After completing a degree in fashion textiles at Brighton University, Sarah worked as a women’s fashion lingerie buyer for Marks and Spencer. Fast forward a few years, she left to pursue a role as creative director at Galio Jewellers on George Street.
For the last 25 years, she has worked with her husband to build the business. Together they own Galio and Jago Jewellers in St Albans. Now the work is full time and full on, especially with her involvement in the St Albans BID.
To supplement an already full diary, Sarah works with successive charities as a fundraiser, organising an annual fashion show at Lords Cricket Ground for Cancer Research (that raised in excess of £100k over successive years)and a Gala dinner in aid of Rennie Grove. She also volunteers at a homeless shelter and the largest Asylum Seekers Drop In centre in the UK.
Mandy McNeil is a District Councillor for Sopwell in St Albans, She active in the local community both as a campaigner and as a volunteer in the charity and not-for-profit sector. She is a board director of Radio Verulam, St Albans’ community radio station, and champions local independent food and drink businesses via St Albans Tastes.
She is vice-chair and campaign manager for Save St Albans Pubs and Save UK Pubs, and is responsible for transforming the campaign for local landlords into a national campaign for independent publicans, fighting for fundamental business rate reform.
Mandy is a World Trade Centre survivor and as a result has an understanding and empathy for those who have suffered from prejudice, shock, grief and trauma.
Kevin is the Canon Chancellor at St Albans Cathedral, which means that he is a member of the its governing body, the Chapter, with particular responsibility for its visitor welcome and its varied learning programmes. He also masterminds the annual Alban Pilgrimage, and is a director of Cathedral Enterprises, which comprises the Cathedral shop, café, and online box office. As a BID Director, he sees a common purpose between the Cathedral, businesses and other sectors in encouraging more people to come to St Albans and experience its wonderful and unique heritage.
Jeremy leads SMG’s UK branch in St Albans. SMG are a leading customer experience management firm and Jeremy brings his deep industry knowledge and contagious energy to multi-unit brands seeking to drive loyalty. Having been heavily involved with over 100 clients, Jeremy has focused on both customer satisfaction and mystery shopping programmes whilst at SMG. Prior experience includes time at global research agency TNS, where he worked on projects for brands such as Harrods, Holiday Inn, and Pret a Manger. Jeremy graduated with an honours degree in French and Spanish and a master’s degree in tourism and hospitality management. Jeremy has served as an official judge at the UK Customer Experience Awards and has appeared as a thought leader on BBC1, ITV, CNBC, and BBC Radio Five Live.
After a yes vote on the BID ballot for St Albans in 2016, the BID Company was given the green light to invest £2.5m in the City Centre over 5 years.
St Albans BID is delivered by businesses for businesses, with a BID office directed by a Board of representatives of the BID area. Effective governance of the BID is essential for clear decision-making and the ability for businesses to have their ideas become reality. St Albans BID Board meets regularly to ensure best practices and best value in all that we do. Levy payers are welcome to request information on Board decisions and relevant Board meeting minutes upon request.
We are always looking for new dynamic board members to shape our story. Join our current board members and make a difference to your City. Our main aim is to strengthen the Board with senior levy payers from a broad background to represent a wide range of sectors such as digital, marketing, leisure, hospitality or finance; keeping a balance on age, gender and the different areas within the district. During the BID’s term, £2.5 million will be invested into the BID’s priorities: making St Albans a cleaner and safer City, driving business support and networking and promoting an active and attractive district where businesses can start-up, stay up and thrive.
We want to hear from senior decision makers from large organisations or SMEs that are currently BID levy payers who want to give back to the community and help improve the City by delivering the core areas within the BID business plan. Board members are expected to take a leading role alongside the BID team to help develop initiatives within the main priorities for the City.