The Institute of Place Management is delighted to announce the award of Senior Fellowship to Dr Julie Grail who will join the Institute as a Special Advisor on Business Improvement Districts. The Institute awards a limited number of Senior Fellowships to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of place management, whether as a researcher, practitioner or policy maker.

In the first instance, Julie will support the establishment of The BIDs Alliance and its Council, which is being developed within the Institute to support both the development and influence of the BID industry.

Since the mid 1990s, Dr Grail has been a leading expert in partnership and place management.

She has been involved in managing places for well over two decades, including managing the market towns of Frome and Glastonbury in Somerset (1995 to 1996); the establishment of the town centre company in Kingston (1996 to 2001); leading the first BID pilot programme ‘The Circle Initiative’ in central London (2001 to 2005); establishing and leading the first regional BIDs programme 'London BIDs' (2004 to 2011); founder and Managing Director of the BID consultancy 'Partnership Solutions' (2004 to 2014); as founder Director and Chief Executive of the national BID organisation 'British BIDs' (2006 to 2015); and most recently as founder and Managing Director of the management consultancy for BIDs ‘The BIDs Business’ (2016 to date).

Her industry influence includes being leading contributor to the original BID legislation; leading author of the Property Owner BID model; originator of the government's BID Loan Fund; developer of accreditation systems, training and qualifications for BIDs, a leading sector researcher and author of the Government published Local Authority Guide on BIDs (2015). 

Julie regularly presents on BIDs at regional, national and international level and is a leading commentator on the subject of BIDs, Partnerships and Place Management.

Julie's academic background is a BSc Hons in Land Management from De Montfort University and a PhD in Urban Governance from the University of Sheffield.

Speaking about her appointment, Dr Julie Grail said, ‘I am delighted to have the honour of Senior Fellow bestowed upon me by the Institute and look forward to supporting them on BIDs both here in the UK and overseas’.

Making the appointment was Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, who said, 'Business Improvement Districts are growing in number and represent an important part of the place management community. We are delighted Julie has joined the IPM as Senior Fellow to provide support and thought leadership'.