Terry Baxter, the BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast presenter, has been announced as the new Chair of Ipswich Central, the town centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) Company.
Earlier this week, Terry revealed that he had decided to leave Radio Suffolk at the end of next month when his current contract ends. Alongside his new role heading up the BID, he remains Chief Executive of the ITFC Charitable Trust and will continue his media and communications consultancy.
William Coe, the outgoing Chair of the BID, said: “I am extremely proud of what Ipswich Central has achieved over the last 7 years and it is largely due to our Chief Executive, Paul Clement, his excellent team and a group of businesses who are all striving to improve the area they live, work and socialise in. I am a great believer in the power of cooperative organisations all working towards a common goal to improve their lot rather than just blaming others and feeling that they are powerless to instigate change. Ipswich has still some way to go on its journey to become East Anglia’s waterfront town centre but I am confident with Terry at the helm we can continue to make great strides towards that goal. I wish him and the town all the best for the future.”
Commenting on his new post Terry Baxter said: “I am delighted to be taking on such an important role for Suffolk’s county town. Ipswich Central has a dedicated and committed CEO, Board, staff and Management Group and I am excited at the prospect of working with them and the members, who are committed to helping to create a vibrant, energetic and welcoming Ipswich, prepared for the challenges ahead and focused on working with all partners who share our aims. William is a tough act to follow and I am delighted that he has agreed to work with me and share his vast experience during a structured handover period.”
A priority for Terry will be overseeing how the X-Fund award, which totals £168,059, will be allocated and accelerating the BID’s Vision to more effectively link the new Waterfront area with the main commercial town centre core. It’s role in providing enhanced management and marketing services to businesses will continue.