Meet the team

Kevin Ward

Newport Now is managed on a day-to-day basis by Kevin Ward Media. Kevin is the former editor of the South Wales Argus and has lived in Newport for almost 30 years. A city centre resident, Kevin is a director/trustee of Newport Live, Newport City Homes and the Kaleidoscope Project. He is also a director, shareholder and season ticket holder of Newport County AFC. He can be contacted on 07824 472543 or via email at


Tony Buchanan

Tony provides administrative assistance to the Newport Now manager. A native of Newport, Tony had a long career managing a number of pubs in the city and also worked around the world on cruise ships.


Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors provide a visible and reassuring presence patrolling the Newport Now BID area daily, liaising directly with businesses, local authorities, the police, other agencies, city centre workers and visitors.


Our board

The Newport Now board consists of a variety of business and community representatives, from both national and independent businesses. It also includes one elected member of the city council, the organisation that collects the BID levy.

Alan Edwards, Chairman – Vacaras

Zep Bellavia, Company Secretary – Harding Evans

Fiona Jefferies – Barefoot Ceramics

Paul Scholefield – Wilkos

Nicky Vignoli – The Newporters

Robin Hall – Kymin

Dan Smith – M4 Property Consultants

Huw Llewelyn – Admiral

Ian Lamsdale - Newport City Radio

Simon Pullen – Friars Walk

Chris Jones – Boots

Tracey Stokes-Whiting – La Belle Femme Boutique

Hannah Williams – Tiny Rebel

Kane Athay – Richard Hayward Properties

Councillor Jane Mudd – Newport City Council

Richard Ellis - Ellis Lloyd Jones accountants