Thursday June 28th 2018

Board member focus: Ben Gilligan

Ben Gilligan

Ben Gilligan

Every month, Sheffield BID shines a spotlight on one of our board members to find out more about what they do in their day job, their involvement with the BID and their views on the issues affecting Sheffield city centre.

In June, we spoke to Ben Gilligan, director of public transport at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. Ben has been a board member since October 2017.

Please tell us some information about your career so far, including your current job and what that involves.

I started my career in 2002 as a graduate trainee with transport operator FirstGroup PLC.  I worked my way up to become managing director of First South Yorkshire before leaving in 2015.  I spent 18 months as a consultant before joining South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive as director of public transport.  My role involves working with the bus, tram and rail operators to deliver improved services as well as ensuring the safe operation of our interchanges and delivery of major capital schemes.

Why did you join the BID board?

Public transport plays a key role in bringing people into the city centre, whether that be for work, leisure or shopping purposes.  I have well established relationships with the public transport operators and believe that I can play a key role in building the understanding of what is important for all partners.

What do you enjoy about being on the BID board?

I really enjoy working with a diverse range of leaders from across Sheffield’s public and private sectors.  The meetings are well run and all board members are respectful of the varying opinions around the table.

Which BID project are you most passionate about and why?

I am a big fan of the busier project as this is what drives the vibrancy of the city.  There are some great events and attractions across the year and they are all available to visit by the city’s excellent public transport network.

In general, what are your opinions of Sheffield city centre?

New developments such as Heart of the City 2 will help the city compete with neighbours. The city is evolving and it is a really exciting time to be around.

What further work would you like to see the BID undertake to improve Sheffield city centre?

I would like the BID to do more to understand the requirements of visitors to the city in order to ensure that its plans and project cater to both levy payers, businesses and those visiting the city.

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