Message from our Chairman

I believe Skipton to be a unique place, of which all of us who live or conduct business in the town can be justifiably proud. We are fortunate to be connected with this historic town, with one of the finest medieval castles in the North of England, a wonderful and charismatic retail area, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and its basin, a fascinating museum which houses a rare Shakespearian First Folio, and an ancient market, alongside many other attractive features. Skipton is a great place for families and animal lovers having Skipton Castle woods at the top of the High Street. In addition Skipton is the historic Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, an area that can be fairly described as one of the finest examples of natural beauty in the country with all the benefits that brings for tourism in the area.

Back in 2009 businesses voted for a Business Improvement District to be set up in Skipton and by doing so enabled the BID board to make investments in Skipton which, arguably, have enabled Skipton to weather the current economic storm far better than many comparable market towns.

Now that in 2014 a second five year term has been achieved, we will continue to help improve Skipton and become an innovative leader in town development. The next five years are something to look forward to; continued development and improvements will require effort, but nothing of significance can be achieved without drive and hard work

Andrew Mear

Andrew Mear, Chairman

Andrew is a retail and commercial property manager and is the managing director of Eagerlux Ltd, a property management and investment company with various properties in Skipton.

Robert Bellfield

Robert BellfieldRobert is Principal of Craven College and Chief Executive of Craven Educational Trust which is a Multi-academy Trust responsible for The Skipton Academy.

Janet Collins

Janet runs The Skipton Mill Shop on Rope Walk and joined the BID in 2014 as a Member Director.

Robin Hargrave

Robin works at Skipton Building Society, and is part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Billy Moffat

Billy is President of Skipton Chamber of Trade and is a Chartered Accountant with Reid Moffat in Skipton.

Dave Parker

Dave is currently the Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council, one of the two ex-officio local authority positions on the Board. He joined the Council in 2007 following a 20 year career in media which included roles heading up the press and communications team for a large local authority, as well as management and presentation roles at a number of local commercial radio stations. He joined the Board following the BID renewal in 2014.

David Smurthwaite

David is currently the Strategic Manager of Craven District Council, one of the two ex-officio local authority positions on the Board.

Geraldine Thompson

IMG_0591Geraldine has lived most of her life in Skipton, married to Adrian and Mum to Rachael, Jessica & Jack!  She feels passionate about this Town and wants to help keep Skipton vibrant for both the Businesses and the Community.

Geraldine joined the BID Board in 2015, following a 25 year career in Banking and Finance, and is currently working as a consultant to Skipton BID.

Malcolm Weaving

MalcolmMalcolm runs the Rendezvous Hotel on Keighley Road in Skipton, and is currently an Associate Member Director.