Bridge Leisure Management: Our Expert Team
The Bridge Leisure team has more than 100 years combined experience of running some of the biggest holiday and residential parks in the UK, for some of the best known groups.
We have a high level experience of park management, operations, strategy, finance and marketing, ensuring we can provide knowledgeable and practical support for your business.
Richard Hunt – Chairman BLM
Richard has 20 years of board and executive level experience in senior general management roles in the leisure sector, with both private equity-backed businesses and plcs including Swallow Hotel Group, Roadchef, Allied Domecq, Greenalls and Park Resorts. He is an experienced project director who led the management of Pontins out of administration. Richard has held commercial director positions for a number of leisure businesses, including Park Resorts.
Andrew Howe – Chief Executive
Andrew has worked in the leisure industry for 16 years, within both independent and plc companies including Talarius PLC, the UK’s largest High Street slot machine operator, and UK caravan park operators Park Resorts. He shaped Sandy Balls Holiday Centre into the UK’s benchmark independent park and developed Park Resort’s lodge strategy. Equally at home on the park or in the boardroom, he expertly bridges the gap between the two.
Simon Williams – Commercial Director
With 20 years’ experience of holiday parks, including at Bourne Leisure’s and Park Resorts’ leading locations, Simon has extensive industry knowledge. He heads the operations of our parks, both owned and managed, and particularly enjoys team development and training, where his track record of inspiring profit and performance is a great asset.
Simon Elliott – Finance Director
Simon started his career and gained his professional qualifications at Ernst & Young before moving into Corporate Finance and then out into industry. His experience spans international and domestic markets, small, medium and large companies, focusing on maximising company value. The previous six of his 20 years in finance have been spent in the consumer, retail and leisure industries for Park Resorts and Roadchef, enabling him to bring sector specific knowledge and insights to his role at Bridge Leisure.
Andy McCauley – Sales Director
Andy’s 12 years in the industry have seen him work for Haven, Great British Holiday Parks and Park Resorts. Although Andy is experienced as a General Manager he is more at home in a sales environment, winning many awards, including Sales Manager of the Year for Park Resorts. Andy also has vast experience in sales training and writing sales training manuals which are still used in the industry today.
Rachel Mabbs – Head of Marketing
Rachel is a senior commercial marketing professional with over 15 years experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies within the UK travel and leisure industry. She has worked with many leading brands including Haven, where she spent 10 years working in holiday sales and owner retention marketing, and at Bass for their Hollywood Bowl tenpin bowling centres, managing their marketing programmes across several sites. Rachel has a solid track record of revenue generation and a results-orientated approach to holiday park marketing.
Alison Watson – Operations Manager
Alison has worked in the holiday park industry for more than 25 years, starting in 1989 as a children’s entertainer at Rockley Park in Dorset and then working across the country in roles covering retail, caravan sales and general management, running holiday parks in North Wales, Yorkshire and Scotland. As operations manager, Alison works closely with holiday park owners so that Bridge Leisure can help grow their business financially and ensure a superb experience for their holiday home owners and holidaymakers.
With contacts throughout our industry – at every level and in every role – and working routinely with top industry advisers and contractors, we always know who’s best to call on.