The voluntary Board of Directors is private sector led and consists of both elected and nominated Directors, comprising a majority of representatives from the Waterfront business community and supported by nominated representatives of key stakeholder organisations.
To ensure the best possible representation of the diverse interests of the Waterfront BID area, involving seven different business sectors and more than six thousand residents, Directors are selected based upon their skill set and range of experience. The Board currently represents interest areas including Accommodation, Attractions, Heritage, Independent Retail, Licensing, Professional Services, Education and Residential, and boasts a strong skill set in Governance, History, Leisure, Marketing, Planning and Tourism.
Nick Buckland OBE
With an impressive and diverse background, Nick Buckland has chaired over fifteen regional and national boards in his career, and is currently Chair of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and KARST, Chair of South West Waters ‘Water Futures Customer Panel’, Advisory Board Member of Devon & Cornwall Business Council, and is a trustee of both Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Peninsula Medical Foundation. He is also the Chair of Governors of the Plymouth UTC. Previously Nick was Chair of Governors and Pro Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, he Chaired Plymouth Science Park. He was also the Deputy Chair of the South West Regional Development Agency and a board member of The Plymouth Development Company.
"I’m delighted to accept the role of Chairman of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, and representing more than nine hundred businesses, I look forward to helping nurture positive change in our World class waterfront, which is second to none anywhere. Working in partnership with other key bodies in the city and with Plymouth City Council will help us build on the excellent work of PWP. I am very excited about this further opportunity to support the wonderful city that is Plymouth."
Benjamin Shearn is the proprietor of The Treasury Group, with 25yrs trading in the Barbican having established the first sandwich and coffee bar in the city in 1993 and leading the way in café culture through expansion of more outlets.
Benjamin opened the first late licensed cocktail venue in the city centre namely the Treasury as well as creating other popular hospitality businesses such as the B-Bar, Watering Hole, Barcaro, Bar Burritos amongst others. His portfolio of businesses include Gin Festivals UK, Marquee & Co & Ginny McGinface Gin all of which takes him around the country.
His passion and support for the Barbican saw him reside as chair of the Association of Barbican Businesses for 9 years, helping small businesses have a voice in the city and was one of the original committee of VisitPlymouth which went on to form the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership.
Ben also leads on the PWP Nominations Committee.
He has achieved some major fundraising over the years including summiting the most Northern mountain range in the world during the Arctic Jubilee Expedition, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base camp, etc etc and is a trustee of Jeremiahs Journey Children's Bereavement charity.
Benjamin creates opportunities for young people offering students and young people training and employment and also mentors university students in event and hospitality management.
Andrew Bullivant is a Partner with Atwell Martin, an estate agency which specialises in Residential Sales, New Homes, Land & Investment.
"Along with my business Partner Robert Atwell, I own and manage the Plymouth Atwell Martin office. I have been involved with the residential market since graduating from University in 1997 when I joined a Residential Sales and Lettings team in London. Since then I have worked for Knight Frank and King Sturge before taking the plunge with Robert in 2011 and buying this business, currently operating at Southside Street in the Barbican."
Plymouth Prints and Plymouth Historian
Educated at Hyde Park School and Plymouth College. Gained a BA Psychology and Sociology from Leeds in 1976 and an MA in Sociology from Warwick in 1978. Opened a shop in New Street on the Barbican 1978 selling his prints and drawings, the shop is still open and Chris has now written over 20 books about the city and made a number of films about Plymouth.
Has written for the Plymouth Herald from 1982 to the present, worked as freelance broadcaster for BBC Radio for 25 years, and has presented one TV series for ITV Westcountry. In the early 1990s was Chair of Barbican Traders: he has also chaired the Old Plymouth Society and the OPM Club. A director of the Plymouth Barbican Trust since 1985, Chris is also a current director of the Plymouth Dispensary Trust, and committee member of the Give A Child A Chance charity.
A keen music, art and sports fan, Chris plays cricket for Philanthropists CC and the occasional game of tennis. Happily married to Clare they have three adult children
Womble Bond Dickinson
With over 20 years experience in real estate work, acting for a variety of clients in a number of sectors, I try to understand what matters most to our clients and other stakeholders, to ensure that projects are dealt with swiftly and pragmatically.
I specialise in all aspects of commercial property work, with a particular emphasis on property finance. I regularly act for a wide variety of lenders, investors, developers, property receivers, public bodies, charities, education institutions, registered providers, insolvency practitioners and commercial clients.
I am recognised in the legal directories as a "Leader in the Field", have lectured nationally on various aspects of commercial property and property finance. Clients and peers kindly praise my commercial and collaborative approach.
I am one of the co-chairs of the Plymouth Area Business Council, a member of the Mayflower 400 Advisory Board and a Governor at Sherford Vale Primary School
Mervyn Orchard is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Bluestone360 brings a wealth of experience to the PWP Board with the following specialities: Branding and Identity, New Business, Networking, Marketing, People Development, Design, Business Planning, Linking People and Businesses together, NED's and LinkedIn.
After completing a four year course at Falmouth Art College, he spent five years in the South African Design and Advertising sector, before returning to Plymouth to set up Bluestone.
As a brand evangelist, Mervyn has spent years helping clients punch above their weight and enjoys infecting people with his enthusiasm.
Sitting on a number of local and regional boards, he has a true passion and determination to see Plymouth become the heart of Devon and Cornwall and would like to play a significant part in shaping the City's future.
Co-Founder / Executive Director Bluestone 360
Director National Marine Aquarium
Trustee of Jeremiah’s Journey
Director Horizons MAT
Blue Marine Foundation
Chair of the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum
Having joined the Blue Marine Foundation in 2019 and previously working as Head of Marketing at the National Marine Aquarium, a key stakeholder in the waterfront and city, I’m passionate about creating legacy and success within the BID. I've lived and worked in the waterfront for a number of years and I feel I’m well suited to combine local knowledge with Marketing and Business Strategy.
We’re known as Britain’s Ocean City because we have a world class asset, and through the BID we have further opportunity to leverage the attention and spend of domestic tourists and locals alike, as we continue the journey to create a vibrant Waterfront hub.
The delivery of the BID1 Business Plan and the successful renewal for a second five year BID term to 2022 shows the fantastic achievements the BID has made since its launch in 2012, and I feel personally I have a lot more to give to the lead up to the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.
Architects Design Group and
Advisory Panel Chair
I have been a regular attendee at the Advisory Panel meetings and have actively engaged in the process of regenerating the Waterfront. My design skills and local knowledge are of significant benefit and I am enthusiastic about helping to complete the work that has been started.
Cllr Pete Smith
Deputy Leader, Plymouth City Council
Penny Tarrant is the Chair of the Hoe Residents' Association and Chair of the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum.
Leading on the design of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Hoe area of Plymouth's Waterfront and with a keen interest in heritage preservation, Penny is seeking to enhance and protect the dazzling centrepiece of Plymouth which is its Hoe and Sound location.
"Living very happily in Plymouth. Utilising my skills in a voluntary capacity as the interest takes me. After a career in financial services, I'm very pleased to be putting back and paying forward in the community."
Plymouth College of Art
A leading influencer, Andrew is also Director of Trustees and Chair of Governors of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a Distinguished Professor of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in China and a Board Member of the Association of the Independent Colleges of Art and Design in the USA.
This is the latest in an exciting series of appointments to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the organisation responsible for the delivery of the Waterfront Business Improvement District.
"I'm extremely pleased to be joining the Waterfront Board and to help in shaping the future direction of this most significant aspect of the city.
The Waterfront defines our city, its past, present and future, and It would be wonderful to see Plymouth maximise the potential vibrancy of this extraordinary waterfront area.
As the leading advocate and public voice for this, the Waterfront Partnership has already influenced significant changes through the BID and I'm looking forward to working with the team"