BID Board

The current board of the Mill Road BID are:

Chair: Nicholas Gribben, DB Group (Europe) Ltd
Vice Chair: Jennifer Newton, Express Microbiology
Finance: Vincent Throp, Openworks
Jill Wardrope, Network Promotions
Provost Tom Kerr, West Lothian Council
Cllr Tom Conn, West Lothian Council
Cllr David Tait, West Lothian Council

Board Advisors:

Jim Henderson, West Lothian Council
Police Scotland

Eligible levy payers are able to nominate someone to have a place on the board.

Please contact BID Manager Stewart Ness for more details.

BID Staff

Stewart Ness

BID Manager

Since October 2012, I have managed both the Linlithgow Mill Road BID & the Linlithgow Town Centre BID, I also hold the post of Town Centre Manger for West Lothian Council.

Before taking on the BID Manager roles in Linlithgow I served as a Director on the Board of Kirkcaldy 4 All, the Town Centre BID for my home town of Kirkcaldy.  It was within this role that I saw first-hand the positive effect a BID could have on projects within a defined geographical area, and was therefore delighted when the opportunity arose to manage the BID’s in Linlithgow.

I was successful in securing a “Yes” vote for both the Linlithgow Town Centre BID and the Linlithgow Mill Rod BID at ballot, which was the first time this had been achieved for two BIDs, at the same time by the same person.

I report to the respective Boards of Directors and have responsibility for the day to day operations of the Mill Road BID and the Town Centre BID.   This includes overseeing project delivery, finance and communications.

I am married with two small children and in my spare time I enjoy cycling, karate and golf.

Bridgette Kleinman

BID Project Manager

I joined the Mill Road BID in April 2016 to assist with the day to day running of the BID and bring with me a wealth of project management experience gained from years of successfully delivering projects within the financial sector.

My first project was to deliver a simple, user friendly web site for the BID that included a Business Directory for all the businesses within the estate and this was successfully rolled out in August 2016.

On-going activities include updates to the Web Site, Signage, Communications, Social Media and Database maintenance.

In December 2016 I joined the Town Centre BID, specifically to help promote town centre businesses on Social Media.   This has increased visibility for many retailers and has generally been well received by businesses and the public.

I enjoy getting out and about and spend a good deal of time walking on the Fife Coastal Path, travelling abroad and enjoying the sunshine.

  BID Directors

Nicholas Gribben

07956 974981

BID Chair

I joined the Linlithgow Mill Road BID Board of Directors in 2016 and was elected Chair in December of that year.

I have worked as a Human Resources Professional for several years in retail, hospitality and service sectors; however, I have also consulted for clients from a range of industries, including some pro bono work. My most challenging and rewarding work in HR has been representing clients at Employment Tribunals in both Scotland and England.

I volunteer with UK SMART Recovery to coordinate mutual aid meetings in the region for people with addictive behaviours. I also volunteer as Activities Coordinator with 1st Step, Linlithgow’s Recovery Café.

I’m a keen music lover and play the Bb Baritone horn and I love to sing as well (when I get the chance). I’m also never far away from headphones and couldn’t live without my Spotify!

My hope is to work with the team to deliver the Business Plan and a successful reballot, so that Linlithgow can feel the benefits of the BID model for a further term. I’m fully committed to supporting businesses, the community and Linlithgow in their collective goals and will always make myself available to discuss any ideas or concerns. If you want to know more about what I do, why not read my article every month in the Black Bitch Magazine?

Vincent Throp

BID Finance Director

My business is based in Pinnacle House Mill Road Industrial Estate Linlithgow.

I am a partner of Openwork Ltd and run a Financial Services business proving trusted financial planning advice to individuals and business, this includes Pension and Investment Advice, Protection Products and Mortgage Provision . I have been established for over 21 years and have over 800 clients.

I am married with one son and two grandchildren and live in Linlithgow.

Jill Wardrope

BID Director

Network Promotions was established by my father in 1982 and I worked in
the company firstly as an administrator, then as office manager, before
becoming a partner in 1989. Since my parents’ retirement in 2000, I have
run the business as a sole trader.

The business was initially located on the High Street before moving to
Braehead Business Units in 2001 and then relocating to Mill Road Industrial
Estate in 2013.

Running a small business means that my role is quite diverse, with no two
days being the same and whilst the last few years have at times been testing,
I continue to enjoy the challenge. There is always something new to learn
and it was when I took the opportunity of attending some of the learning
lunches offered by the Mill Road BID, that I gained some understanding of
their aims and objectives, leading to me joining the board of directors in the
early part of 2016.

I am married with a daughter and aside from work, I enjoy Pilates, cooking
and baking.

Provost Tom Kerr

BID Director

Early career was 15 years with a Major Oil company in the marine industry. Career was from engineer cadet to chief engineer.

Followed by 9 years lecturing in one the UK’s nautical colleges.

25 years running my own marine survey and consultancy business.

1992- present, elected Councillor representing Linlithgow Ward

2007 – present, Provost of West Lothian Council. Chair of planning committee and member of various other committees.

Councillor David Tait

BID Director

Born and brought up in Wick, Caithness; Science degree from the University of Edinburgh; in business in the construction industry; wide experience with community organisations in Linlithgow, past Chair, Linlithgow Business Association, member Town Management Group, past member Linlithgow Community Council, founding editor Black Bitch community magazine, elected member West Lothian Council (2015).

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