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Center Parcs Deputy General Manager steps up to lead Woburn Forest

Press release   •   Jan 05, 2016 14:51 GMT

Rebecca Wileman, previously Deputy General Manager for Woburn Forest, will be stepping up to take the role of General Manager from January 2016. After more than two years as General Manager for Center Parcs Woburn Forest, Wayne Matton has decided to retire from Center Parcs after 14 successful years with the business.

As the Deputy General Manager at Woburn Forest since 2013, Rebecca Wileman has been chosen as the new General Manager. As well as more than two years of experience at Woburn Forest, she also holds nine years of experience as a Leisure Manager at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest and held the role of Operations Manager for Nottingham City Council for 13 years prior to Center Parcs.

Rebecca Wileman, the new Center Parcs Woburn Forest General Manager, said about her appointment:

“I am really looking forward to the new and exciting challenges that being a General Manager will bring. I have been here since the beginning of construction so seeing the village develop further as time goes on is very special. Whilst the facilities we offer are of fantastic quality, it is the experience we offer that is so unique and valuable to people. The bright and committed attitude of the team keeps families coming for breaks and we are now at the stage where we have families coming again and again which is great. I feel honoured and proud to be the new General Manager. It’s an absolute privilege to be part of what is already an amazing Center Parcs success story!”

Wayne Matton was appointed as General Manager for Woburn Forest in 2012, before the village opened. With involvement in the planning for the operational elements of the project, he also assisted with the recruitment of 1,400 staff. In 2014, Wayne oversaw the final village preparations then the running of the village once open in June, with the support of Rebecca Wileman who was Deputy General Manager at the time.

Rebecca Wileman started as General Manager on the 1st January 2016 and will oversee the running of the village as well as new projects at Woburn Forest. Innovations at Woburn Forest include development of the Outdoor Activities programme, introduction of a new Indoor Climbing Adventure, further care and enhancement of the forest and more accommodation being added.

Notes to Editors

  • Center Parcs Woburn Forest is the fifth of the Center Parcs villages and has been open since June 2014. Within weeks of opening, the new village was almost completely full and has since been achieving occupancy rates in excess of 95%.
  • 95% of guests that have completed the Center Parcs Woburn Forest satisfaction questionnaire since June 2014 rated their overall break as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.
  • Woburn Forest employs 1,400 in a variety of roles including chefs, beauty therapists, grounds assistants, housekeepers and waiting staff and many more opportunities.
  • Center Parcs, as an Investor in People, offers career development opportunities as well as attractive, unique benefits such as day passes for family and friends and discounted breaks.
  • Previously a commercial woodland Woburn Forest has been monitored and protected by Center Parcs since 2012. Only 12% of tress were removed during construction to allow light into lower levels of the forest and a lake was introduced. In recent months, badgers, hedgehogs and an abundance of birds have been spotted and the forest is starting to thrive in the care of Center Parcs rangers.