LEADING holiday park company Parkdean Resorts has welcomed Terry Norton and Mike Jones to its Newcastle team in a strategic move ahead of the 2018 season.

The pair have joined the business to plan and oversee the delivery of a new-look retail, food and beverage offering across all UK parks to enhance guest experience.

Taking the newly-formed roles of senior retail business development managers, both Terry and Mike have spent their careers working in the holiday park industry, as well as with big global brands.

Terry, who is 35 and from Cheshire, has relocated to the North East from Texas where he worked with restaurant brand Chi’Lantro BBQ, following time spent with Burger King and Starbucks, and 13 years at Bourne Leisure. He will support the holiday parks in the North, as well as taking responsibility for developing the food offering on all parks.

Mike, who is 38 and from Carmarthenshire, will be responsible for supporting the holiday parks in the South of the country and also developing the bar and retail operations of the business. During his 20 years in the industry working for Bourne Leisure Mike has had great success at one of the largest holiday parks in the UK, operating brands such as Papa Johns, Starbucks and BK.

Commenting on the appointments, Parkdean Resorts’ chief operating officer Mark Harper said: “The appointment of Terry and Mike comes as we plan for the season ahead, working hard to deliver an even greater choice for our holidaymakers and holiday home owners when it comes to shopping, food and bar options.

“Their level of experience in the industry and beyond is second-to-none, and it’s exciting seeing our enhanced vision being brought to life.”

Employing over 7,000 people, Parkdean Resorts is the largest holiday park operator in the UK with over 70 parks stretching across the country. It was ranked 36th in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 in 2017 as one of Britain’s top private mid-market growth companies, and placed 13th in The Journal’s Top 200 list last November.

In December, the company won two gold awards at the British Travel Awards in the Best UK Family Holiday Parks Operator and Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Company categories.

For more information on Parkdean Resorts visit www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk.