We welcome applications for the BID Board from interested parties. Here are the dedicated community partners who have demonstrated interest in joining our team for 2019.
White Horse Dorking General Manager
I am currently the General Manager of the White Horse Hotel located in the heart of Dorking. I have spent the last 15 months re-opening and re-positioning the hotel after a 4 million pound renovation. I very firmly believe that our success is linked closely with the town and our obligation to not only support the town but also source where possible local products, and employ local workers of all ages.
I feel that being part of the BID Partnership will give me the opportunity to not only help drive business from out of town but also directly support local businesses. I am keen to work with and contribute towards the long term vision of the town. I have recently moved back to the area and live just outside Dorking having lived and studied in Surrey in the past. Whilst in London I was a trustee for a local charity called NOVA, and have worked with Colleges on Hospitality training and have been on the board of several Hospitality organisations.
Owner, Mullins Coffee Shop
I would like to put myself forward for a seat on the Board of Directors as an Independent Retailer. Below is my biography and related experience:
- I have been involved in catering and retailing businesses for over 28 years.
- I began my career as a refrigeration, air conditioning and catering engineer and opened my first business in Dubai in 1982.
- My wife and I ran our own pizza restaurant in Worcester Park Surrey.
- I worked as a retail manager for Safeway/Morrison, Iceland and Waitrose.
- In partnership with my wife, I designed and manufactured book related products which we launched in 2010 as Bagabook.com, a wholesale and online retail business.
- I have been involved in marketing offline/online and social media since I started my first business in 1982.
- My wife and I currently run Mullins coffee shop in the heart of the antique shops in West Street. We took over in 2016 and since then it has been going from strength to strength. As a member of the business community and resident of Dorking, I have been involved with promoting our town locally, nationwide and abroad.
I feel that being part of the BID board of directors will give me the opportunity to use my experience to help to attract visitors to the town, as I also have plans to visit America this summer to help promote Dorking in the States through the Mayflower & Descendants societies.
I am enthusiastic about the prospect of working with the board to help achieve Dorking become a thriving town.