Operations Manager
Kirsty Currie

Kirsty plays a vital role in the BID team, having been with the organisation since day one.

With experience working in both the public and private sectors in a range of roles, Kirsty has expertise across a number of areas and, behind the scenes, is involved in everything from HR to health and safety, as well as governance and the collection of the BID levy.

She is the main point of contact not only for our levy payers but also for many of the key people in the city, working closely to ensure that any issues or problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Kirsty works hand in hand with the Police and the council, particularly on the successful anti-social behaviour and crime clampdown initiatives which take place on a regular basis. This work was recognised when she was awarded the Chief Superintendent of Southern Area Command Recognition Award for partnership work.

At the same time, she chairs the city’s ShopWatch and CityWatch schemes, as well as supporting PubWatch.

She’s a familiar face out and about in the city centre, helping to ensure that Sunderland is a clean, friendly and welcoming place. Kirsty can regularly be seen on walkabouts, identifying any environment or enforcement issues and working in partnership with council officers.

She is also a member of the SAIL project working group – Sunderland Altogether Improving Lives – which brings together a diverse range of agencies with one aim – to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

In her role as operations manager, Kirsty is also leading on working towards the BID achieving Purple Flag status for Sunderland – an international accreditation scheme that is regarded as the gold standard for safe and vibrant city centres.

She has also played an active role in organising and managing volunteering initiatives such as the Deep Clean, which involved more than 2,000 students.