Your BID Board

The Penrith BID Board oversees the delivery of the BID initiatives set out in the BID business plan. The Board is comprised of representatives from a cross-section of levy-paying business and representatives of the local councils.



Darren Broad (Chair)

Darren is Chair of Penrith BID. Darren has been working in retail for 30 years with a number of major retailers. He has worked for Argos, a general merchandise, multi-channel, digital retailer for the last 18 years. He has been Store Manager at the Penrith store for 10 years.

I moved to Penrith 10 years ago. The town is an amazing and vibrant place to work and live. I joined B.I.D. as I truly believe all the businesses, whether Independent or Nationals, can work and communicate together for the benefit of the local community and the town as a whole. My key business values are collaboration, communication, accountability and transparency, all of which I hope to bring to the BID board?.



Dan Harding

Dan is director of both Angel Lane Chippie and Foundry 34 restaurant. As well as being a high fryer (Dan has held the national Young Fish Fryer of the Year title), he is also a young high flyer, running both businesses . Dan is passionate about Penrith and was a central figure on the committee that made the first-ever Eden Food & Farming Festival a success this summer.

I joined the board as I thought I could make a valued contribution to the town through the BID, and I also wanted to voice my opinion, to ensure the BID?s money is well spent.?



Charlie Shepherd

Charlie joined in the BID board in 2018 and represents Rotary and the charity sector. Charlie is an active member of the town and in 2019 became a councillor with Penrith Town Council.

Penrith Rotary Club became a member of the BID in 2018 and we are working with BID to achieve their aim of making Penrith a great place to live, work and visit.



Simon Whalley

I am a professional photographer and artist, starting to experiment with mixed media formats. My work seeks primarily to connect people with nature and to challenge environmentally destructive behaviour. I'm also developing work which highlights current concerns both locally and further afield. I am active in many networks. My work is displayed as fine art, used to enhance websites and online media, in magazines and to record outdoor events.

Through part sponsoring events the BID ensures the profile of Penrith is lifted and marketed further afield. It also ensures that fabulous things such as Greening happen, which make Penrith a better place to live lifting morale. The BID is one of the key drivers behind positive development for the town.



Stuart Bell

Stuart joined BID in 2021. He is a qualified accountant, working for with Dodd and Co. Stuart keeps the BID finances on track.



David Whipp

David is a councillor with Cumbria County Council. Previously David, as part of the Conservative Party, was the councillor for Penrith North Ward from May 2011. He was the councils portfolio holder for organisation and external relations, which included liaising with the business community in Edens four main market towns. As well as representing the area as a councillor, David also brings to the BID board his experience and perspective as a business owner in Penrith. He is managing director of DJKS Developments Ltd, which includes Star Fruits in Angel Lane.



Erin Torbett

Erin is the Network Manager of HSBC in Penrith. She joined the BID in 2021 and has some great ideas for how we can best support our local businesses.

Looking to get more involved?

We are always on the lookout for new members of the BID Board, and also welcome your suggestions and feedback on any of our activities. If you are a member businessperson and would like to join the board, please get in touch. Please also see minutes of our latest meetings to keep abreast of latest developments.

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