The BID Board

The York BID company is governed by a voluntary Board of directors and advisors who provide strong governance, strategic direction and ensure oversight and scrutiny of the delivery of the BID business plan.

The Board is made up of influential representatives from the key business sectors, partner organisations and levy paying businesses in the city centre. For more information please refer to the Terms of Reference for Board Directors and Register of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Board positions are refreshed every two years as per the company articles of association. Applications for Board positions will be considered by acting Directors, based on their suitability for the roles available. An annual general meeting is typically held in June of each year, where any new elections will then be ratified by company members and levy paying businesses are invited to feedback on the company's performance.

To apply to become a BID Director your company must register as a member of York BID. Once completed, please contact a member of the BID team to register your interest.

The current acting BID Board Directors are listed below:

Michael Hjort

Chair - Hospitality Representative

Born and raised in York, Michael is a passionate advocate of the city and is a local high-profile chef and restaurateur who runs two firmly-established award-winning restaurants in the city. Michael is the owner of local hospitality businesses the Chopping Block and Walmgate Ale House, he also directs and manages the York Food and Drink 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 - Independent 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 former 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.

Robert Onyett

Director - Professional Services Representative

Robert is a solicitor at Harrowells where he serves as the 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 the Potions Cauldron 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 of York’s businesses and strengthening its presence in the city centre.

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.

Sarah Czarnecki

Director - Hospitality Representative

Sarah is Strategic Partner at Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant.  Sarah's diverse experience includes working in hotels, the probation service and as Company Director in the railway industry. The last five years has seen her return to her core passion; hospitality. Her role at Grays Court has involved steering the hotel to win the accolades of 'Visit York Hotel of the Year' two years in succession and 'Welcome to Yorkshire Best Small Hotel 2019'.  Sarah is currently appointed as Deputy Chair of Hospitality Association York (HAY) and sits as a member of the Indie York Steering Committee.

Angela Horner

Director - Retail Representative

Angela is an Associate Director of Browns Department Store, a family business that has been operating for over 100 years. She is also the Chairperson of  York Fashion Week, an annual event which is expanding rapidly and supporting the local economy. 

Rebecca Hill

Director - Independent Hospitality Representative

Rebecca is owner of Galtres Lodge Hotel and its Forest restaurant on Low Petergate.  Prior to taking on her own hotel business, Rebecca held senior positions at some of the best hotels in Yorkshire, and then set-up a consultancy business supporting independently owned hotels all over the UK.  Rebecca is also Chair of Indie York (the York Independent Business Association), and sits on the executive committee of the Hospitality Association York (HAY).

Nicola Arthur

Director - Retail Representative

Nicola is the Store Manager of Boots in York city centre and has over 20 years’ experience working in retail. She is passionate about city and town centre business and within her role has worked closely with both the BID, York Retail Forum and other partners for several years. Boots on Coney Street sits within the top 40 performing stores within the company (over 2500 stores) and ranks in the top 10 of the Northern England region. Nicola was also instrumental in the transformation of Boots into an anchor retailer for Trinity Leeds.

Doug Winter

Director - Professional Services Representative

Doug is one half of the founding partners of Isotoma, a cloud consultancy and application developer that has been operating in York city center for 17 years. He provides strategic support and detail management for the full software lifecycle and his range of experience includes innovative projects for creative entrepreneurs as well as a number of pan-European and global multi-year enterprise programmes.

Cllr Andrew Waller

Director - City of York Council Representative

Andrew was first elected as a councillor for Westfield in 1994, and was leader of the Council between 2008 and 2011. He jointly set up the Acomb Traders Association, Acomb Alive! Promoting business in the Front Street shopping area. He has campaigned on local services, including protecting community centres. Andrew has previously held the position of Interim Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Environment. Following his re-election in 2019, Andrew now holds the position of Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning.

Cllr Andy D'Agorne

Director - City of York Council Representative

Andy has represented Fishergate ward for the Green Party since being elected as one of the first Green councillors for York in 2003. He now serves as Deputy Council Leader and Leader of the Green Party in York. Over the years he has been involved in everything from securing LED lighting on the Millennium Bridge, campaigning for all flood protected access to the bridge, blocking extension of the marina along the riverbank, cycle lanes on Fulford Road, improvements outside Broadway shops, flooding, gritting, and setting up the snow warden scheme.

Lotte Inch

Advisor - Small Business Representative

Lotte is a Freelance Arts & Events Consultant. During the past two years she has curated Bloom! festival, an event celebrating 250 years of horticulture in the city. Lotte also runs her own Art Gallery in the city centre and is chair of the Fifth Quarter Trade Association representing businesses on Bootham and Gillygate.

Alistair Graham

Advisor - Residents Representative

Alistair has held Senior leadership positions in a wide range of major organisations, including Chief Executive of The Leeds Training and Enterprise Council, first Chair of the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland, Chief Executive of The Industrial Society (now known as the Work Foundation), Chair Police Complaints Authority, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Chair of the British Transport Police Authority and Chair of Phonepay Plus (now known as The Phone Paid Authority).

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