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.

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.

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.