The BID Board
Sue is the Senior Partner at Your Move Petty Freeman with both MARLA and MNAEA qualifications she is the Chairman of Sidcup Partners Ltd and has lived and worked in the Sidcup area for over 20 years. Deputy Chairman of the PTA at Our Lady of the Rosary School Sidcup.
Prior to working here Sue worked in London at lloyds Bank for 16 years before leaving to start a family. Family life is very important to Sue “I’m blessed in having a wonderful family to support me.”
Sue enjoys spending time with family, holidays, reading and cooking.
Sue is committed in continuing to make Sidcup a safe and happy environment for her grandsons to grow up in.
“I will give my 100 percent commitment to all of the businesses in the bid area to enable them to achieve the best possible return on their business.”
BID Vice Chairman
MERTON COURT SCHOOLBID
Dominic was educated at Kingswood House Preparatory School, Epsom and Bedales School, Hampshire. He also attended College Stanislas, Paris. Dominic graduated from King Alfred’s College, Winchester where he majored in modern foreign languages.
In 1988 he successfully completed his MBA in Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations at City University Business School, London (now Cass Business School). Dominic has worked in education for over thirty years and has been a headmaster of Merton Court School, a 320 pupil Co-ed prep school in Sidcup for over twenty years and became proprietor in 2016.
The school has sponsored events regularly in Sidcup and has actively championed the Bid as a way of making Sidcup a better place to work and live.
Dominic has been a past Chairman of the South East London fundraising branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He is Past President of Sidcup Round Table and a current member of Sidcup 41 Club. He served on the Mayor of Bexley’s Charity Fundraising Committee 2013/14 and has lived in Sidcup for 29 years.
Dr Andrew Walker
Dr Andrew Walker
VICE PRINCIPLE – ROSE BRUFORD
Dr Andrew Walker has been Vice Principal at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance since 2010. Before moving to the College Andrew worked for many years at the University of Lincoln. He as degrees from The University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield.
Andrew was a trustee of Bexley Heritage Trust between 2010 and 2017 and he has a keen interest in Sidcup’s local history.
Amongst Andrew’s roles at Rose Bruford College is a responsibility for ensuring that the College engages as fully as possible with the aims of Sidcup BID with which the institution is very supportive. As Andrew comments ‘It’s in all of our interests whether residents, students or workers within Sidcup to ensure that the locality is as attractive and well presented as possible. As part of the BID board we are all keen to find ways of promoting Sidcup’s strengths within the London Borough of Bexley and well beyond.’
I joined Barclays Bank in October 1985 , after various banking roles I finally worked in Business Banking where I have worked for over 10 years , I have been in my current role for 4 years.
Although I am based at the Sidcup Branch I am out on the road most of the time seeing businesses at their place of work.
I look after a portfolio of around 120 customers who are mainly located in the Sidcup and Orpington area.
My aim is to build and maintain long term business relationships with both existing and new business customers by providing support and advise to them with regards to their banking needs.
This could range from explaining the various tools and products available to them to helping them access finance for their business.
I am keen to increase the profile of Sidcup Town centre and support the local businesses in the high street with various Barclays events that can give businesses advise and support on various topics to help their individual businesses thrive and grow
Being part of Sidcup Partners gives me an opportunity to do this and to also know first hand what is happening in the town and to see where I can support from a Bank prospective.
Mel is one of the Board members that have been involved with Sidcup BID from the outset. Mel wanted to unlock Sidcup’s potential and believed that a Business Improvement District would be the ideal tool to do this.
Mel is genuinely committed to Sidcup both professionally and personally. Living in the borough with her two children who go to school she also runs a successful co owned family business in Sidcup which she has been growing for the last three years.
Mel says “I am passionate about making Sidcup the place to be, I feel there is huge potential for the town. The aims of the Sidcup Partners Ltd which include events to increase the footfall in the high street, support to local businesses and creating a sense of community are ideas I fully endorse. I look forward to the next five years and am confident Sidcup will blossom.
Jess Edwards is the Pub Manager of the Tailors Chalk, right in the centre of Sidcup High Street. Jess has been the PM since January 2016 and worked as a Duty Manager at other local Wetherspoon pubs for the past 15 years. The pub prides themselves on being at the heart of the community and a friendly place for everyone, including families. We hold monthly charity events at the pub, including a quiz night and darts night and have raised over £2,500 in the last 9 months for CLIC Sargent, a charity which helps young people with cancer. Several of my team are students at the local Arts and Performance colleges and we recently joined up with our sister pub in Welling, The New Cross Turnpike to put on a Night of Variety, raising over £1,000 for CLIC Sargent.
The pub is a welcome place from breakfast at 8am until last orders, and is often the first port of call for those staying in the local hotels. Jess and the team are proud of Sidcup and always love to tell visitors of all the wonderful things that make Sidcup unique.
SIRMAN AND LEE
A senior creative and business founder, Steve uses his digital design expertise to bring brands to life and support success. He has built his experience designing impactful websites and apps for well-known commercial brands and charities including Red Bull, Lindt and Breast Cancer Care.
Today Steve leads a talented team to offer; branding, digital design, SEO, and printed marketing materials. Working with a range of organisations here in the UK and further afield across the globe.
Steve’s varied client base includes, online retailers, award winning charities, councils and legal & financial services. In each case, his digital expertise has supported business goals and growth over the last ten years.
Lua Jessie Burrows
Lua Jessie Burrows
After leaving university lua partnered with her mother to open calm collective, a boutique family run yoga studio in the heart of sidcup with a focus on health, well-being and community. She has a passion for helping others as well as creating a thriving business that maintains an inclusive environment working towards achieving the highest state of health, happiness & well-being in the community.”
Jenny supervises the residential property conveyancing team at RG Law. She has worked as a lawyer for 7 years after a career change from the television industry.
RG Law are experts in residential conveyancing, wills, probate and estate planning. Our focus is to deliver a smooth, quick and professional experience for our clients. They have one branch in Sidcup High Street and another in York. Jenny established and Chairs their health and 0wellbeing committee which champions making RG Law a happy and healthy place to work.
Jenny has lived in Sidcup most of her life and values investment in services for the local community. She says she cares deeply about our impact on the planet. She respects the significant effort the BID is making towards decreasing the use of plastic and promoting environmentally sustainable options for business.
Prior to her involvement in Sidcup Partners, she worked on a community cinema project “Sidcup Pop Up Cinema” which screened movies following the closure our local cinema. She organised a number of successful screenings and had the honour of being a host for the Rob Knox Film Festival.
With more than 15 years’ experience in online media advertising, Richard has worked with a range of national companies such as 118 Media, Touch Local and BT during his professional career.
In 2010, Richard took the step to go it alone by launching his own digital agency designed to help businesses advertise themselves more effectively through the creation of responsive design websites and online marketing techniques.
In 2014 Richard opened Resknowas a walk-in studio on Sidcup High Street – providing local businesses with a Google affiliated, one-stop-shop for all digital marketing, branding, design and print solutions.
As a passionate member of Sidcup Partners, Richard supports various local events, such as Lark in the Park, as well as raising money for charities such as Cancer Research UK.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit at his local David Lloyd, and playing cricket for his local team – which he has been a member of for the past 30 years!