Jonathan Poole is the Centre Manager at The Liberty Shopping Centre and has held the role since April 2012. Previous to this, Jonathan was Centre Manager at The Victoria in Southend and Freeport Designer Village in Braintree. He has a wealth of retail experience having held senior roles with Habitat and Asda over a 12 year period before starting his career in shopping centre management in 1999.
Jonathan believes that a Business Improvement District is a great opportunity to showcase our town. Romford has so much to offer, from its shopping, to its vibrant night time social and entertainment scene, as well as a great place to live and work. As a business community it would be valuable for us to come together to drive even more success within Romford, creating a positive impact on the towns economy, residents and potential new visitors.
Sales and Marketing Manager for Land Management. Land Management own the Romford Shopping Hall which opened in 1933 and home to over 40 independent family owned shops.
Over 25 years organising large scale events including Black Tie award ceremonies for the Public Sector, Eco Driving events, a fashion show for Princess Royal Trust for Carers and International Summits for Afghanistan and Haiti.
As Managing Director of Made Public, Sarah drives a hard bargain, leads with the ferocity of a lion all whilst smiling sweetly; three attributes which more than likely led to her winning Havering Business Person of the Year in 2015. Sarah has an unrivalled knowledge in site regeneration, having paved the way for the creative rebirth of Romford through projects such as The Retailery and Colour in Romford. She is driven by her desire to exceed expectations, taking on projects that are often seen as impossible. Her forward thinking approach has already made her a specialist in shopping centre regeneration, which can be seen in the success of the Pie Eyed Festival that took place at The Brewery, Romford and the bestowing of the ‘Innovation Award’, received in 2016 for her work at The Quadrant. Lets face it there can’t be many people that graduate from Goldsmiths University with a 1st Class degree in Fine Art, who go on to single-handedly build a successful business empire dedicated to creative urban regeneration, all before turning the grand old age of 30. What a legend.
Tom Stobbart is the Centre manager of the Brewery in Romford. He has 16 years’ experience of Site, Operational and Sales management in retail, leisure, tourism and sport. Moving from being a groundsman at the start of his career to Head groundsman of Brentford FC, then becoming the Estate Manager of Royal Windsor racecourse. He then moved into business management within the holiday industry where he managed a 5 star holiday park before joining Savills in 2014 to take management of the Brewery.
Jonny Birkett is one of the UK’s leading place management specialists. After over a decade working as a town centre manager, BID director and chief executive, he now uses his expertise to help places create effective, pragmatic and innovative place management solutions.
His work in Business Improvement Districts won him international recognition as the 2010 winner of the IDA World Congress for creating an exceptional visitor experience. He was selected as one the six national Portas’ Pilot and Town Team advisors and in 2013 and was awarded the ATCM’s Chairman’s award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry for his work in place management in 2012.
He was the Association of Town and City Management’s – evening and night time economy expert leading on the developing of the international Purple Flag programme. His work included introducing ENTE economic development and place management programmes in cities across the UK, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and in North America.
He co-authored the Diversifying the Night-time Economy To Create Self-Regulating Town Centres guidelines commissioned by the Home Office as part of the 2014 national LAAA programme.
He is the Chief Place Engineer for Place Engine International and Chief Executive of Nightworks, the non-profit organisation supported by Central Government departments, global private sector partners and NTE specialists who have a vested interest in UK town and city centres having a more balanced and diverse daytime, evening and night time economy.
Nightworks is also the official Diversity lead for the British Government’s Home Offices LAAA2 programme.