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Leading Notts camping and activity centre appoints new CEO

Internationally acclaimed north Nottinghamshire outdoor activity centre, Walesby Forest, has appointment a new chief executive.

Guy Laurie joins from Yorkshire Sculpture Park where he was operations director and responsible for the £3.6 million development of the second visitor centre. Before this he worked at the Community of the Resurrection and the National Trust.

Guy said:

“I am delighted to take up the position of CEO at Walesby Forest as the centre has a fantastic reputation and legacy for high quality adventure activities.

“For the last thirteen years I’ve been working in very outdoor-focused roles and I feel that Walesby is the ideal opportunity for everything I’ve learnt so far to come together. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the people involved, from staff and trustees to people using the site, and seeing how we can expand the operation.”

Walesby Forest, a not-for-profit international outdoor education activity centre located on the outskirts of Newark and situated within 250 acres of natural forest, offers a wide range of educational and adventure activity programmes for schools, groups, scouts & guides and summer camps.

The centre recently celebrated its 80th birthday after originally opening as a Scout centre in 1938. It marked the occasion with the opening of its second purpose-built residential lodge.

Guy added:

“Scouts are at the core of Walesby Forest and we would never move away from that but part of my new role will be to expand on other key areas. I’d also really like to see the outdoors opened up to locals so they can come and use the facilities for recreational purposes so that Walesby is really centred in the community.”

Alistair Bow, managing director at local firm Thomas Bow City Asphalt, has been chairman at Walesby Forest since 1999. He said: “We are delighted to appoint Guy to CEO as he brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“Walesby is an amazing facility which welcomes thousands of youngsters from across the country all year round and it’s something that I am very pleased to have been involved in for the last 19 years. The centre has been going from strength to strength and I think Guy’s new perspective and experience will really give it a boost.”

Guy will replace the current CEO Ian Sinclair, who will retire after ten years of service.

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