Meet the BID Board of Directors

Governance

The Board consists of up to 17 members:

  • 6 representatives from Retailers (can include 2 representatives from service providers).
  • 2 representatives from office-based business.
  • 2 representatives from the night time economy.
  • 2 representatives from leisure and tourism.
  • 1 MVDC executive member.
  • 1 Resident Dorking North or South ward councillor.
  • 1 Resident observer.
  • 1 Police observer.
  • 1 MVDC officer observer.Andrew Fuller Chairman representing retail.

Basil Doha representing retail.
Teresa Weller representing service provider.
Nick Boot representing office-based business.
Rick Parish representing office-based business.
Geoff Evans representing Leisure and Tourism.
Beccy Gunn representing Night time economy.
Councillor Clayton Wellman, The Holmwoods and Cabinet Member for Economy.
Stephen Cooksey, Resident Dorking North or South ward councillor.
Ben Curtis, Resident observer.
Candida Goulden, MVDC Representative, observer.
Charlotte Whitaker, Dorking Town Partnership Manager.

Dorking Town Partnership is led by a board of local businesses. The board guides the BID throughout its 5-year term.

Meet the impressive line-up of industry leaders whose collective experience, insight, and vision inform everything we do at the Dorking Town Partnership.

If you would like to apply to sit on the board of Directors please email Charlotte@Dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk.

Andrew Fuller
I run my family Business S C Fullers on South Street Dorking which is the oldest family owned Independent retailer having been established in 1892. I have worked here for 37 years and as a result have great experience in responding to the ever-changing retail environment, tenacity is key! I have excellent negotiating and communication skills and work best as part of a team. I have been an integral part of the BID tender process as Chairman and so offer consistency as well as a clear vision for the BID in Dorking and its future.

Nick Boot
Bullimores have offered to prepare the company management accounts. It is important to have a treasurer on the board and I believe that I am best placed to help with financial decisions.

Geoff Evans
Hello, my name is Geoff Evans and I am the Contract Manager at Dorking Sports Centre.
My passion is Sport, Health and Wellbeing and it’s wonderful to see that this passion is shared by so many within the Dorking community. Whether it’s taking my son swimming, going for a bike ride or tending to my vegetable garden, I love to keep active.

My background has always been Leisure with my first job being a lifeguard. I have managed a whole variety of leisure facilities for many years and worked in Dorking for the past five years.

I hope my experience of working in a busy inspiring environment, working with a variety of different stakeholders/partners and managing a team of over 100 employees all put me in good stead for supporting the Bid Board. I am looking forward to making a positive difference to Dorking town.

Ben Curtis
I am Director of a family owned business that has a turnover of nearly £10 million. I have lived in Dorking for seventeen years and since my children have left school I have started volunteering for different organisations. I was a volunteer at  the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and am now an Honorary Steward at Twickenham Stadium and this year I have signed up for volunteering with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.
I am a keen cyclist and enjoy walking in the Surrey Hills. I strongly believe in supporting local businesses and I feel that my business acumen and volunteering experience has equipped me with the objective and well-rounded views that will benefit the Dorking Town Partnership.

Charlotte Whitaker
I am delighted to have been appointed Dorking BID Manager. I am passionate about Business Improvement Districts as a business model as I feel they can deliver an enormous amount for town rejuvenation and the community, directly responding to the needs of the businesses.  I have a proven track record of delivering successful projects driving footfall and increasing visibility.

I also bring a depth of customer service experience having worked in Retail Management for many years, so understand the challenges and concerns facing todays retailers. I am excited to be responsible for delivering the business plan, promoting Dorking as the Heart of the Surrey Hills and hope that by working together we can achieve it and more!

Stephen Cooksey 

Stephen has been a Councillor since 1972 – in Leeds until 1989 and in Dorking since 1992. He has represented Dorking South on Mole Valley District Council since 1992 and Dorking South and the Holmwoods on Surrey County Council since 2005. He had a career as a professional University administrator and has been a full-time Councillor since retiring from a senior post at the Open University in 2010. He was nominated by Mole Valley District Council for election to the Board to represent Dorking residents. He is currently Leader of Mole Valley District Council.

Stephen has been a Director of the Dorking Chamber of Commerce for many years and served as a Director of the Leeds City Development Corporation when a Councillor in Leeds. Stephen has campaigned consistently to improve and enhance Dorking town centre and was instrumental in progressing improvements such as the repaving of West Street, the initial establishment of Town Centre Management in Dorking, the creation of Dorking Town Forum and support for the establishment of the BID.

Councillor Clayton Wellman
Following several years teaching in East London schools, Clayton relocated to Dorking.  He now works for a charity foundation in West Sussex which takes youths aged between 16 and 21 and offers them an opportunity to gain a trade, an apprenticeship and NVQ qualifications.  The young people are referred by the probation service, social services and other organisations that help people from difficult backgrounds.  Clayton teaches them English and Maths.
He has a strong social conscience and wants to help in his local community by supporting the needs and views of local people and protecting the beautiful landscape.

Candida Goulden
Economic Development Manager Observer

Beccy Gunn

I am currently the General Manager of the White Horse Hotel located in the heart of Dorking.   I have spent the last 15 months re-opening and re-positioning the hotel after a 4 million pound renovation.  I very firmly believe that our success is linked closely with the town and our obligation to not only support the town but also source where possible local products, and employ local workers of all ages.

I feel that being part of the BID Partnership will give me the opportunity to not only help drive business from out of town but also directly support local businesses.  I am keen to work with and contribute towards the long term vision of the town.  I have recently moved back to the area and live just outside Dorking having lived and studied in Surrey in the past.  Whilst in London I was a trustee for a local charity called NOVA, and have worked with Colleges on Hospitality training and have been on the board of several Hospitality organisations.

Teresa Weller

I have been in the hairdressing industry for 30 years.

I own an award winning hair salon, Teresa Weller HairArt, on Dorking High Street . We have just won the best bridal hair salon in Surrey for a second year running (2019/2020) and have been the finalist for best salon and best team, also a runner up in the Surrey business awards for the best new start up 2019.

I have been on the High Street for two and a half years and lived in Dorking for five years.

I’ve also enjoyed being the Lead Stylist for Pride in London which has lead to many creative projects, managing teams of stylists for their main events for the LGBTQ community, and have worked on exciting projects in film, theatre and the music industry. I have had a lot of my work published in magazines.

What I bring to the BID is that I’m great communicator and team player, I have a passion for social media and a huge passion for our wonderful community, environment and the people that live here in Dorking set in these beautiful Surrey Hills.

Basil Doha

I have run Mullins Coffee shop with my wife Susan since 2016.

It has been a privilege to operate our business in such an historic building and beautiful town. Since we took over Mullins we have worked effortlessly to promote the history of William Mullins as a Pilgrim Father and his Mayflower journey to the New World and Priscilla & John Alden story and her founded fame as Mother of a Nation. In 2019 on our visit to Plymouth & Duxbury I initiated talks for a likely twinning of our towns.

I have been a great abdicate of the BID, as I believe together as a business community we can achieve more to improve our town and attract more visitors.

I have a background in engineering and have a wide range of experience in retail & hospitality, which I feel has given me excellent skills in negotiation, communication and decision making.

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