Watford Business
Improvement District (BID) Ltd

Meet the BID team

Maria Manion

Maria Manion

Chief Executive

Maria is responsible for ensuring the BID company delivers against it's 5 year business plan.

Email: maria@watfordbid.co.uk Tel: 01923 919 981

Jill Farnsworth

Jill Farnsworth

Head of Operations & Development

Jill is responsible for the BID projects, communicating with levy payers and handling the contracts with outside organisations.

Email: jill@watfordbid.co.uk Tel: 01923 919 982

Glen Hempenstall

Glen Hempenstall

Marketing & Communications Manager

Glen manages the BID’s marketing and communications including the websites, social media networks, PR and promotional projects.

Email: marketing@watfordbid.co.uk Tel: 01923 919 983

Kara Mesiano

Kara Mesiano

Business Manager

Kara manages the BID Board, monitors data such as footfall counter reports, undergoes business visits, and is the first point of contact for any BID enquiries.

Email: kara@watfordbid.co.uk Tel: 01923 919 984

John Hattingh

John Hattingh

Watford Business Against Crime Officer’

John is responsible for managing the retail Business Against Crime scheme across the town. John works part time and spends his time working with the retail businesses, and can be found at either the Police station or the BID office

Email: john.hattingh@herts.pnn.police.uk Tel: 07732 009438

Get in touch with the Watford BID team

Email: enquiries@watfordbid.co.uk Tel: 01923 919 989

Visit their offices

5 Kings Court
153 Lower High Street
Watford
WD17 2ER

Meet the BID board members

Vicki Costello

Vicki Costello
intu
Chair

Bio coming soon...

Kwame Tefe

Kwame Tefe
JD Wetherspoon

Kwame has worked for Wetherspoons for over 22 years. He joined the company as a cleaner in November 1991 and worked his way through the ranks to Area Manager Role before settling down as the Pub Manager, his preferred role.

He has been in his current position for over 18 years. His qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and Resource Development and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management.

Gary Foley

Gary Foley
Watford Leisure Centre - Central

Gary has over 12 years’ experience in leisure management across private & public sectors. He has held a number of senior management roles including positions at LA fitness and Hertsmere Leisure, He moved to Watford as General Manager in 2015 and was part of the team at Everyone Active who secured a second term contract with Watford borough council.

He holds a Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management & is a Member of the Chartered institute of Management of Sport & physical activity.

Maria Manion

Maria Manion
Watford BID Ltd

Maria Manion is the Chief Executive. Maria will be responsible for ensuring the BID company delivers against its 5 year business plan.

Chris Luff

Chris Luff
Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce

Bio coming soon...

John Gautrey

John Gautrey
Citiparks

Bio coming soon...

Daniel Berko

Daniel Berko
Aspect Property Group Limited
Vice Chair

Daniel is a Director and Shareholder at Aspect Property Group Limited, a local privately run family property company , where he has acted as Head of Property for the past 10 years. Daniel has been busy buying and managing Aspect's UK-wide commercial property portfolio. The Group has a particularly strong focus on the High Street retail investment market and is currently playing a very active role in a number of projects that are key to the regeneration of Watford Town Centre.

Prior to joining Aspect, Daniel was a surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton for 5 years, a leading UK commercial property and real estate consultancy.

Jill Farnsworth

Jill Farnsworth
Watford BID Ltd

Jill Farnsworth is Head of Operations & Development. Jill will be responsible for the BID projects, communicating with levy payers and handling the contracts with outside organisations.

Jill Farnsworth

Phil Holby
Walkabout (Stonegate)

Bio coming soon...

Jill Farnsworth

Kathryn Robson
Watford Borough Council

Bio coming soon...

Jill Farnsworth

Donna Nolan
Watford Borough Council

Bio coming soon...

Tony King

Tony King
Warren Anthony Estate Agents

Bio coming soon...

Observers / Visitors

Peter Taylor
Elected Mayor

Bio coming soon...

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards
Coming soon

Bio coming soon...