Who we are

The team develops programmes and services that aim to meet the proposed initiatives as outlined in the business plan.  Meet the people who plan, deliver and communicate work by the BID.    


The BID Team

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From left to right: Andrew Lowson, Executive Director; Melissa Vogel, Marketing and Communications Lead; Elliot Sawyer, Operations Manager

The office team oversee the development, delivery and promotion of the BID's projects, programmes and services.



Andrew Lowson

Executive Director

Andrew began his career undertaking commercial master planning and project management within the aviation and rail sectors.  He then moved into economic development for a government agency before becoming Managing Director of a York-based events company, where he helped double turnover and expanded operations in the UK.  Andrew brings experience of running a small business and understanding of working with multiple stakeholders on economic improvement programmes

Elliot Sawyer

Operations Manager

Elliot has firsthand experience running a local business, having worked with his family’s firm. Teaming this experience with working in Customer Service Management for several years, Elliot identifies and resolves key issues using data to manage the development and delivery of the BID's operations and programmes.

Melissa Vogel

Marketing and Communications Lead

Melissa specialises in public relations and communications. She began her career working for a major US media network and then served as senior publicist for several international publishers, delivering promotional and media campaigns in North America. She has also worked in quality assurance and standards in Higher Education.

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