Three new directors have been elected to the Lincoln BIG Board – from a field of five nominations.
They are Richard Baxter, who owns Goodies of Lincoln in The Strait; Barry Hepton, co-owner of Object & Line in Bailgate and Ian Robinson, who is General Manager of the White Hart Hotel in Bailgate.
Richard Baxter spent 14 years as a sales director for a confectionery manufacturer, dealing mainly with the big retailers.
“I have been a self-employed director of my own limited company for eleven years, having operated a wholesale business before buying Goodies of Lincoln in 2009. I employ six part-time staff,” he said.
Richard has been an active member of Young Farmers, the Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chair for Horncastle Now.
“For the past five years, I have been Chairman of Steep Hill Independents. We represent small businesses, helping with any problems affecting them or our area,” said Richard.
“I am an active member of the Bailgate Area Guild, Stakeholder group of Lincoln Christmas Market, member of the city’s Police Panel and the Lincoln BIG Security Group.”
The shopkeeper said he wants to serve as an active member of Lincoln BIG, as it has helped him and his group over the past five years and he would like to give something back.
Barry Hepton, of Object & Line, said the company he co-owns is unusual amongst small retailers in Lincoln, because online sales are an integral part of the business and he actively sells goods through various channels.
“My background has largely been based around design, arts and education. For a number of years I worked as a teacher, before becoming a museum curator and, later, a researcher.
“I built up a museum and ran research and development projects before moving to Arts Council England, where I worked as a policy officer. During my career, I’ve designed, been an advocate for and commissioned a large number of projects, some of high value and significance.”
Barry has worked closely with a large number of organisations, from schools to orchestras and including local and national government. He has gained a wealth of experience working in formal meetings, such as company boards, including being chair of governors for a large secondary school.
“I sought election to the Lincoln BIG Board, as an advocate for small businesses and the role the company and its partners can play in developing them. I want to represent the interests of Bailgate Area Guild as part of a city wide ecology of independent retailers,” he said.
Ian Robinson is “extremely proud” to have been General Manager of the White Hart Hotel in Bailgate for over five years.
“During this period I have witnessed not only the development and growth of our own business, but also that of our wonderful city and surrounding boundaries.
“I have been an active and supportive member of Lincoln BIG and its sister company Visit Lincoln, since its inception, as well as Meet Lincoln.
The values of these organisations reflect my own in terms of development, promotion and growth,” said Ian. “These values are not restricted to tourism, but to the wider business and social community, to help ensure our city flourishes and is something we can all be proud of.I am also an active member of the Bailgate Area Guild.
“I bring a passion for success, experience from working in a variety of different UK locations, desire to see Lincoln improve its position within its competitor set and, above all, a love for our city.”
Two former Board members stepped down as part of the election process – Sue Gadsby – a Director of Gadsby’s Arts & Craft, a former business within the city centre – and William Downing.
Sue, who had been a Director of BIG since its incorporation in February 2003 was a member of the City Centre Management Group, which helped to create Lincoln BIG. She remains a member of BIG’s Security Group. William Downing, a partner in estate agency Pygott & Crone served as a Director Lincoln BIG, from November 2012.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Whilst welcoming our new Board members, I would like to warmly thank Sue and William for their valuable contribution during their time on the Lincoln BIG Board.”