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.

Cheltenham Bid Ambassador

Tess Beck


Tess has a strong customer service background and over 10 years’ administrative experience.

She is community focussed and is the Chair of her residents’ association, arranging public meetings, overseeing volunteer groups and managing funding applications.

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

    Cheltenham Bid Ambassador

    Darren Young


    Darren is currently studying Tourism Management at the University of Gloucestershire where he is actively involved in supporting student placements.

    He has many years of experience in the retail sector so understands the needs of the businesses in the BID area.

      Mimi Chasebi


      Mimi is a postgraduate student studying Occupational Psychology at The University of Gloucestershire.

      She is experienced in working in customer facing roles and has an excellent understanding of the type of support businesses need from our Ambassadors.

      Mimi is passionate about Cheltenham and believes it has so much to offer everyone.