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Founded in 1998, Park Leisure has 20 years experience in the Holiday park industry. We're an ever growing business, currently operating 12 5-Star Holiday Parks across the UK spanning from Cornwall to Northumberland, with a Head Office based in York, North Yorkshire. Park Leisure is now starting to offer holiday product at some of it's park, meaning everybody can now experience the luxury of a Park Leisure Park. With an experienced Board of Director's behind us, the future will see exciting things coming for Park Leisure, stay tuned!

Miles Dewhurst - CEO

About Miles

Miles has an excess of 20 years' experience in Holiday Parks and is also the original founder of Park Leisure, Miles has a strong track record built on experience which has been evidenced in the continued growth of Park Leisure. Miles' considerations on the future of Park Leisure are built of surpassing expectations by offering true 5-star experiences throughout the Park Leisure brands.

Previous Experience

Haven Golden Sands and Coastfields, Haven Presthaven Sands and California Cliffs, now a Parkdean Resorts Park, in Great Yarmouth.

Miles Dewhurst

Joanne Cowl

About Joanne

Jo is Park Leisure's Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all things financial! Here's what Jo has to say about Park Leisure;

 "I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 with mid-tier firm Armstrong Watson, followed by 8 years with marketing services provider, Communisis PLC. I was delighted to join Park Leisure in 2013, a forward thinking organisation with a great ambition to increase the size of the group, including signification investment into the growth strategy."

Joanne Cowl

Olly Gardner

About Olly

Olly Gardner has had a successful, professional career leading people in some of the most challenging and hostile environments across the world, ranging from over 17 years in the military service to leading a transformation programme for UK energy supplier Npower. More recently Olly has joined the Board at Park Leisure to take up the role of Communications and Customer Relations Director.

Interesting Facts

Olly enjoys sports & has represented the Army and Combined Services at tennis & squash. He also has a passion for football (Liverpool FC!) and he coaches his son’s rugby team.

Olly Gardner

Christian Tyldesley

About Christian

Christian is Park Leisure’s Sales Director, responsible for both the sales and marketing teams. Joining the industry in 1994, Christian has worked amongst the most well known UK holiday parks as both a Sales Manager and General Manager. An award winning general manager, Christian joined Park Leisure due to the five-star experience being offered across all of our Parks.

Previous Experience

Bourne Leisure - Haven (Devon Cliffs, Primrose Valley, Presthaven, Lakeland, Haggerston Castle, Reighton Sands, Combe Haven), Parkdean Holidays.

Christian Tyldesley

James Gourlay

About James

James has worked in the industry for over 20 years’ and brings a wealth of knowledge to Park Leisure. A skilled General Manager across many parks for many years, James takes on the role of National Operations Director for Park Leisure, responsible for the running of all of our Parks. In his spare time James is a keen cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.

Previous Experience

Primrose Valley – Haven, Hopton Holiday Village, Finlake Holiday park, Paignton Holiday Park, Byslades, Dartmoor View, Parkdean Resorts .

James Gourlay

Neil Davies

About Neil

Neil is Park Leisure’s Holiday Sales Director, and has the experience to show it! With his earliest memories being on a beach in Greece, a Californian road trip and a family break to Cornwall - Neil definitely has a passion for travel and a little wanderlust. With vast experience across the holiday market, the start was not particularly glamorous - cleaning toilet blocks for a EuroSites Park in France before moving on to work for some of the biggest travel brands.

Previous Experience

EuroSites Holidays, Airtours, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Haven (incl. Devon Cliffs, Perran Sands, Greenacres, Haggerston Castle, Primrose Valley & Thorpe Park) & Butlins.

Neil Davies

Mick Newton

About Mick

With over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, not to mention numerous prestigious awards, Mick brings a wealth of experience to Park Leisure. Mick is our F&B director and responsible for all restaurants, bars and eateries for Park Leisure. Mick has managed F&B across Holiday Parks, Breweries, Restaurant and Hotel chains – so you can guarantee you’ll have some great food on site courtesy of Mick!

Previous Experience

Kew Green Hotels, Beefeater, Premier Inn, Youngs & Co Brewery, Chicago Rock café, Chef and Brewer, Bourne Leisure and Haven. 

Mick Newton
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