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BALPPA confirms new chief executive

Following the recent announcement of Colin Dawson’s planned retirement, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has confirmed that Martin Barratt (pictured) will replace him as chief executive next spring.

“We were anxious to ensure that we had sufficient time to find Colin’s replacement but we have been surprised at the almost immediate response from potential candidates of a very high standard,” remarks BALPPA chairman John Bollom. “Martin has a wealth of experience in our industry and will carry the mantle of chief executive with great authority and skill.”

Barratt, who boasts almost 40 years of attractions industry experience, will take up residence at the BALPPA office on May 1, 2010, allowing Dawson to complete a three-month handover period before quitting on July 31.

“The attractions industry is of great importance to the UK economy and it deserves recognition and support from our legislators,” comments the chief executive designate. “We have a number of important initiatives under way which I look forward to promoting on behalf of BALPPA members.”

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