London Bridge in 2016
Team London Bridge, the London Bridge Business Improvement District (BID), has welcomed Professor Simon Howell to the role of Chair. Simon is Director of Academic Estates Strategy, Health Faculties, at King’s College London
and joins a Board of nine business representatives that oversee the delivery of services provided by the BID and its small executive team.
Professor Howell replaces James Dinwiddie of Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects
in the role. James steps down after overseeing 11 years of delivering change and success in the London Bridge area on behalf of the local business community.
More London in 2005/06 when the London Bridge BID was first conceived
Team London Bridge was established in 2006 and allows London Bridge businesses to contribute to how their local area develops by choosing and funding additional services and projects
that make it a better place to trade, work and visit. Successes to date have included the delivery of Fresh Air Squares, community gardens, pocket parks, information services, grant funding, networking events, greening projects, area promotion, air quality monitoring, and additional police patrols.
Based at Kings’ College London’s Guy’s Campus in London Bridge, Professor Howell is also Chair of Trustees of The Old Operating Theatre
, Museum and Herb Garret on St Thomas’ Street, at the foot of The Shard.
Speaking at the Team London Bridge AGM Wednesday 1st March, Simon told BID members, ‘King’s College medical school is the largest in Europe and our campus in London Bridge is part of the original Guy’s Hospital. As an organisation we are committed to seeing London Bridge excel as a truly world-class business, education, medical and transport hub. Within the coming 12 months we will see the launch of Science Gallery London and The Old Operating Theatre reopened on our estate, adding to the area’s significant cultural offer. Our 7,500 staff and students enjoy being based in such a vibrant and vital part of our capital and I am passionate about contributing to the continued development of the area in my role as Chair.’
James Dinwiddie, outgoing Chair, welcomed Simon to the Board and reflected on the dramatic changes in the local area over the past 11 years, ‘I am immensely proud to have been Chair of Team London Bridge for the past 11 years. It has been a remarkable period of change, with the completion of More London, the rise of The Shard, and the development of the new London Bridge station. The area has been transformed and our business community has evolved with it. Team London Bridge offers our members a say in all of this and the services we have provided since 2006 have used this momentum to deliver tangible improvements and benefits to local businesses. The London Bridge BID was one of the first BIDs to be set up in England. Now in its third term Team London Bridge is firmly established as an energetic and effective driving force in the local community and is highly respected as one of the finest BIDs in the country.’
Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge Chief Executive, said, ‘James’ contribution to the area over the past 11 years has gone beyond that expected of a Chair. His passion for the area has helped drive projects through and his expertise has allowed our dedicated Board to develop as the organisation’s focus evolved over the years. We welcome Simon to the role and look forward to strengthening our links to the hugely important King’s College London, Guy’s Campus. His wealth of experience will bring a new dynamic to the Board and the executive team is keen to seek his involvement in the many exciting projects to be delivered as part of the London Bridge Plan.’