retail. Neil joined Fenwick Ltd in 2007 as Store Director in the flagship Newcastle location before moving onto Fenwick York in the same capacity, in 2010.

Sophie Jewett

Director - Hospitality Representative

Sophie is the founder and Managing Director of York Cocoa House. Opened in 2011, York Cocoa House was inspired by a passion for chocolate and discovering York's long history and influential relationship with the creation of the chocolate industry. Sophie is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses with collaboration and community engagement. She sits on the Leeds City Region Business, Innovation and Growth panel.  

Colin Crawford

Director - Professional Services Representative

Colin joined the BID board in 2015, representing York’s Professional sector. He helped shape the BID company’s five year budget and its legal framework. Colin has lived and worked in York for over twenty years, working in Aviva’s finance team. Since the BID’s launch Colin has been actively involved in managing the company’s finances, and its Street Cleaning and Rangers initiatives. 

Robert Onyett

Director - Professional Services Representative

Robert is a solicitor at Harrowells and serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. He is responsible for strategic and operational control of the business, including financial management. He has worked in the city centre for 25 years and has extensive management and commercial experience and vast knowledge of York’s professional businesses.

Phil Pinder

Director - Retail Representative

Phil owns Cuff & Co and has been self-employed and trading for 15 years.  He helped form the Shambles Traders Association and serves as Vice Chair of York’s Retail Forum.  He has volunteered as a Special Police Constable and as Company Secretary for a volunteer-run organisation in Thirsk. He is a champion for enhancing the trading ability for York’s businesses and strengthening its presence in the city centre.

York Council Leader

Director - City of York Council Representative

The new York Council Leader is due to be ratified in Spring 2018.

Cllr Andrew Waller

Director - City of York Council Representative

Cllr Andrew Waller is York Council Deputy Leader in the absence of Cllr Kieth Aspden. 

Steve Brown

Director - Make It York Representative

Steve is the Managing Director of Make It York, the city’s destination management organisation and a key partner of the BID. Previously, he has run several big city regional newspapers around the UK and has served on the boards of Marketing Birmingham and the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, organisations which aim to improve and develop the local economy.

Chris Price

Director - Make It York Representative

Chris is the City Centre and Markets Manager, Make It York and works with several York city centre organisations such as York Retail Forum, the former York City team (now the BID) and Chamber of Commerce.  He is an accomplished manager with over 30 years experience in the High Street and retail sectors, working in various large cities including Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. 

Dawn Argyle

Director - Independant Retail Representative

Dawn owns the Luxury Ice Cream Company, an independent shop in the city centre.  She is actively involved with York’s business community and local organisations that promote local development such as York St. John University and Hiscox Business Club. She supports the promotion of York’s visitor and retail experience and a champion for York’s developing evening economy.



Neil Sanderson

Director - Culture & Education Representative

Neil is Director of the York Minster Fund, the charity dedicated to raising money for the restoration, conservation and development of York Minster. He holds several non-executive directorships on company boards that are in the farming, food and retail sectors. He is also an entrepreneur in residence with the Connect Yorkshire small business network. Neil brings over 20 years executive experience of sales and operations at senior level from across the food industry in both UK and Europe.

Paul Stansfield

Advisor - Resident Representative

Paul has over 40 years experience in the business and the property sector and has served as Managing Director of the Experience Consortium as well as Pilton Group, and has carried out major developments in the commercial sector throughout the UK.  Paul is an equity partner of St Quintain, Director of Chesterton International PLC and Senior Partner of Stansfield Commercial York.

Andy Shrimpton

Advisor - Small Business Representative

Andy is the Managing Director of Cycle Heaven Ltd, a cycle retail company that he founded in 1993. Now with three York-based sites and over 20 employees, Cycle Heaven’s newest destination store and cafe is the largest cycle shop in North Yorkshire. He dates his involvement in cycling to a trip to Copenhagen in the 1980s which opened his mind to the possibilities of urban placemaking and of the potential of the bicycle, in particular, to help transform city life for the better.  

Stuart Page

Advisor - Education Representative

Stuart is Pro Vice Chancellor for Business Development at York St John University. He has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years as a lecturer in arts-based subjects and more recently in management. In his current role, Stuart aims to increase the academic community's engagement and partnerships with businesses and organisations located throughout the city and region.

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