Date of release: Friday, January 23, 2015

Mark Ross

An expert on transforming town and city centres is the speaker at the University of Greenwich's next Big Picture seminar on Wednesday 11 February.

Mark Ross, a Business Improvement District (BID) manager who has worked in a wide variety of towns and cities across the UK, will be sharing his wide experience with students, staff and members of the public. The seminar is free to attend and open to all, with registration details below.

The Association of Town & City Management's BID programme manager, Mr Ross has advised government representatives in the UK, Norway and Denmark and has presented internationally on the topic. Between 2011 and 2013, as an Area Business Manager in the London Borough of Newham, he played a key role in bringing the centres of Westfield and Old Stratford together as part of the Olympic legacy.

His work to bring economic success to town centres has included delivering new crime reduction partnerships, creating town centre activities, introducing street ambassador programmes, securing funding and enhancing town centre marketing campaigns.

The Association of Town & City Management's Chief Executive Shanaaz Carroll has described Mr Ross as "one of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the UK's BID world."

He is also a company director with fourteen years' experience of running a property and business consultancy firm.

Run by the university's Business School, the popular Big Picture seminar series gives high-profile speakers a chance to share their expertise with students, staff and the general public. Subjects include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the economy and the media.

The seminar takes place from 5pm at the Greenwich Campus. It is essential to register: for details, see

To find out more about studying with the Business School:, e-mail or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture:  Mark Ross