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Simon W. Quin

Director & Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management - MMU

Simon is a Director and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Institute is the international professional body serving people working to make places better (www.placemanagement.org). Simon has a particular focus on the sustainability of town and city centres, Business Improvement Districts, and the future of public markets. He is also Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Place Management and Development.

Simon has a background in economic development and was co-author of the influential Vital and Viable Town Centres: Meeting the Challenge report published by the UK Government in 1994. He worked as a Town Centre Manager for ten years, initially in Romford and then Reading, before becoming Chief Executive of ATCM (then the Association of Town Centre Management) from 2004-2010. During this time, he served as a Board Member of the Washington DC-based International Downtown Association (IDA) and of Town Centre Management Europe (Tocema). He has been a Board Member of the National BIDs Pilot Project, the Retail Markets Alliance, the National Skills Academy for Retail, and Best Bar None.

Simon has an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Place Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, a member of the New York-based Project for Public Spaces Placemaking Leadership Council and serves on the Tocema Scientific Committee based in Belgium. He was awarded the 2010 Premio Internacional by AGECU, Spain, for his work on town centres. He speaks and writes regularly about aspects relating to market, town, city and place management, and has presented in more than twenty countries.

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