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Alison BerneyeFreelance Project Manager - Tourism/ Independent Chair of the Bid Board.
Alison Berneye

Alison Berneye Freelance Project Manager - Tourism/ Independent Chair of the Bid Board.

The Bid is delighted to be working with local businesswoman Alison Berneye who joins the Bid team on a freelance basis to project manage our Destination Management plan & is the existing chair of the St Albans Visitor Partnership steering group.

Alison has also been appointed as independent Chair of The Bid board.

Sarah Gillow

Sarah Gillow Board Co-Vice Chairperson

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

Mandy McNeil Board Co-Vice Chairperson

With a background in financial markets and global corporate treasury and infrastructure executive management positions, Mandy holds a Masters in Applied Finance and Treasury Management.

The principal and CEO of MM International, an award winning international insurance consultancy firm since 2015, she has advised on +$50 billion in international government, corporate and commercial infrastructure project financings.  Mandy is the winner of a US Business Insurance Magazine 2012 Woman to Watch Award.

In 2008, Mandy sold a US based business to a Fortune 500 owned company and became an angel investor and business mentor.  She has developed and sold several award winning restaurants In Nashville and London and her collaboration with a US artist was awarded the Best New Product by the USA Textile Magazine in 2012.

She is active in the not for profit/charity sector, holds several Board Director positions and is the Portfolio Holder for Business, Tourism and Culture for St Albans District Council and Vice Chair of Save St Albans Pubs. Mandy was selected as a panel witness for the 2019 Treasury Select Committee investigation on business rates.

Kevin Walton

Kevin Walton Board Director

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.

Keith Newlan

Keith Newlan Board Director

Keith is a trained goldsmith working under Andrew Grima. Now, he is Director and goldsmith at Kings Hill Jewellers in Market Place, St Albans. Keith is committed to making St Albans a vibrant place to live and work.

Mark Pearse

Mark Pearse Board Director

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Richard Gann

Richard Gann Board Director

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Phil Corrigan

Phil Corrigan Board Director

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Jeremy Michael

Jeremy Michael Board Director

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.

Sam Mathur

Sam Mathur Director

Sam joins us from Metro Bank where he is a familiar face and known for supporting not only the local business community but the wider community with charity events and support to many charities and groups in the area.

Has a BSc Honours in Accounting & Finance and a MBA in Corporate Finance, International Marketing and Project Management from Brunel University. He is the Local Director for Metro Bank in St Albans and very much involved and committed to the local community.  He is established as a dedicated professional with over 16 years of experience in relationship & portfolio management. He is an energetic team player who has an exceptional work ethic and desire to achieve, enabling him to naturally build and nurture excellent and enduring relationships with clients and colleagues. Sam has built his banking experience with the RBS Group – he was previously an Associate Director Private Banker at Coutts & Co and prior to that was Senior Private Banking Manager for NatWest.

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.

Get involved

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.