Croydon BID appoints a new Chair to lead Croydon town centre into recovery

Darren Hockaday, former HR Director at Gatwick Airport has been appointed as the new Chair of Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), bringing with him a wealth of experience to enhance Croydon BID’s ability to support its 560 members and business community at large as Croydon starts to recover from the national crisis.
His experience in a number of key appointments, particularly in transport and regeneration, will enable Darren to work effectively with the board of directors and executive in leading Croydon BID and its community through a period of turnaround, recovery, growth and transformation. 
Mr Hockaday said of his appointment:
“Working collaboratively, we can strive together to overcome the difficulty ahead and, in its place, create new and exciting opportunities for businesses to thrive once more. I believe strongly that business improvement districts are vital during this time and beyond and as a local resident, I am honoured to take up the post of chair."
The focus of Croydon BID and its many partners is to support the process of releasing the town centre from lockdown in a co-ordinated way, creating a safe and secure environment for people to move freely with confidence. Working with the board of directors and executive, Darren will lead Croydon BID in developing the future strategy so that businesses have the support they so desperately need. He added:
“It is important that the release of the town centre from lockdown is managed in a safe and secure way so that we can start to build confidence in our high streets once more. Croydon BID and Croydon Council, along with other partners, have been developing plans for the town centre regarding these aspects so that the town centre can operate safely and securely from 1st June 2020."
However, Mr Hockaday was keen to add: "Although it is increasingly important to put in place the macro elements of mobilising the town centre, there is an equally strong need to begin to consider how we, as a town centre, may support those businesses in the hospitality, leisure and night time economy, some of whom have been hardest hit by this national crisis.”
He added: "I am encouraged by the work the team have delivered in leading #RaiseTheBar, a national campaign to raise the rateable value threshold from £51k to £150k for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure. We are committed to supporting these businesses as their representative voice as we move forward.”
Croydon BID undertook an independent executive search process to select their new Chair, appointing Peridot Partners. Darren Hockaday officially took up his appointment as Chair of Croydon Business Improvement District on Thursday 21st May 2020. 

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