BID Board

Discover more about the BID Board working with the Business Improvement District members to help manage the Town Centre.


Ross Drake

Ross is the owner and franchisee of the McDonald's restaurant on Northbrook Street in Newbury town centre.

Prior to setting up this business he worked in senior Marketing and General Management roles for a range of large blue chip companies including Mars, Coca-Cola and Royal Mail.

Ross is passionate about the BID and its work to make Newbury more successful. Local businesses working together will have a much bigger impact than any single business could ever achieve and by making Newbury more successful we will help our own businesses to be more successful.

Outside of work his is a big Rugby Union fan, although sadly no longer playing he will often be found watching local clubs as well as cheering on England and the Lions.

Scott Waters

Scott has worked for David Clulow for almost twenty years, with nearly half of that time in Newbury. Having risen through the ranks from a technician he is now a store director. Customer service is a passion for Scott and his team. Living in the area surrounding Newbury since childhood Scott is very proud to be part of the BID board and is looking forward to working as part of the team.

Robert Boobyer

Rob Boobyer is Head of Marketing at Newbury Racecourse. He joined the Racecourse in 2013, during a period of significant change, with the on-going housing development, the opening of the new Rocking Horse Nursery and The Lodge hotel, as well as the continued growth of raceday attendances.

He has worked in the sport, leisure and tourism sector for the past 20 years. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the BID and as a voluntary contributor, the Racecourse is fully supportive of the town and initiatives to improve it and the wider West Berkshire area.

Andy Day

Andy started work with Gosport Borough Council in 1977 as a Junior Clerk and left in 2001 having carried out a number of roles, the last being Head of Committee Services. This work involved managing the democratic processes in place at that time, corporate property and civic events. At the end of his career at Gosport Andy was also responsible for managing the campaign to save the last remaining military hospital in England, Haslar Hospital, from closure. This work resulted in a number of very high profile events, providing evidence to the Defence Select Committee and harnessing the support of all local authorities in the surrounding area.

Andy joined West Berkshire Council in July 2001 as Policy Manager in order to expand his experience across a wide range of areas and was promoted to Head of Policy and Communication (now Head of Strategic Support) in 2008. Andy is now responsible for a number of corporate functions such as Democratic and Electoral Services, Land Charges, Performance, Research and Consultation, Safer Communities, Public Relations, Graphics and Web Development, Emergency Planning and Policy and Scrutiny. Andy is a qualified Chartered Secretary and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Lindsey Finch

Lindsey is the Deputy Commander for the West Berks Police area and has been based at Newbury Police Station since April 2011. She has been in the Police for over 20 years working in many different towns such as High Wycombe, Marlow, Slough, Wokingham and Reading. This has provided a wealth of experience in all aspects of policing – including issues relating to the night time economy, community safety and crime prevention.

She has lived in the West Berkshire area for many years and welcomes the opportunity to work with others to continue to make Newbury a town that is safe, vibrant and welcoming both to residents, workers and visitors.

Graeme Leech

Over 25 years in property management and property lettings led me to establish Regent Lettings where we pride ourselves on helping clients and customers - rather than landlords and tenants.

We offer a complete service for renting out your home, for finding a home to rent and provide property investment advice. I lead a fantastic team who really do care and have helped Regent Lettings become the foremost independent specialist lettings agency in Newbury, West Berkshire.

Rupert Reeves

Rupert Reeves is a residential Partner of Carter Jonas whose main responsibility is for managing the residential sales office in Newbury. Rupert has worked in the Newbury area for the last 22 years so has a great deal of local knowledge and considerable experience of selling all types of residential properties in and around the town.

Andy Murrill

Andy Murrill is the editor of the Newbury Weekly News and He was previously editor of the Reading Post for more than 15 years and his newspapers won several national awards during that time. He was a founding director of Reading UK CIC, the town’s economic development company, and helped establish the Reading Business Improvement District in 2005, the first successful BID vote outside London. He was also asked by the borough council to chair the Reading 2012 Partnership Board which coordinated all Olympic and Jubilee celebrations in the town. Andy is committed to supporting local communities and businesses and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Philip Gray

Philip is a Partner at Thomas Eggar Solicitors. He has lived & practiced in the Newbury Area for over 15 years and has experience of all areas of non-contentious commercial property work. He has worked extensively both within West Berkshire and nationally for landlords and tenants on all leasehold matters, purchasing and selling business property and advising on the property elements of corporate acquisitions and disposals. The Newbury office of Thomas Eggar was formerly part of Penningtons Solicitors which has been in the town in various guises since the 1970’s. Thomas Eggar is a leading law firm in the South, offering a comprehensive range of legal services to private clients and commercial organisations.

Philip also takes a keen interest in the Newbury Community and until recently was Chairman of Newbury Round Table which puts on the “Crafty Craft” race every year and raises money for West Berkshire focused causes.

Chris Davies

Chris Davies is a Director of Ross Brooke, Chartered Accountants in Old Bath Road. Chris has worked in Newbury for over 20 years and during that time has helped many local businesses in the town from start-ups to larger established businesses. Chris takes an active interest in the success of local business and can be seen most days in the town catching up with local retailers and professional contacts.

He is keen to see Newbury thrive and was delighted to be given the chance to help local businesses and the community when offered the opportunity to join the BID board.

David Pickett

David Pickett is Centre Director for Parkway Shopping in Newbury. He was appointed to the role in June 2014, and has over ten years of experience in Shopping Centre Management, managing centres in Dorset, Surrey and Hampshire. Working alongside the BID is an integral part of the role of Centre Director, as the link between a shopping centre and its’ town in which it is located is vital to each parts success.

Jean Ince

As co-owner of Artifax the Picture Framers Jean has had a retail gallery in Bartholomew Newbury since the year 2000 and an on line mirrors business, for the last 5 years.

Jean is the only Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framer who is also an Accredited Picture Framing Trainer and Examiner in the Berkshire Area.

Prior to that she had a career in H.R., where latterly she worked as HR and Communications Director for Sovereign Housing Association and 12 years prior to that as National Distribution HR Manager for Woolworths. Jean is particularly interested in art and spends her leisure time painting.

Hugh Peacocke

Hugh is the Chief Executive officer of Newbury Town Council. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including town improvement, regeneration and development. Hugh is working with the BID so that together the Town Council and the BID can combine resources to promote the business and community life of Newbury.

Alison Bird

Alison has been a retail manager for over 20 years in the Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire areas, and within the Parkway shopping Development in Newbury since 2012.

Originally from a farming family, she loves the friendly, vibrant atmosphere of Newbury and the beautiful countryside and picturesque canal – perfect for walking and photography which she loves.

In the time she has been working here she has seen the town grow and continue to prosper and thinks it is an exciting time for businesses within the area, and is proud to be part of the BID team.

James Allen

Matt Garvey

Matt Garvey is Managing Director of West Berkshire Training Consortium which is based on Cheap Street in Newbury. WBTC specialise in recruiting and training apprentices for local businesses and the charity has served West Berkshire since 1983. Matt first started working in Newbury in October 2000 and has built relationships with many local businesses who take on and train apprentices. He believes that Newbury BID can help build a vibrant business community to enrich the town, it’s residents and visitors.

Phil Opie

I have a career in banking with over 28 years’ experience in the variety of roles. These roles have led me to develop strong interpersonal skills and I am able to listen and generate opinions for a range of situations.

I have spent the majority of my career within Surrey, Hampshire and West Berkshire and have built up a significant network of businesses and professional clients and contacts. Having launched Metro Bank in Newbury in November 2015 I have grown my local contacts and feel I have a key role to play within the community as part of the BID board.

Anna Sampson

I have a real understanding of the unique challenges and possibilities that a BID brings and feel passionate about the benefits that Newbury BID offers this town.

Working with Bournemouth BID for over 4 years, in roles as ‘Business Support’ and ‘Design Manager’ I managed the communication to BID businesses and developed a trusted relationship with hundreds of local businesses owners. My persuasive communication style, both at board meetings and face-to-face with levy paying businesses, brought many positive results.

I moved to Newbury last year and now work locally in the role of Manager of Boomerang Creative, part of the BDZ Group situated in the town centre. Working with many local businesses including Hogan Music also part of the BDZ group, I know first-hand just how important it is that Newbury remains a safe attractive and vibrant town.

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