Another former policeman has swapped walking the beat for serving the needs of businesses in Bury St Edmunds town centre.
Mike Kirkham has joined Bid4Bury as business support officer. He replaces Neil Boast, a former Suffolk Police sergeant who left after six months in July, to run his local pub in Woodbridge.
The latest member of the Bid4Bury team, Mr Kirkham joins after a 30 year career in the police – mainly in Norfolk.
Mr Kirkham’s final two years with the police saw him work with the Home Office on policing and security for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
More recently he has worked as a Park Ranger in the Abbey Gardens and as a loss prevention supervisor for a major town centre store.
“Bury is a great place with a lot going on but that doesn’t mean that the businesses here don’t still have their own challenges,” said Mr Kirkham.
“I’m looking forward to working with all the businesses, from the independents to the national names and having worked with a lot of different partnerships in my career, particularly during my time with the Olympics, I hope to be using the skills I’ve developed to benefit the town as a place to visit or do business.”
Mike and his wife live in Bury. They have a son, daughter and a 14 year old Labrador called Molly.
In his spare time Mike is a member of The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club, and enjoys canoeing and volunteering with the National Trust.
The chief executive of Bid4Bury is Mark Cordell who joined in 2011 after a 32-year career in the police where he held positions as sector commander for Bury and as area commander for West Suffolk.
Mr Cordell said: “The Business Improvement District, through its marketing brand ourburystemdunds.com, works hard to make Bury a place that people will want to visit and hopefully spend money here when they do.
“But as an organisation funded by the member businesses we want to ensure that we are serving those companies as well as we can and Mike will bring new ideas to the role as well as building on our existing relationships.”