A NEW boss has been appointed at the company that owns Isle of Wight attractions Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill.
Vectis Ventures today (Monday) announced Rob Holgate had taken over from Alexander Dabell as managing director.
Mr Holgate, a Vectis Ventures employee for nine years and finance director for six, who also chairs the Isle of Wight Foodbank, will take on the day to day running of the business, while Mr Dabell will become chief executive of the group.
"It is a great honour to be appointed managing director of Vectis Ventures as the company is at the forefront of Isle of Wight tourism and responsible for creating so many great memories for those who visit the Island, its residents and all that work here," said Mr Holgate, previously a KPMG auditor whose clients included Merlin Entertainments, owner of Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers and Legoland.
Taking on a more strategic role with the newly created chief executive post, Mr Dabell, who returned to the Island and the family business in 2012, said he was passionate about working with industry partners to develop the Isle of Wight's tourism offer.
He will focus on the creative direction of both parks and lead on projects such as the building of treehouses and holiday lodges at Robin Hill.