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Meet the Bridge Leisure 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.
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.
Jamie Whitlock – Commercial Manager
Jamie has been providing operational support for holidays parks for more than five years. He joined Bridge Leisure after graduating with a Business & Marketing degree, and recently completed Bridge’s own MINDS development programme. Jamie is Bridge Leisure’s lead contact on operational systems, including park management and point of sale technology.
Rachel Mabbs – Head of Marketing
Rachel has worked in the holiday park industry for more than 15 years, working for key UK holiday companies such as Bourne Leisure, BreakFree Holidays and Bridge Leisure. Rachel is a talented marketing professional with creative flair and extensive knowledge of all areas of the full marketing mix with a strong ability to operate on both a strategic and tactical level, manage agencies, people and control budgets.
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.