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End of an Era Brings Exciting Opportunity at Lancaster BID

9th May 2019

Lancaster BID Manager Rachael Wilkinson is stepping down after four and a half years at Lancaster BID, making way for an exciting job opportunity for the right candidate!
 
Rachael is stepping down from the role of Lancaster BID Manager after 4 and a half years of working for Lancaster BID. Rachael initially joined Lancaster BID in 2014 as the Events & Marketing Assistant and later became the Lancaster BID Manager after a few years in post. 
 
Rachael has been an integral cog in the Lancaster BID machine over the last few years and has paved the way for delivering change in the city centre. Rachael has been responsible for leading the charge on a host of improvements projects such as the innovating planting scheme and improved cleansing and fault reporting system, as well as developing popular annual events such as Dino-Day, Festa Italia and The Christmas Lights Switch On. 
 
Lancaster BID Manager Rachael Wilkinson said: "It has been a privilege to work at Lancaster BID over the last four and a half years. Although I am not from Lancaster, it has become a second home to me and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with a range of businesses and stakeholders in the area, as well as my wonderful team Victoria, Tom and Phil. I am especially thankful to Susan Rutherford and the Lancaster BID Directors for all their support towards me in my role."
 
"Although there have been a number of changes recently at Lancaster BID, the BID is as strong as ever. The BID is a constantly changing and evolving entity that is fuelled by local businesses and business owners working together to achieve a common goal, with some amazing outcomes. Although a few key members have recently stepped down from Lancaster BID, we are also welcoming some brilliant new members to the Lancaster BID Board and Sub Groups including Professor Dame Sue Black of Lancaster University, Chris Lingwood proprietor of Down To Earth and Nick Wilkinson Director of Lune Properties which owns and manages a number of commercial properties within the city centre."
 
Rachael's resignation from the post of BID Manager means that an exciting opportunity has arisen to work for Lancaster BID. The BID are seeking a highly motivated professional to deliver the Lancaster BID programme, as well as seeing the BID through a successful renewal ballot in 2020. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing and delivering complex projects, as well as being an excellent communicator and problem solver.
 
Rachael continued: "I am excited for the future of Lancaster BID. The businesses and team at Lancaster BID have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for 2019 and beyond. The role of Lancaster BID Manager is amazing for someone looking to make a real change to the city, on behalf of the business operating here, and allows the right candidate to put their own stamp on the programme of delivery."
 
If you are interested in the role of Lancaster BID Manager, visit www.lancasterbid.org/Downloads to download the full job description and application form. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th May 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 4th June 2019. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rachael Wilkinson on bidmanager@lancasterbid.org or phone 01524 590650. 
 
Rachael's departure from Lancaster BID comes just a couple of months after it was announced that Lancaster BID Chair Susan Rutherford and Director Paul Cusimano were stepping down from Lancaster BID. The contributions made by Susan and Paul have been so significant and important for the development of the BID, that the Lancaster BID Directors have decided to award them Honorary Membership of Lancaster BID. Honorary Membership of Lancaster BID can be bestowed to anyone who has contributed positively to Lancaster BID, but who can no longer dedicate the time to continue to contribute to the organisation. This recognition can be bestowed by the Directors of Lancaster BID, who may also invite Honorary Members to special occasions and key events.


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