Former Haven managing director Mark Harper has joined Parkdean Resorts as chief operating officer.

He spent 16 years at Haven parent Bourne Leisure including roles as operations director and head of retail operations.

Harper, who started in July, will support Parkdean Resorts chief executive John Waterworth in the newly-created role at the Newcastle-based company and will be responsible for the operations team across the business, focusing on the customer experience and in particular the retail, food and bars.

He said: “I am delighted to join Parkdean Resorts at this exciting time, and am enjoying meeting the operations teams across the business. There is nothing better than a business which provides opportunities for owners and holidaymakers to enjoy a hassle-free holiday experience, and my role is to ensure we retain, recruit and lead fantastic people to deliver amazing holiday memories for our customers.”

Parkdean Resorts employs more than 7,000 people across 73 parks in the UK.