Simon Palethorpe to join Haven as managing director

Simon Palethorpe will move from Carnival UK to become the managing director of UK holiday parks operator Haven.

He will report to Paul Flaum, group chief executive of Bourne Leisure, which also includes Butlin’s and Warner Leisure Hotels.

The president of Carnival UK, Palethorpe has more than 20 years of experience in leisure and consumer industries, and will be leaving the cruise line at the end of November after six years.

He said: “Haven is one of Britain’s most popular family holiday and holiday home ownership brands. I’m looking forward to working with the experienced and dedicated team at Haven as we invest in the business to further improve the guest experience and welcome more satisfied holidaymakers and owners as we grow the business.”

Flaum added: “With his experience in leisure and consumer industries accompanied by his proven leadership credentials, Simon has the perfect combination of skills to drive Haven forward as we, alongside our owners at Blackstone, look to invest to realise the full potential of the business and ensure that our guests have the best possible experience.”

Palethorpe will take up his new position on December 1 and replaces Jane Bentall who stepped down from her role as managing director in February 2021.

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