Meet the Team

Kevan Blackadder

BID Director

Kevan heads the BID team and was previously Cheltenham’s Town Centre Manager.

He was editor of the Gloucestershire Echo from 2008 until 2014, after being assistant editor of the Bristol Post. He started his career as a reporter on his home-town newspaper, the Whitehaven News in Cumbria.

He is a trustee of Gloucestershire Crimestoppers and sits on the Local Organising Committee of Gloucestershire School Games and the advisory board of Gloucestershire All Golds’ rugby league club.


Belinda Hunt

BID Operations Manager

Belinda’s background is in Administration Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

She has helped many national and international blue chip companies to develop their Employee Engagement and Community Investment strategies.

She has lived and worked in Gloucestershire for more than 20 years.

Maria Marriott

Maria Allebone


Maria has a Digital Marketing, Leisure Management and Dance Education teaching background.

She has run her own Personal Training, Tutoring and Assessment business in the UK alongside managing a housing project for the homeless and vulnerable.

She is currently the Publicity Officer for the Playhouse Theatre company and manages all social media and events.

Maria also enjoys acting in her spare time.

Phil Cook


Phil is a former Administrator and Cinema Support Manager who has enjoyed working for the BID since the autumn of 2017

Phil has lived in Cheltenham for 30yrs and during his time with BID, he has been involved in many aspects including The Festivals, tidy-up projects and meeting and greeting tourists.

Carolyn Griswold


Carolyn’s background in customer facing positions gives her the experience to be an integral part of the team of Ambassadors.

She shares her enthusiasm for Cheltenham with visitors and businesses alike and enjoys helping people make the most of our town.

Deborah Goodman


Deb has previously worked as a Resident Estate Manager and as a Teaching Assistant in Primary schools where she supporting SEN children on a 1:1 basis.

She has experience in customer facing roles and has an excellent understanding of Cheltenham.

Deb enjoys playing tenor sax, singing and even a bit of Ballroom dancing