Georgina Bartlett is the new chairman of the Poole Business Improvement District (BID).
She fills a vacant position since the resignation of the previous president in January this year.
Georgina will be supported in this role by Sara St George who was elected Vice-Chair by the Poole BID Board at the same time.
Georgina lives and works in the Poole BID area.
She is the founder and managing director of Saltwater Stone, an international marketing and maritime communications agency based in Strand Street.
Georgina has lived in central Poole for over 30 years and said she recognizes both the problems and the opportunities in the area.
She said: “I am excited about the challenges ahead and am committed to doing everything possible to deliver the 2021-2026 business plan as voted on by taxpayers in May 2021.
“I am fortunate to be supported by an equally enthusiastic Vice President, Sara St George, and we, along with the entire Board and management team, plan to work together to bring changes to High Street and the wider BID area.”
Sara, pictured, is Deputy Managing Director of Lighthouse, Poole.
With a background in strategy, governance, marketing, fundraising, downtown regeneration, culture and tourism, she is considered ideally placed to support the execution of the business plan.
Sara said: “I have lived in Poole for over 20 years and am delighted to be able to play a role in promoting the ambitions of the IDB on behalf of taxpayers.
“BID’s Board of Directors is new, as most directors were elected this year.
“Together we have a common goal of making a difference in the Poole BID area and supporting the businesses that trade there, and creating a welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike.”
Welcoming Georgina and Sara as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively, Jacqui Rock, Head of Poole BID, pictured left, said: “2022 has seen a positive turnaround at Poole BID with the appointment of a new Board of Directors. administration made up of enthusiastic and talented directors representing a range of taxpayers.
“The addition of a committed President and Vice President to lead the BID Board and Management Team completes the picture and I believe will make a real difference in improving the area. Poole IDB.”
Poole BID said further updates and initiative announcements will come in the coming months, starting with the formal process to apply for accreditation with UK BIDs, with the membership organization focusing entirely on BIDs. .
Established in 2016, the current Poole BID area comprises nearly 500 businesses.
It covers the central areas of Poole Quay, Poole High Street, Dolphin Shopping Centre, Bus Station and Poole Lighthouse.
The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Directors of Poole BID are independent and volunteer their time.