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The BID Board is made up of volunteer directors who all either run or own city centre businesses, or are voluntary levy payers, or represent community groups. The Board provides strategic direction and governance.

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Board Chair

Zep Bellavia (Bellavia & Associates)

“I am very proud to chair the BID’s volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom either own or run city centre businesses. Our aim is to represent levy payers with key stakeholders & to spend the Levy in the ways in which we believe our members want, attracting more visitors and shoppers and giving the businesses of our Newport city centre the very best opportunity to thrive and prosper.“

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Alan Edwards

Board Members


Richard Ellis
(Ellis Lloyd Jones)

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Gavin Horton
(Horton’s Lounge)

Board Members
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Simon Pullen
(Friars Walk)

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Tracy Stokes (Belle Femme)

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Dan Smith
(M4 Property Consultants)

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Catherine Macnamara (Liverton Opticians)

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Steve Corten
(Pub Watch)

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Ian Lamsdale (Newport City Radio)

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Nicky Vignoli
(The Newporters)

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Councillor Jane Mudd (Leader, Newport City Council)


Nicola Marshall

(Newport Arcade)


Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward manages the BID on a day-to-day basis. Kevin’s company Kevin Ward Media Ltd is contracted by the BID to provide management & PR services four days a week. Kevin was a journalist for 32 years and editor of the South Wales Argus from 2012 to 2016. He has lived in Newport since 1989 and has been managing the BID since 2017. Kevin has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He plays a number of other roles in the city. He is the chairman of Newport Live, the city's charitable leisure trust; and a board member of Newport City Homes, the city's main provider of social housing; a board member of Newport Business Against Crime Partnership; and helps run the City of Newport Business Club. To email Kevin, please use our Contact Us page.

To call Kevin click below.

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Robin Hall
(Kymin Financial Planners)

BID Manager


Night Ambassadors

Our Night Ambassadors are funded by the Home Office’s Safer Streets scheme. They are on duty 8pm-4am on Fridays and Saturdays and cover the Stow Hill council ward as well as the BID area. Their primary role is to enhance the safety of the city centre and assist the night time economy. They can be contacted on 07307 045854 or via the city centre radio system.

Street Ambassadors

Our Street Ambassadors provide a visible and reassuring presence in the city centre. They patrol the BID area Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm and liaise directly with businesses, local authorities, the police, other agencies, city centre workers and visitors. They can be contacted on 07307 045854 or via the city centre radio system.

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BID Manager
Street Ambassador
Night Ambassadors
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