Cathy Parker is Professor of Retail and Marketing Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University and Co-Chair of the Institute of Place Management, the professional institute for all those involved in making better places. Cathy is regarded as an international expert and leader in place management and is one of the co-authors of the recent UK Government-commissioned report ‘High Street 2030: Achieving Change’. She is frequently asked to commentate on place and retail related topics and has recently appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Sunday Politics (NW), BBC Radio 5 live and ITV Tonight.

Simon Quin is a recognised international authority on urban place management. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the field, working as a consultant, researcher, place manager, advocate and industry leader. Simon is co-founder and co-chair of the Institute of Place Management and Professorial Fellow in Place Management Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Catherine Mitton is the Executive Director for the Institute of Place Management and The BID Foundation. Catherine has 15 years’ experience leading teams in the place management industry, with expertise in creating strong partnerships between the public and private sectors, having delivered intricate projects for local government. Last year Catherine graduated from a top 20 Russell Group university with a MBA, which included completing a research piece on effective corporate governance practices within English BIDs.

Steve is a Director and Reader at the Institute of Place Management, as well as a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. Steve guides the Institute's work on place making and planning. He is a Trustee of the Manchester Geographical Society. Steve’s areas of expertise include High Street Regeneration and Place Management. He has conducted research on lighting and public space, creativity, and football.

Ares Kalandides is Professor of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Institute of Place Management as well as founder and CEO of the Berlin-based consultancy Inpolis Urbanism. He has consulted place managers around the world, and implemented various projects in many different locations. Ares holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the National Technical University of Athens.