Falmouth BID Board

The Directors of the Falmouth BID are all volunteers, committed to the key objective of improving the trading environment and creating opportunities for the town for the benefit of BID businesses. To achieve this, their skills and experience need to cover a wide range, encompassing all areas of the voted in BID Business Plan. This ensures a comprehensive and relevant range of input by the Board, a high standard of representation when promoting Falmouth, diligence and commitment in promoting the town’s development, as well as good business practice within the company itself. All BID Directors live, manage or own businesses in Falmouth:

BID Chairman, Richard Thomas – RTP Surveyors
‘It has been a pleasure to sit as chair of Falmouth BID during the last year. I have also been actively involved from the early days and have supported our BID Manager in facilitating many projects that have lifted the profile and aesthetic of the main retail areas, including the town’s award-winning visitor signage, public seating, street decorations such as flags, floral displays and bunting, and Christmas lighting.

Not only in my role as BID Chairman but also as a longstanding business owner in Falmouth, I am cognisant of the challenges facing the UK’s towns and high streets. As such it is imperative that we continue to work together to invest in our town, ensuring that Falmouth maintains its position as a desirable place to live, do business in or visit.’

BID Company Secretary and Finance Director, Rob Holmes
‘I was appointed Director of Finance in 2014 at the University having been with the University since 1992. During that time, I have been involved with finances across the institution including the early days of European funding, the acquisition of the Penryn Campus, the establishment of the joint venture, Falmouth Exeter Plus, the merger with Dartington College of Arts and the transition to University title.

Seeing the excellent work that Falmouth BID does for the town, persuaded me to become involved and offer my financial input to the team.  I currently run the financial records and act as Company Secretary for the company.

Rosemary Riddette-Gregory – Falmouth District Hotels Association
‘I was born in Falmouth after my parents achieved their dream and relocated here from London. I went to the High School and Technical College before entering Local Government service. I have been involved with tourism since I returned from London, where I was office manager and assistant to the company secretary in a blue chip company. I had also worked in retail, computing and financial planning. I am dedicated to promoting the town and ensuring its current and future prosperity. I do my best to ensure the high quality of the accommodation in the town and constantly encourage joint working with everyone involved in marketing Falmouth as a destination.’

Paul Wickes MBE – Cornwall Marine Network
‘Cornwall Marine Network has considerable expertise in helping our vibrant local marine sector businesses to prosper. Through specialist business support services we have created more than 2,500 new jobs and added more than £150 million value to the Cornish economy. I have been able to draw on this local experience to produce benefits for Falmouth BID members, which has resulted in the BID gaining funding to provide subsidised skills improvement training workshops and we are working closely with Richard Wilcox to continually seek new initiatives that will support improved economic performance for BID members.’

Stafford Sumner – Jarrang Digital Marketing Agency
Stafford is an experienced business specialist who helms the UK’s leading independent email marketing agency, based here in Falmouth. He has the experience of a number of executive and non-executive board positions under his belt and is well equipped to help guide or direct organisations, especially with regards to their commercial strategies.

Career highlights include representing the UK digital media industry in Hong Kong; sitting on the Innovation, Research and Knowledge Strategy Board for Cornwall; and being part of the Strategic Management Board for Superfast Broadband in Cornwall.

“I’m privileged to call Falmouth home and to have witnessed its impressive development first hand over the past 10 years. With a creative heritage overlaid with access to superfast fibre connectivity, Falmouth is perfectly positioned to capitalise on its resources and further develop its digital sector to become a world leading centre of excellence.”

Vanessa Clarke – Highcliffe Guesthouse and Indidog
In my new position as a director of Falmouth BID, I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to give back to a town that has given me so much. Previously, I worked in senior marketing and publishing positions and so I look forward to assisting where I can, in further developing the creative campaigns that have assisted in profiling Falmouth to a national and international audience. This work is vital to Falmouth; helping to attract thousands of visitors to the town, as well as positioning Falmouth as a dynamic place for investment and business. There is a huge passion at the meetings to continue improving our vibrant and special town with each project analysed and planned in detail, and I relish being a part of that.

My husband and I recently launched INDIdog eatery in Falmouth after 12 years as the owners of Highcliffe B&B. I can say with 100% certainty that without our town having the brilliant resource and support of Falmouth BID, Richard Wilcox and their extraordinary and possibly unique partnership with the Town Council, we would not have had the confidence to invest in a derelict waterfront site and create a new business venture on the high street. The work that is carried out is vital and I look forward to doing what I can to help Falmouth.’

John Allen – Brend Hotels
‘I have worked as Area Director for Brend Hotels, owners of the Royal Duchy Hotel, for many years. I am extremely passionate about Falmouth and promoting it as an outstanding tourist destination. I was delighted to join the BID Board, to give something back to the town that I believe is one of the most special locations in the world. The BID and town management teams have an excellent working relationship, that has helped to support local businesses and deliver exceptional high-profile events.

Having grown up in Falmouth, I enjoy sailing and boating and making the most of the area’s natural and greatest assets.’


Mark Williams – Town Clerk/Richard Gates – Town Manager
The Falmouth Town Team partnership between the Falmouth BID and Falmouth Town Council has been recognised nationally, for example in the GB High St Awards. To ensure continuity and transparency in that partnership, the Town Clerk and Town Manager positions, both functions of Falmouth Town Council’s, act as observers on the BID Board.