Tourism Partnership Makes Two Appointments

New appointee, Amanda Pender

New appointee, Amanda Pender

The islands’ Tourism and Business Partnership has appointed its first employees.

A campaign in the autumn failed to recruit anyone for the £35,000 a year role, which was supported by £120,000 of Local Action Group, EU and  Defra funding.

In addition to tourism marketing experience, that post required the successful applicant to source funding for the partnership and for their own employment going forward.

The tourism body redrafted their job specification and split the post into two part-time coordinator roles. And the two appointees, both of whom are known to many islanders, will start work immediately.

Bryher resident Amanda Pender understands the Tourism Partnership’s objectives because she managed the Local Action Group throughout the partnership’s grant application process. She will continue in the LAG role but her workload there will reduce as the funding programme draws to a close at the end of this year.

Tourism Partnership chairman, Chris Gregory, has also worked closely with Amanda previously when he was LAG chairman.

The second appointment is Dave Meneer, the former chief executive of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay and launch marketing director of the Eden Project.

Redruth-born Dave is also founder director of the Truro-based marketing agency, Wolf Rock who recently won the Tourism Partnership marketing contract.

Dave has holidayed regularly in Scilly, on Tresco and with the Wakefield family on The Garrison.

Chris Gregory says that finding one person to fulfil all the duties was always going to be difficult and this tailor-made solution gives, “the best of both worlds.”


4 Responses to Tourism Partnership Makes Two Appointments

  1. Thomas January 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This appointed does seem a bit dodgy but I guess that with such a small population there are not many candidates up for the job, no way would it be acceptable where I live.

  2. Steve January 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What we really need is for someone to sort the website out SOON! For example, the pages promoting the Walk Scilly week (now less than 10 weeks away) still have details of the 2012 programme!

  3. al January 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Well intentioned but until Skybus sorts itself out (or some other link) it’ll be just like the new website and nice brochure – fancy teabags without any hot water. You don’t have to have spent years in the coaching business (as I have) to work out that you can’t operate unreliable and expensive coaches to a well marketed, ‘pricey’ destination and expect the punters to thank you and come back next year. You are lucky in having a significant captive market but for how much longer?

  4. Peter January 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    So, what do the Tourism Partnership do for their £35,000 and is it not a little incestuous having the person that granted the £120,000 then get a job that is a beneficiary of it ?