Meet the Team 2019

In May 2019, The new Kendal BID Board took up position. Brian Harrison, the former Vice Chair was unanimously voted on as Chair and Nick Pitt has taken up the position as Vice Chair..

We are pleased to announce that Richard Moore and Jan Nicholson also remain on the Board, moving into our second term.

We welcome the following new members;

Chris Taylor- Third sector

Adrian Thiedman – Small Business
Nick Pitt – Large Retailer

Aaron Gilby- Large Retailer

Lynda Johnston- small business

Also, representation from CCC, SLDC and KTC

The Board will meet on the first Tuesday of every month


The BID manager is Sarah Williams and was appointed by the BID Board of Directors.

This group is responsible for delivering the BID Business Plan on behalf of the town.  The BID Directors are:

Brian Harrison, Director, Chair & BID representative on Kendal Futures (Representing Small Business)

Brian Harrison is renowned in Kendal for being formally of the Federation of Small Businesses and Director of B and M Harrison Limited Financial Advice Professionals. A former Board Member (under the FSB), Brian’s business has recently opted in  to pay the Levy so that he can join us again on the BID Board. Brian served in the Royal Air Force for 10 years and has over 30 years in financial services at a senior level.



Richard Moore, Director (Representing Office and Professional Services)

Richard has been managing partner, at Temple Heelis for almost 10 years and has seen remarkable change during that time, both with the needs of the firm’s own business, but also those of the businesses he advises. He brings, to the BID Board, his experience in running a firm and advising businesses.




Jan Nicholson, Director (Representing Hospitality)
Jan owns and runs Kendal Hostel with her daughter. As a family run business, they understand the need for great customer service and a passion for the area they live in. Jan represents accommodation providers on the BID Board and she is also an experienced Blue Badge Guide.


The Rev’d Dr Chris Taylor, Director (Representing Third Sector)

Chris arrived in Kendal 42 years ago. Based at the Brewery Arts Centre as Youth and Drama Officer, he worked with schools across Cumbria and directed Youth & Community Theatre. Chris trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with Distinction.Years later, he was ordained as Curate at St George’s before heading off to Oxford then Leeds. He remained involved with theatre, turning his church into an Arts venue, and setting up theatre companies for homeless people. Retiring to Kendal, Chris was Chair of Castle Street Centre, raising the money to buy the building for the community. He is a founder trustee of Kendal Community Theatre. He plays the trombone in the Kendal Concert Band.

Adrian Thiedman, Director (Representing Small Business)





 Nick Pitt, Director  (Representing Large Retailer)


Nick has 20 years in retail asset management, previously managing nearly a million sq ft of retail in Wolverhampton and worked as an associate director in Savills.

He also worked for Lloyds of London for a number of years after serving in the Household Cavalry regiment specifically the Blues and Royals.

Currently employed by Praxis, responsible for a number of shopping centres including Westmorland in Kendal.


Aaron Gilby, Director  (Representing Large Retailer)

Aaron is the manager of WH Smith Kendal and Barrow. He has over 10 years of knowledge in the retail sector. He is a keen fell Walker of the Lakes and loves the area, so much so he relocated across from East Yorkshire. He is very keen to help grow tourism in Kendal and show the world what the town is about.




Sarah Williams, Kendal BID Manager 

Sarah joined as a part- time Kendal BID Manager in August 2014 and brings with her a vast amount of experience in senior project management and a love of Kendal. She also runs Fantastic Kendal (Kendal Tourist Information Centre) as a philanthropic venture and as the founder of Kendal Farmers Market, she is now a Director of Kendal Farmers Market Ltd.






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