Meet the ATCM Board

The ATCM Board has representatives from a range of organisations including the private and public sectors. They represent the property and shopping centre sectors, technology and innovations and service organisations. The Board also has practitioner representatives drawn from Town Centre Management and Business Improvement Districts.


Alexander Nicoll (Chairman)

Alexander Nicoll is Corporate Responsibility Director at Intu Properties plc, the UK listed property company. Intu owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations, right across the country, including 10 of the UK’s top 25, as well as the UK's first multichannel transactional shopping centre, Offering easy access to great places for shopping and socialising to more people than anyone else, intu centres attract over 350 million customer visits each year.  Alexander also works directly with the intu Board and Executive Management on industry and public affairs matters relevant to intu’s business. In this capacity Alexander also chairs a committee at the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and sits on the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) Sustainability Committee. Alexander served in London local government for 16 years and was Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster during 2006 – 2007.  He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and has been awarded Accredited Practitioner status.

Joe Harrison: NMTF (Deputy Chairman and Treasurer)

Joe Harrison was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the 34,000-strong National Market Traders Federation in June 2007.  He has a wealth of experience of the retail markets industry, starting work on Stockport market at the age of 14 as a Saturday lad on a fabric stall.

Joe set up his own business there in 1976, and in 1995 his wife, Barbara, joined him on their luggage, handbags and small leather goods stall.  He became its President in 1995, a position he gave up only after becoming National President for a three-year term in 2004. His principal role within the NMTF is to raise the profile of retail markets throughout the UK, combined with driving the federation’s five-year business plan. 

Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown

Leigh is City Centre manager for Perth, working for PKC. Involved in digital engagement, business community development, city dressing, place management and regeneration. Supporting a number of collaborative digital projects to support the growth of footfall. Supporting economic development of the City through events, business growth, new business start-up and support.

Leigh holds a hold a number of voluntary positions and sits on the boards of a number of local community and social enterprises. This local community involvement  led to work with Carnegie UK developing the TestTown project supporting young people to develop innovative ideas for town centre regeneration.

An experienced retailer with over 15 years experience of working in the retail trade, for major High Street retailers as well as running family owned businesses. Experienced in family run business and small business ownership. Whilst working in retail Leigh progressed her interest in training and education, delivering training for staff and managers. This interest in staff development led  to a position as a lecturer in retail and economics at Dundee and Angus College which then lead to a role with the College Development Network leading on the Determined to Succeed programme supporting enterprise within the college sector. A fellow of the Scottish Enterprise Educators Programme and associate fellow of the International Enterprise Educators Programme, Leigh also holds an Advanced Diploma in Teaching Further Education.



Richard Guiney

Richard Guiney is the CEO of Dublin Town, Dublin city centre's Business Improvement District. DublinTown is charged with the promotion of the city centre as a destination of choice for shopping, socializing and a place to do business on behalf of the district's 2,500 businesses. Richard is widely published on issues of place management and has spoken in various locations in Ireland, UK, Continental Europe, Asia and Australia on the subject. Dublin Town's work has been recognized by peer groups, receiving recognition and awards from the International Downtown Association (IDA), the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) and British BIDs. Richard believes that town centres will experience profound societal and economic changes in the first half of the 21st century when there will be a blurring of the traditional day and evening economies. He has spoken extensively on the need to reconsider how we plan our towns and cities to meet the challenges that new technology, peak oil and a mobile workforce will bring. In 2014, he was invited to chair Purple Flag Ireland and is now the regional chair of the ATCM in Ireland. An Accountant and Professional Tax Advisor by profession Richard has a keen interest in the arts and has served the boards of a number of prominent national arts organisations including the Irish Film Institute, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Visual Artists Ireland and Coisceim Dance Theatre. He is treasurer of the Ana Liffey Drug Project a low threshold drug service that works with drug users in Dublin's inner city. He currently serves on Dublin City Council's Transport Committee and the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee having previously served on the city's Environmental Committee.

Lisa Wells

With experiences working in banking and retail, Lisa later joined the public sector as a Project Officer with Swansea Council in 1999.  During her 3 years there Lisa was the power-house behind the regeneration of Swansea’s parks and sea-front and was responsible for over 500 events and generating over £12 million in external funding.  

Lisa joined the Swansea City Centre Partnership, now City Centre Management, in 2002 initially as City Centre Team Leader with responsibility for the operational management and coordination of the City Centre.  This experience stood her in good stead and Lisa went on as Swansea’s BID Development Manager to participate in a national government run pilot scheme with the ATCM who were developing the concept of BID across the UK.  Lisa secured one of the UK’s first BIDs and the first BID in Wales, which is currently in its third term and continues to thrive today.   

Appointed to the role of Swansea City Centre Manager in 2009, Lisa was thought to be at the time the youngest professional in the UK to hold such a title.


Emma Thornton

Emma Thornton

Emma has 20 years of private sector experience and 10 years experience working in public/ private sector partnerships focussed on improving the vitality and vibrancy of town and city centres. She is passionate about the difference that effective partnership working can make to revitalising town and city centres.

She has  worked in town and city centre management for 11 years
and during this period has  operated at both a strategic and operational level.  She has recently been actively  involved in developing and securing a successful BID for Cambridge city centre.