Phillip Downer

I am interested in joining the BID Board. Skills and experience I might bring to the Board:

  • Business owner in Dorking for the past five years
  • Former MD of Borders bookstores, worked at director level since 1990 for WH Smith, Waterstones, Our Price Records etc
  • 37 years retail experience
  • Experience of building and developing businesses
  • Experience of opening new shops and making a success of them
  • Experience of retail planning and development
  • Multiple board level positions, both executive and non-executive. Member of the board of the Booksellers Association, and Chair of World Book Day 200
  • External perspective of someone who is invested in Dorking, but lives and has worked in multiple other locations in the UK and USA

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