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Bradford at Night Appoints New Managing Director and introduces new Directors to the board

Bradford at Night has announced the appointment of three new directors and a new Managing Director to their team.

Tom Walling, Kevin Dean, and Graham Sweeney all join the board alongside new Managing Director, Elizabeth Murphy.

Each is credited with bringing knowledge and understanding of events management, media and communications as well as legal and insurance backgrounds.

There’s a new role for Elizabeth Murphy who takes the reins as the organisations new Managing Director. Elizabeth has been with Bradford at Night since its launch in 2020 when she joined as a founding partner and as Evening and Nighttime coordinator, responsible for championing the evening and nighttime economy for Bradford.

Tom Walling brings a dynamic and collaborative spirit to Bradford at Night. Graduating in 2018 from the University of Bradford, his expertise has been firmly placed in the Hospitality and Commercial Sector. Leading on areas for the organisation, Tom contributes towards the future strategic development of the organisation across the city.

Graham Sweeney holds a comprehensive knowledge in the legal sector. Currently Managing Partner at Schofield Sweeney, an award winning legal law firm based in Bradford. Graham brings his expertise to the board and upholds our commitment and compliance for alongside his fellow directors.

Kevin Dean joins with a wealth of experience across various businesses in the city. A recognisable face on our high street, from Blooms florist to Tiffin Coffee and Ginger Goose to name a but a few. Kevin shares his passion and enthusiasm for Bradford wholeheartedly and ensures our team shares his passion.

Elizabeth Murphy “The appointment of three new Directors to the team comes at an exciting time. The city has seen Bradford at Night naturally develop, originally designed to support the evening economy, it’s played a greater part in contributing to its social economy.” She spoke of how the sector has been hit hard post COVID, but also by the current climate where the cost of living crisis has had a huge impact on the hospitality industry.

New Director, Tom Walling said about his appointment that “Bradford at Night is a sleeping giant that’s ready to wake up, since joining I’ve seen first hand the exciting projects upcoming and how we’re ready to support the city in the next stages of its journey”

Bradford at Night has a huge amount of achievements to shout about,

And one of its biggest achievements is bringing people together around the table, and that in their eyes doesn’t stop at a BD1 postcode, it should and will reach Bradfords surrounding districts! Representatives include those leading businesses from bars to corporate firms, but also police, licensing and the city’s CCTV operators, alongside BID teams from various areas.

There’s been a positive response to Best Bar None, a nationally-recognised scheme to improve standards and promote excellence in running licensed premises. ‘Ask for Angela’ – a safety initiative where people who feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly seek help. Regular meetings with hoteliers, bars and food establishments.



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