He succeeds Andrew Bauer, Whitgift Shopping Centre Director, who has served in the role since October 2013.
As Chairman, Mr Chandler will work with the Croydon BID Board and five-strong executive team on the development of strategies and plans that meet the collective needs of the town centre business community during the exciting and challenging period of Croydon’s regeneration.
All of Croydon BID’s work is funded through a levy collected from eligible businesses within the area. As a result, since Croydon BID was first formed in 2007, it has invested in excess of £15m on projects and services designed to make the town centre a safer, cleaner, more attractive, more accessible and more vibrant place to be.
The structure of the BID Board reflects both the number and types of businesses that operate in the town centre, including many well-known brands in the retail, office, leisure, hospitality and public sectors. Board members work on an unremunerated basis.
“Croydon is embracing a period of dramatic change and a cultural renaissance with much new development planned and already under way here and a burgeoning arts and leisure scene that will steadily transform the local landscape and help to set the town apart,” said Mr Chandler.
“I feel privileged to be following on in Andrew Bauer’s footsteps. As Chairman, he has accomplished so much and done such a sterling job on behalf of the town centre community, as well as helping to steer the BID through into a further third term.“I will be taking over the reins at an extremely crucial and exciting time in the town centre’s development and firmly believe that the many new and exciting challenges that lie ahead will provide a fantastic opportunity to galvanize the business and local communities together in the bid to reach our common goal: a thriving and successful town centre and a destination of which we are all truly proud.”
Neil Chandler will officially take up his position on April 1st 2018.