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.


Graham Chase

Graham Chase FRICS FCIArb FRSA FInstCPD (Interim Chairman)

Graham is a senior partner at Chase & Partners and is the current ATCM President. He has also previously been ATCM Chairman. Graham is Chairman of the Covent Garden Area Trust, a visiting professor at Westminster University, an Honorary Fellow at London South Bank University and Chairman of Saracens High School  Multi Academy Trust.

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.

Julienne Elliott (information to follow)

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.

Karen Turnbull

Karen (Economic Growth Development Manager, Colchester Borough Council) is an experienced and qualified economic development and marketing practitioner.  She has more than 35 years’ experience in the private and public sectors including leisure, tourism and economic development, financial services, construction, publishing and international conferences.

As a core member of Colchester Borough Council’s Town Centre improvement project Karen’s specialism involves place making particularly around tourism, retail and the night time economy.  The overall aim is to make a real difference to the quality of life for people in Colchester and to promote Colchester as an attractive proposition for inward investment.