Bid Board & Staff

Bid Board & Staff

Andover BID Directors are drawn from the local business community are all non-paid.

Sarah Robinson

Chair of Andover BID Board of Directors

Sarah was part of the steering group that helped to establish Andover BID and joined the board as a director, taking on the role of Chair in March 2020. A partner at Oaktree Accountants, Sarah looks after client relationships, as well as overseeing accounts and tax work. Oaktree is a long-established business in the town and services accountancy, taxation and the bookkeeping needs of businesses and individuals across Hampshire and surrounding counties. Sarah knows many of the businesses in the town and has joined the BID board because she believes that Andover has so much to offer and that the introduction of a BID which is business-led is absolutely right for the town and will help to make a real difference.

Chris Podszus

Vice-Chair of Andover BID Board of Directors

Chris Podszus was appointed to the BID’s Board of Directors in April 2019 and became vice-chair in March 2020. Chris represents Simply health as one of Andover’s largest Andover employers. Chris brings a wealth of experience to the Andover Town BID in terms of stakeholder engagement, local government, and public policy. Chris says: “Andover is a fantastic town and a great place to live and work. With prime geographic location, transport links to London and a diverse local economy it has great potential. With the support of simply health, we are determined to enhance Andover’s local offer and bring new opportunities for business.”

Mark Leech

BID Board Director

As a founding member and one-time chair of the former steering committee, I was instrumental in securing the buy-in of many of the businesses in the BID-Area as well as guiding policy to meet the interests of those I represented. As a board member, I would seek to continue on this strong foundation and ensure that the ongoing concerns and priorities of all BID-Area businesses are listened to, represented, and actioned.

Bev Botha

BID Board Director

Bev owns Andover’s deliciously infamous cupcake shop, The Travelling Cupcake which has been going strong for 6 -years now after initially starting in the town as a pop-up shop. Bev really cares about Andover and believes that we have so much potential to blossom. She is keen that new businesses and particularly independents are attracted to the town and are given every encouragement and support to develop and flourish. In joining the BID board, she wants to ensure that the BID is a strong and active voice for the businesses and can articulate their views when decisions about the town are being made.

Steve Cotney

BID Board Director

Steve has been the Chantry Centre manager since 2004, so he has seen many changes in Andover. Experienced in retail and centre management, he welcomes the recent investment made by Test Valley Borough Council in the centre and is working closely with senior personnel to ensure that the centre embraces positive change. Steve says we are fortunate as a town to have a BID and I very much welcome the opportunity to be part of an organisation that can be a strong voice for the businesses whilst providing my experience to the BID board at time when we are embracing change and looking to strengthen Andover as a centre.

Ange Moon

BID Board Director

I have 20 years’ experience in the Citizens Advice service and have been Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Test Valley since 2014. My role takes me out and about within the whole of Test Valley, but I have been a resident in Andover for the last 32 years so feel I know the town of Andover very well and have seen many changes. I am committed to putting Andover back on the map – I feel over the past 10 years Andover has lost its identity and I want to be part of the team who are doing something to make the change, my motivation for joining the board of Andover BID.

Amy Mellor

BID Board Director

Amy says of her appointment “I am delighted to have joined the BID board and one of the biggest positives I bring to the board is my experience in marketing and consumerism, whilst running a retail business. I’m also a millennial that has grown up in the technological era that has completely altered the way we shop and communicate. I’m a huge ‘shopper’ myself and understand what attracts my generation to towns, events, and stores. I will be encouraging BID to better the reputation of Andover, increase awareness of retail businesses, particularly the Indies and supporting initiatives to drive more footfall/traffic into the town”

Chris Attrill

BID Board Director

I am delighted to have joined Andover BID as a director. I am the Chief Executive of Valley Leisure LTD, a charitable trust in the leisure sector. My skills are varied and adaptable and I pride myself on balancing and delivering commercial and charitable objectives which I have proven can be delivered simultaneously, whilst remaining focused on customers, through providing excellence in all we do and exceptional customer service. I have a young family and care about Andover, I believe that the concept of BID’s and the positive impact they have on a town is a sound and proven approach particularly during challenging and difficult times. As a director, I bring to the board, a balanced and strategic approach offering strong governance whilst my creative skills are able to support the dynamic work undertaken by the BID.

Steve Godwin

Andover BID Manager

Steve Godwin is the Andover BID Manager and was appointed at the start of its first five-year BID term, 2019 – 2024 to introduce and develop the new BID to the town. Steve brings to Andover, a wealth of experience gained in the commercial and charitable sectors and during the last five years has worked in Salisbury, building their BID to achieve a huge majority for its second term. Steve says that “he is delighted to be working in Andover, which is a great town, ideally placed geographically with a good road network and an excellent train service. We have much history and many attributes including some very large and significant employers. The BID is here now to help develop Andover’s potential and provide additionality to our local businesses, and I look forward to being able to help to achieve that over the five years”

Andy Hunt

Business Support Co-Ordinator

I have joined Steve in supporting him with the work of the Andover BID. I am a local person and love the town and I have found that through the efforts of the BID it provides businesses a bigger and more effective voice which helps to make positive changes. This is a great role for me as I am partly in the office helping with the administrative role but also out and about in the town. I like to build strong relationships and ensure that good communication is established. This is key to implementing the BID effectively and I aim to meet as many of the BID members as possible to introduce myself and find out what they would like from the BID. Meeting each BID member will not only set the foundations for building that positive relationship but will also provide an opportunity to discuss with what is happening within their business and find out if they have any offers or events going on that I can share and support them with through BID activities and promotion You will see Andy around so do chat with him and give him your ideas on how BID can help and support your business.

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