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Betteshanger Sustainable Parks mines new talent

Hadlow Group has added to its team to take forward the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project in Deal with two key appointments.

Lorraine Cheesmur has joined as the General Manager for Betteshanger Country Park, and Sarah Brown is the new Museum and Heritage Manager for the project.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Director of Finance and Resources at Hadlow Group, which operates Hadlow College and Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, said: “The appointment of Lorraine and Sarah means we now have highly motivated and experienced people to drive forward this exciting and groundbreaking project.

“Together they will help deliver the Country Park with its new visitor centre due to open next year, as well as the Kent Mining Museum, which has secured Heritage Lottery Funding planned for 2017.”

They have joined Richard Morsley, Director, who took his post in September last year after being Deputy Director at Turner Contemporary, Margate, where he was responsible for finance, operations and estates, commercial activity and strategic planning.

During his time at Turner Contemporary, Richard was part of the team that helped create the leading art gallery in South East England outside of London, attracting more than 1.3 million visitors and generating more than £32 million for the local economy.

In her new role, Lorraine Cheesemur is responsible for all the day-to-day park operations, including staffing, systems and procedures, programme delivery, site and building operations. She will also ensure a smooth transition from the existing operation of Fowlmead Country Park, which welcomes more than 50,000 visitors a year.

Before joining the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project, Lorraine was the Visitor Experience Manager for the Southbank Centre in London and worked on major festivals and art exhibitions.

She previously worked with Lancashire Wildlife Trust to create a new Wetland Nature Reserve on a sand and gravel quarry with a highly energy efficient visitor centre.

To help celebrate the mining heritage of the area, Sarah Brown will be responsible for the development of the Heritage Lottery funded Kent Mining Museum.

Sarah joins the Betteshanger team after nearly three years as Project Manager at Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, Thanet. She was responsible for co-managing an Arts Council England funded project to redevelop one of the museum’s galleries into a space for interactive learning, play and research.

The Powell-Cotton project involved managing the refit, exhibition curation and public engagement to increase access and awareness of the museum and its collections. Before moving to Kent, Sarah spent five years at National Museums Scotland, where she specialised in collections care and management.

Pictured (l-r): Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Sarah Brown, Lorraine Cheesemur, Richard Morsley

Issued by Maxim PR on behalf of Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

Posted on 03/07/2015