Eight Locals Stand For Islands’ Partnership Board Positions

islands partnership logoThe Chairman of the Islands’ Partnership says they’ve had a good response to their call for four new board members.

Chris Gregory says eight people have put themselves forward for the positions on Scilly’s tourism body, following the close of nominations last Wednesday.

That means there will be an election held on 22nd October to select the new directors.

Ted Moulson, who runs the Garrison campsite, says he’s standing because he wants to bring new ideas and energy to the organisation.

He says he has lots of experience in marketing and innovation from previous businesses on the mainland and hopes he can make a difference

Local farmer and businessman, Jon May, says Scilly is facing many challenges. He’s still investing in the islands and hopes that he can bring his experiences to the table.

Jon says creating opportunities for the next generation is something that’s close to his heart, with his own family seeking to have a life on Scilly.

Wildlife Trust manager, Sarah Mason says she would highlight the value that the natural environment brings to the tourism industry.

She wants to take a pragmatic approach and would help to develop all aspects of ecological and nature-based tourism.

And owner of the Star Castle hotel, Robert Francis, says he’s totally committed to the future wellbeing of Scilly and wants to see service, quality and value.

He cites his credentials including winning ‘Best Marketed UK Business’ in the Institute of Marketing awards.

St Mary’s Bike Shop owner Mark Prebble believes it’s important that the diversity of Scilly’s businesses are represented in the Partnership. He hopes they can continue rebuilding the Scilly brand in this competitive marketplace.

And the former manager of St Martin’s Hotel, Keith Bradford, says there is no easy solution to the downturn in the economy generally, and more specifically in Scilly.

He feels we can reverse the trend by being open and honest with statistical information and working together to improve what we have to offer to visitors.

They compare the islands with other destinations on quality, value for money and ease of access, says Keith.

Zoe Julian, owner of Churchtown Flower Farm on St Martin’s, says she can bring a pragmatic voice, combined with significant marketing experience to the Partnership.

And she feels she has a sound understanding of how the different elements that make up the wider tourism experience on Scilly can work together.

Euan Rodger, owner of St Mary’s business, Tanglewood Kitchen, says he’s lived on the islands for the past 13 years and has first hand knowledge of all the major aspects affecting tourism across the islands

He says if he’s elected he would ensure that, not only are the islands well marketed, but that the destination is well managed, ensuring a quality experience at all levels of the offering and that we are competitive and provide the visitor great value for their investment in us.

There’ll be a ballot of members at the AGM of the Partnership at the Church Hall, Church Street, on the 22nd October commencing at 9.30am.

Details are being sent out to members shortly.