Have you ever wondered about what it is like to work at Park Leisure? Have you maybe wondered what we all get up to? We've sat down with Sean Radford, one of Park Leisure's Maintenance & Grounds Manager to find out about what he gets up to on a daily basis and why he loves working at Park Leisure.
When did you join Park Leisure?
Why did you choose Park Leisure?
I had just left college at the age of 18 and needed to find full time employment, luckily a friend of the family was working at Chantry at the time and managed to get me an interview. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with my future at that point but Park leisure seemed like a company moving in the right direction – as they have continued to do so for the years since I started.
What are your favourite things about working at Park Leisure?
The park itself is my favourite thing. The team are great, the owners are friendly and you would struggle to find a more stunning location to work every day.
I also like the role of maintenance manager, no 2 days are the same. There is a lot of variety in the work we do so things don’t get too repetitive and in turn – boring.
Another positive thing is that there is a huge support structure in place within the company. I have the confidence that if I am unsure about something in relation to my role then there is someone in the company who will have the answers I need.
Please describe your job: What do you do?
I have 2 team members who work alongside me, we are responsible for maintaining the grounds to the best of our ability, ensuring the park is a safe environment not only for working but for the owners on site and the general public. We also have to move and site the holiday homes that have been sold, this involves moving them with a tractor, levelling them as well as connecting them to the waste system and preparing them for a handover with the new owners.
Another side of the job is general repairs and handy-man work inside the holiday homes for existing owners, if they have a problem we try to resolve it for them. We also do very basic building/groundwork such as flagging.
Another part of my job is doing the national siting training, this involves going around the other sites and training new starters, doing annual refresher training as well as making sure all parks are compliant with the company’s moving and siting procedure.
What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?
You need to be able to turn your hand to a lot of different jobs, a bit of a jack of all trades. with this in mind you have to be able to adapt to the specific task you are asked to do – especially if you haven’t done it before. You need to be up to date on health and safety policy and procedures to ensure your colleagues and customers are in a safe environment.
The main thing in this job is being willing to learn new things, a lot of the jobs we do are fairly easy to pick up so with the right attitude you can learn the job without having a skilled background.
What do you love about your job?
The relationships you build with your colleagues and the owners on site, it is almost like its own little community in the dales. As I mentioned before a massive bonus is where the park is, to work in such a stunning location is a privilege and is one of the main reasons I came to work at Littondale.
What kind of goals do you have?
Eventually I would like to become a general manager for Park Leisure, I believe a lot of the skills I have in my role as maintenance manager are transferable to the job as a general manager. It would be great to do that job at Littondale where I have developed my career and built relationships with the team and the owners.
Do you have any advice for people who want to work in the industry?
Find a company who will encourage your own personal development and growth and try to find the right location for you. Once you have found these things don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are a lot of people who have been in this industry for a long time and one of them will have the answer!