The BPA Annual Conference in partnership with ATCM is now just over a month away so each
week we will introduce you to some of the speakers set to make this year’s
conference as engaging as ever.
In this week’s spotlight is David Feehan, Hilary Paxman and
For information on the programme including other speakers, please visit the Annual Conference webpages where you will find the Annual Conference Brochure.
Plenary speaker 09:50am
Hilary Paxman is a career civil servant who works in the
Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the team taking
forward the Government's response to the Portas Review and the wider work into
the future of the high street. She is
also working closely with a number of the Portas pilot winners
16:30 Closing plenary,
Every Space Counts
Martin joined the Association of Town Centre Management
(ATCM) in 2004 and has been Chief Executive since July 2010. As a former Town Centre
Manager himself, he now works everyday towards gaining clear recognition of
importance of Town Centre Management, to provide members with the support,
opportunities, information, experience sharing, knowledge, skills development
they need in order to maximise their effectiveness.
Previously, Martin was Chief Executive of Action for Market
Towns after 20 years in the private sector. He has also has been chair of the
ATCM’s East Region and Town Centre Manager for Great Yarmouth. During his time there, he built one of the
strongest town centre partnerships in the country – a forerunner to BIDs. He has also experienced commercial life in
retail management and is a Member of the Institute of Place Management.
He has devised and run a number of training course on
partnership building and advises locations on creating and maintaining
effective partnership working.
David M. Feehan
plenary speaker, A New Parking Parking Paradigm: Rethinking the Parking
David Feehan will be presented via videolink from the USA. A
world recognised expert in downtown revitalization, for more than forty years,
he has provided leadership and management to successful downtown and business
district organizations, founded and directed a technical assistance centre for
community development organizations and a public policy organization, authored
numerous books and articles, and taught at two universities.
He is often quoted by news media throughout North America,
the Caribbean and elsewhere, and has provided consulting services to many
government agencies, organizations and associations. David has served on
numerous boards of directors, and has chaired the boards of the International
Downtown Association, the Responsible Hospitality Institute among others. As
the chief executive of three downtown organizations and one community
development corporation, Feehan managed major real estate and infrastructure
projects, successful business attraction and retention programs, and an
award-winning parking system. As the chief executive of two technical assistance
centers, he provided organizational development, marketing, fundraising and
other management support to more than 500 nonprofit organizations. As a
consultant, Feehan has helped downtown and business district organizations as
well as units of government develop visions and missions, strategic plans,
innovative programs, and transformational processes.
As an author and professor, he co-edited and wrote the most
recognized textbook on downtown management, Making Business Districts Work, and
is a frequent writer for journals and trade publications.
President and CEO International Downtown Association 2001 –
President and CEO Downtown Community Alliance 1996 – 2001
Executive Director of Downtown and Community Development
Detroit Renaissance 1994 – 1996
President and CEO Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc. 1989 – 1994
Executive Director Citizens League of Southwestern
Pennsylvania 1988 – 1989
Executive Director East Liberty Development, Inc. 1982 –
Executive Director Community Technical Assistance Centre
1980 – 1982
Executive Director Minneapolis Communications Centre 1973 –
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