Who we are: Dorking BID Board

Dorking Town Partnership is run by a board of local businesses. The board will guide the BID development process throughout it’s 5 year term.

The BID board currently comprises of…

Photo of Andrew Fuller, Chairman of DTP
Andrew Fuller
S.C. Fuller (Chair)
Independent Retail /Chair
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Nick Boot 
Bullimores
Office
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Gillian Harris
The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium
Independent Retail
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Philip Downer
Calliope Gifts Ltd
Independent Retail
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Rick Parish
Ellis Atkins
Office
Photo of Geoff Evans - BID Board Member
Geoff Evans
Leisure & Tourism
Places for People
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Photo of Ken Storr - BID Board Member
Ken Storr
Multiple Retailer
Waitrose
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Charlotte Whitaker
BID Manager
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Stephen Cooksey
Dorking South and the Holmwood’s Ward
Resident
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Ben Curtis
Resident
Observer
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Voluntary Levy Payment Form

If you are below the rateable value threshold and wish to be part of the BID, please download and complete the form indicating your chosen contribution.

All levy payers (statutory and voluntary) are eligable to apply to become a member of the Dorking BID.
Return completed form to charlotte@dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk

Biographies

Andrew Fuller

I run my family Business S C Fullers on South Street Dorking which is the oldest family owned Independent retailer having been established in 1892.

I have worked here for 37 years and as a result have great experience in responding to the ever-changing retail environment, tenacity is key! I have excellent negotiating and communication skills and work best as part of a team. I have been an integral part of the BID tender process as Chairman and so offer consistency as well as a clear vision for the BID in Dorking and its future.

Nick Boot

Bullimores have offered to prepare the company management accounts. It is important to have a treasurer on the board and I believe that I am best placed to help with financial decisions.

Gillian Harris

Apart from running our shop on West Street I have also successfully traded online for over 10 years and have been heavily involved in online marketing, SEO, and using social media to gain competitive advantage. My business regularly draws customers into Dorking from much further afield for sales, courses and workshops. I have written 4 books and have also designed various ranges that we sell wholesale to other businesses both in the UK and for export abroad.

My original background is in digital design and visual corporate branding for Events and Outside Broadcasts. I have had a lot of experience in marketing and social media and in particular I am very experienced with selling and marketing online.

I like to think I am forward thinking. I can definitely see the bigger picture and feel I have creative flair and can see a vision for rebranding Dorking and moving it - as a brand- into the future.  I also have a specific idea for a brand new market and for drawing in business and interest from further afield.

Phillip Downer

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

Geoff Evans

Hello, my name is Geoff Evans and I am the Contract Manager at Dorking Sports Centre

My passion is Sport, Health and Wellbeing and it’s wonderful to see that this passion is shared by so many within the Dorking community. Whether it’s taking my son swimming, going for a bike ride or tending to my vegetable garden, I love to keep active.

My background has always been Leisure with my first job being a lifeguard. I have managed a whole variety of leisure facilities for many years and worked in Dorking for the past five

I hope my experience of working in a busy inspiring environment, working with a variety of different stakeholders/partners and managing a team of over 100 employees all put me in good stead for supporting the Bid Board. I am looking forward to making a positive difference to Dorking town.

Ken Storr

I am the Manager of Waitrose in Dorking. Having recently moved to the Branch I am really excited about getting involved with the Dorking Town Partnership and helping out in any way I can.

I have worked for the John Lewis Partnership for over 30 years so hopefully I can bring good retail insight to the Board as well as experience of Business Improvement Districts and what they can do for the areas they represent.

I have worked briefly with Charlotte as part of the Guildford BID, so I have seen first hand how passionate she is towards making a BID a success and how great she is at bringing people together to achieve common goals.

Ben Curtis

I am Director of a family owned business that has a turnover of nearly £10 million. I have lived in Dorking for seventeen years and since my children have left school I have started volunteering for different organisations. I was a volunteer at  the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and am now an Honorary Steward at Twickenham Stadium and this year I have signed up for volunteering with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

I am a keen cyclist and enjoy walking in the Surrey Hills. I strongly believe in supporting local businesses and I feel that my business acumen and volunteering experience has equipped me with the objective and well-rounded views that will benefit the Dorking Town Partnership.

Charlotte Whitaker

I am delighted to have been appointed Dorking BID Manager. I am passionate about Business Improvement Districts as a business model as I feel they can deliver an enormous amount for town rejuvenation and the community, directly responding to the needs of the businesses.  I have a proven track record of delivering successful projects driving footfall and increasing visibility. 

I also bring a depth of customer service experience having worked in Retail Management for many years, so understand the challenges and concerns facing todays retailers. I am excited to be responsible for delivering the business plan, promoting Dorking as the Heart of the Surrey Hills and hope that by working together we can achieve it and more!