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 (President)

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 (Chair)

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

Recently appointed to Town & Village Manager for the local Council, I am responsible for the town centre management function across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough, in Northern Ireland. My role is to maintain and improve the quality and viability of towns and villages for all users by acting as a co-ordinator and catalyst and encouraging co-operation between key stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Recent projects have included local and regional government, as well as European funded programmes including; Revitalise Projects for Coleraine, Ballymoney, Limavady and Ballycastle, installation of free public area WiFi within the four main towns, as well as various marketing and promotional activities such as the introduction of various signature events for the area. All of these projects continue to contribute to the economic stability of our town centres. In connection with my role I set up the Coleraine Town Team, an advisory group to Council made up of local and statutory town centre stakeholders. 

I have previously worked in the leisure industry and in the private sector as a company director for a manufacturing firm and I am also a past President of the local Chamber of Commerce. The main objective for my career in town management is to ensure that the actions carried out will bring real solutions to create vibrant and prosperous town centres that all stakeholders can take pride in.

Emma Thornton

Emma Thornton (Vice Chair)

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 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.