The operation and management of Nottingham is overseen by a Board of Directors. The composition of the Board reflects the BID’s membership with Directors drawn from the retail, leisure, office and education sectors.
Lewis became a director in 2019, bringing valuable retail and corporate experience to the Nottingham BID. He has a strong commercial and leadership background, currently the Head of Branch at John Lewis & Partners Nottingham, a position he has held since November 2016. Prior to this, Lewis has led other John Lewis stores and has held positions in personnel, head office and numerous operations manager roles. His experience gives him a wealth of knowledge and skills that will be invaluable in continuing to make the Nottingham BID successful.
Originally from Kent, Lewis first came to Nottingham to study Criminology at Nottingham Trent University in 2005. During his time here, he fell in love with the city and was keen to find an opportunity to return, finally relocating with his family in 2016. Lewis has a passion for the city and is keen to play an active role in ensuring that Nottingham thrives in the future.
Stephen joined the BID Board in 2016 and represents the interests of members in the education sector. He has a strong background in finance, and most recently was Commercial Development Director at Nottingham Trent University. He is also on the board of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Stephen is a qualified Accountant, having started his career at Bass plc, progressing into several senior financial roles in the company’s pubs, restaurants and holiday centre subsidiaries. He then moved to Crest Hotels and was part of a small team that acquired, for Bass, Holiday Inn. Upon completion of the acquisition, he became Chief Financial Officer for Holiday Inn – Europe, Middle East and Africa and later moved to Hong Kong as Chief Financial Officer and Head of IT for Holiday Inn – Asia Pacific.
He was later seconded, as acting Managing Director, to establish new businesses in South Africa for Bass’s Leisure subsidiary. Stephen was then invited to join the Board of John Ryan Company and was appointed Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Financial Officer, with additional responsibility for IT, Logistics and HR. His next move was to join the Board of easyCar as Finance Director/Company Secretary. In 2003, Stephen joined Nottingham Trent University where he held the post of Chief Financial and Operations Officer and was co-opted as an executive member of the Board of Governors for 12 years. He was appointed as Commercial Development Director in 2015, a position he held until 2017.
Richard Johal joined the Nottingham BID board in July 2017 to represent the interests of the BID’s hotel members. Richard is a Director of the St James Hotel located on Rutland Street, as well as being Chairman of the Nottingham Hospitality Association (formerly the Nottingham Hoteliers Association). Born in Nottingham, after completing an economics degree in Manchester, Richard had a brief spell in private banking before joining the family business, which has various hotel, conferencing and commercial property interests in Nottingham.
He has spent over three years as General Manager of the hotel, leading on its rebranding from Rutland Square Hotel to St James Hotel, as well as being a Director of the hotel and his family’s other businesses.
Polly is operations manager for the JunkBars Nottingham group which includes Boilermaker, Junkyard and The Herbert Kilpin. She originally joined the business in 2013 as the floor manager at Boilermaker, taking over as general manager in 2014 and then in 2016 she took on the role of operations manager.
Prior to working for JunkBars, Polly was senior events manager at Gorilla Events, leading the private wedding/party side of the business as well as working on their larger events at Henley Royal Regatta, Polo in the Park London and the 2012 Sailing Olympics in Weymouth. During the years that Polly has worked in the hospitality sector, she has gained experience in a range of different areas of the industry – bars, restaurant, events, and opening venues, skills that she will put to good use as a director of Nottingham BID.
Nigel became a director of Nottingham BID in 2016 due to his role at intu who own the two major shopping centres in Nottingham city centre – intu Victoria Centre and intu Broadmarsh. Nigel, who is originally from Nottingham, is the general manager at intu Victoria Centre.
He moved back to the city in 2014 from his role as general manager at intu Derby following the announcement of the centre’s £40 million remodelling and refurbishment scheme. Nigel previously worked at Next, Disney, Selfridges and Hamleys – gaining experience internationally throughout Europe, India, Russia, Vietnam and the Middle East among others.
Geoff has been on the Nottingham BID Board since its formation in 2012, and is also chairman of the Independent Advisory Group which represents the interests of independent businesses in the city.
He is the director and co founder of The Tokenhouse, an independent gift shop on St Peter’s Gate that he opened in 1973 with his wife Diz. He is also the director and founder of Lime Gallery incorporating Framework picture framers on Derby Road, another of the city’s independent businesses.
Geoff first came to Nottingham on a school trip to Nottingham Playhouse in 1967 and liked it so much he came here to study and hasn’t yet found a reason to leave.
He is passionate about keeping Nottingham a vibrant and pleasant place to visit.