Meet The Board

Tim Keeping

Marlands Shopping Centre
Large Business

Chair of GO! Southampton Board

“GO! Southampton is a great opportunity for businesses to work in partnership to make sure our City Centre works for them; independent retailer or multi-national corporate, Go! Southampton will deliver clear benefits to all. That’s why the owners and management of The Marlands are supporting GO! Southampton.”

Caroline Osman

W. J. French & Son
Small Business

Chair of Great City Centre Experience Theme Group

Caroline Osman is the owner and Managing Director of W. J. French & Son. She is the 8th generation of her family to run the award-winning shoe shop, which has been trading in Southampton for over 200 years. Caroline had a career as a Chartered Surveyor before moving back to her home town of Southampton in 2014 to run the family business. She helps communicate the challenges that face independent businesses and the opportunities they could benefit from. Caroline has been a member of the board since 2016 is Vice president and chairs the Greater City Centre Experience theme group.

Leigh Rengger

Solent University
Strategic Agencies

Chair of the Marketing Theme Group

Solent University can trace its roots in Southampton back to 1856 and we are committed to both great education and being a valuable civic partner. We’re delighted to be part of GO! Southampton and share the goals of ensuring Southampton is an attractive, vibrant and economically successful city.

Nick Barwood

Womble Bond Dickinson
Large Business

Chair of the Stronger Business Theme Group

“Womble Bond Dickinson can trace its roots in Southampton back to 1646 and is proud to support Go Southampton! Personally, I have lived and worked in Southampton most of my life and I am passionate about helping the city realise its full potential as a world class city. The BID is a great opportunity to bring together people and ideas to deliver tangible change within the city and to help deliver on that potential..”

Allan Gordon

National Regional Property Group

“As a large developer in Southampton our objective is to provide high quality, sustainable residential and mixed-use developments to support the cities regeneration programme. Our aims dovetail with those of GO! Southampton and all the businesses involved and we are delighted to be part of this initiative.”

Anna Copper

Stakks Pancake House

“Overjoyed to be part of and work alongside some of the greatest and experienced minds of Southampton’s Board of Directors.”

“I am the owner of STAKKS Pancake House and represent the small and independent businesses in the city. I was asked to join the team as I am known for my passion, attention to detail and business drive. I always look for ways to improve myself, my business, my community and now I can also contribute to my City. I believe that Southampton can and should be bigger and better, after all the potential is immense. The BID is bringing everyone together to create a City that we all can be proud of.”

Annaliese Hughes

Delicious Dining

“Southampton is a City with huge untapped potential and as we emerge from a year of uncertainty we have new opportunities to drive positive change and take collaborations to the next level. I believe working together with colleagues from the local business economy is a chance to realise the endless possibilities for our City to grow, develop and thrive.”

Dishi Umfleet

Docks Coffee House
Associate Member

Southampton is a vibrant city with so much potential and GO! Southampton provides businesses with an opportunity to collaborate and work towards improving their local areas providing benefits to both businesses and residents. Born in Southampton, I am passionate about making a positive difference to the City.

Gary Bennetton

Orange Rooms
Small Business

“I can see the positive changes that are being brought about by the BID and I am really pleased to be able to represent the night time economy as another important element of Southampton’s fantastic offer.”

Jamie Donaldson

Quilter plc
Large Business

“GO! Southampton is a great driving force to help attract and grow the business community within the city. As a prominent employer in the heart of Southampton we are excited to work together with other like-minded businesses to make a real difference to the appearance, vibrancy and heartbeat of a truly historic waterfront city.”

Jo Phillips

Carnival UK
Large Business

GO! Southampton is bringing businesses in the city together to give Southampton more to shout about and to shape the city’s bright future. GO! Southampton’s ambition will move Southampton forward as a place to live, to work and to do business. As one of the largest employers in the area, that’s why Carnival UK supports the BID.

Laura Read

Westquay Shopping Centre

Laura is General Manager of Westquay, the South Coast’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination located in the heart of Southampton. Laura grew up on the other side of the New Forest and has lived close to the city for most of her life. With a background in licensed retail and hospitality, bringing people together to enjoy experiences in a vibrant and exciting destination is really close to her heart. Laura has operated businesses or regions that span across many different areas of the country – from central London to Yorkshire and from South Wales to the length of the South Coast – and therefore is pleased to be able to bring learnings from other cities and areas back to Southampton to its benefit. As a business stakeholder in the city, Laura really sees the benefit and opportunity that GO! Southampton has to help bring prosperity and economic success to the city centre.

Paul Marsden

John Lewis & Partners
Large Business

“Southampton is a great city. The BID will make it even greater by bringing together stakeholders to ensure Southampton shines bright at the heart of the South coast for residents and visitors alike.”

Toby Steele

Southampton Football Club
Large Business

Toby is Managing Director of Southampton Football Club and a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has been a resident of the wider Southampton area since 2005 and enjoys being part of the BID, which plays a crucial role to improve the experience for businesses of all sizes within the city and everyone visiting the city, regardless of their purpose. Toby also sits on GO! Southampton’s Finance & Scrutiny Committee.

GO! Southampton Observers

Claire Whitaker OBE

City of Culture 2025 Bid Director
GO! Southampton Observer

Claire has been appointed to take forward Southampton’s Bid of City of Culture 2025, working with Southampton’s communities, cultural organisations, businesses and academic partners locally and in the wider Solent region. Claire is committed to supporting the development of creative talent and is passionate about enabling diverse audiences to experience music, arts and culture. Her extensive experience has helped Claire make her work an important part of the UK’s cultural sector. Claire is committed to supporting the development of creative talent and is passionate about enabling diverse audiences to experience arts and culture.

Kate Martin

Executive Director of Place, Southampton City Council
GO! Southampton Observer

Kate Martin is the Executive Director of Place at Southampton City Council and has supported Local Government for over 20-years, including at Director level for the City of Wolverhampton, London Borough of Camden and London Borough of Brent Councils. Kate is a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Member of the Institute of Economic Development and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Kate is passionate about placemaking, with an award-winning track record of working with Councillors, residents and businesses across the UK. Kate has held a range of Non-Executive roles with UK companies, regional organisations and government bodies.