Meet Our BID Board Directors

Lez Cope-Newman

BID Chair & Freeman of the Borough

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Being a native of Loughborough, my early years lived in the BID area of Ashby Road, I think over my 67 years I have seen it all…..lol. My history and experience are in entertainment, both locally and national. My career background is in retail, engineering and the hospitality industry. Currently the co-owner with my partner Derek Hunter, running the multi award winning Holywell Guesthouse Leicester Rd Loughborough. 

I am a founder Member of Loughborough Bid Ltd and currently the chairman. I have helped to put together a very strong management team who are responsible for both running and developing the way we do things, to helping and benefitting both the public and varied Loughborough Businesses. Over 600 in all. My involvement in my town is in my very DNA  

David Pagett-Wright

Practice Manager, Moss Solicitors

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David works at Moss Solicitors on Woodgate as a part-time Practice Manager, having previously been a Member Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Department for over 20 years.

He has a wealth of experience in both running a legal practice and advising a wide range of business and private clients and has worked at Moss since qualifying in 1989.

As well as being a director and former Chair of Love Loughborough BID, David is also actively involved in a number of other prominent local business and community organisations:

  • Chair of Loughborough Town Team, overseeing the implementation of the Town Centre Masterplan.
  • BID representative on the board of The Generator CIC.
  • Member of the Economy & Skills Sub-Group of Charnwood Together.
  • Member and former President of Loughborough Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

Dermot Breen

President of Loughborough Chamber of Trade & Commerce

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My experience includes Retail and Commercial Business Management and delivering Public Realm Improvements in Leicester and Loughborough.

I have delivered stakeholder partnership development and community safety initiatives including Crime and Disorder and CCTV schemes and secured Investment for the continued development of these projects.

I am also the President of the Loughborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Carol Whipham

Recruitment Consultant, Gill Cooke

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Born and raised in Loughborough, I have an affinity and real interest in the Town. I left the area in my middle years to pursue a career in the motor trade, followed by running my own business for 10 years selling golf equipment, clothing and accessories. 

I later went to work for the Professional Golfers Association and returned home to live in Loughborough nine years ago. Working in an Estate and Letting Agent as Branch Manager, I joined the Loughborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce following my renewed interest in the Town. I represented the Chamber on the BID Board during their first successful term, following the investment in to the success of the Healthy High Street.

I have recently moved to Gill Cooke Personnel , who have been committed to employment in the area for over 30 years.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to ask.

Caroline Nash

General Manager, Gill Cooke

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I moved to Loughborough from the South East in 1992 having worked initially in sales and then recruitment from the mid-80’s. I joined Gill Cooke Personnel the following year and have been General Manager since 2001. 

We provide the town with a full recruitment service, placing Commercial, Technical and Industrial workers into both Temporary and Permanent roles. Loughborough has been, and continues to be, a brilliant base for business. There are plenty of opportunities for serious job seekers, and businesses of all sizes and types who need them!

I am fully committed to the town and its commercial growth and development. To this end I have been a Board member of the Loughborough BID since it was first voted in, with particular involvement and participation on the Operations Team.  I am also on the Board of LATi, a  thriving networking group for people and companies who work in high-tech, science and engineering.  Gill Cooke Personnel  is  a member of the Loughborough Chamber of Commerce.

In my own time,  I enjoy the many benefits of living in Charnwood, taking full advantage of the leisure and outdoor opportunities there are to enjoy. 

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Jenny Boker

Charnwood Borough Councillor

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Zenib Abbas

Loughborough Retailer

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Alvin Bailess

Developer

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Karen Barnett

Director of Barnett’s Cafe

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Dr Tahera Khatun Bhojani-Lynch

Loughborough Retailer

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Louis Cavner

Loughborough Market Trader

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David Exley

Shopping Centre Manager

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Natalie Glass

Optometrist

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Sarah Goode

Loughborough Retailer

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Faizal Ahmed

Loughborough Retailer

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Rebecca Garratt

Company Director

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Kawsar Miah

Company Director

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Jonathan Morgan

Leader of the Council & Councillor

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Andrew Rhodes

McDonald’s Franchisee & BID Vice Chair

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Joseph Marson

Company Director

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Roger Perrett

Managing Director

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Mark Thomas

Branch Manager

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Michael Tyler

Director of Tyler’s Department Store

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Eric Vardy

Charnwood Borough Councillor

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Carol Whipham

Recruitment Consultant