About Us

Governance of the BID Company

Yorkshire Coast BID Ltd is a private, not-for-profit company governed by a board of volunteer directors who represent independent, national and public sector operators.  

All directors are asked to provide area and sector information and advice and are committed to the coastal objectives to promote, protect and support the entire Yorkshire Coast.

Any BID Member can apply to join the BID board.  When a formal application has been received for a vacant position, a vetting process will commence.

Members will have the opportunity to vote on their prefered candidate when there are more applicants than vacancies.

You can apply to become a director by completing the application form here.

The Board meets several times a year, and copies of board minutes are available online after they have been approved.

BID Board Chair

The chair was elected at the first meeting of the current board members in July 2019 and reappointed in July 2021.  

The chair can only cast a vote to break a tie.

BID Board Directors

All directors who apply to be on the board are vetted to ensure they uphold the Member rules and are there to represent their area and sector, and agree to maintain the overall health of the BID company. 

BID Board Voting Rights

In the BID Business Plan and our Articles of Association, we have protected the voting rights within the Board to ensure that our private sector directors drive the company forward at all times.

The private sector directors share a protected 81% of voting power, with all public agencies capped at a share of 19%.

All directors must register any COI prior to each individual vote so their % can be redistributed to those that are able to participate within the vote.

If a director chooses to abstain in a vote, their voting % is allocated to those that are able to willing and able to.

Minutes only display the boards collective voting decisions so that individual directors are able to freely vote without external influence.

Board Authorisation Process

All applications, irrelevant of the financial amount is required to be reviewed and approved by the full board.

Where the BID team develop projects in-house and suppliers are required, a formal tender process will commence, and a minimum of 3 quotes will be obtained.  

In all instances, suppliers within the BID geographical area will be invited to apply before extending the radius to Yorkshire and then national.

Tenders will be reviewed and assessed on:

  • Cost
  • Testimonials
  • Quality and Reputation

Where projects are submitted for funding by external applicants, a requirement of funding is that local suppliers and BID businesses are provided with an opportunity to quote when applicable.

BID Board


Clive Rowe-Evans





Martyn Coltman, Burlington Design




John Harding, Director of Great Yorkshire Radio


Ben Gilligan, Operations of East Yorkshire Motors

Mo Driffield, Manager of Marks and Spencers

Public Sector

PENDNG North York Moors National Park

Nic Harne, North Yorkshire Council

Cllr Anne Handley East Riding of Yorkshire Council


The Board structure was set out in the 2018 Business Plan and was represented in the following image.

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How to join the BID Board

If you are a levy business or opt to become one voluntarily by making the equivalent financial contribution, you can nominate yourself for one of the following available positions:

  • Whitby:  Independent business owners only
  • Filey:  Independent business owners only
  • Hornsea:  Independent business owners only
  • Bridlington:  Independent business owner only
  • Scarborough:  Independent business owner only
  • National Operator

To nominate yourself, please complete your member and director application form.

Board Minutes