Stanwick Lakes announces new Director and Visitor Centre relaunch

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New Executive Director ‘absolutely delighted’ to take over leadership role.

Kate Chadwick has recently been appointed as Executive Director at Stanwick Lakes, a unique 750-acre countryside attraction and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. The role combines previous directorial and operational lead roles to create a more overarching, leadership position at Rockingham Forest Trust, the environmental charity which manages Stanwick Lakes.

Kate joins the charity from MK Gallery where she was previously Deputy Director. She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to take on the role at Stanwick Lakes. There is so much to look forward to and I’m very excited for what the future holds.”

One of the first tasks in her new position is to relaunch the site’s visitor centre, which has been closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. A central feature of the Stanwick Lakes site the visitor centre is used by over 300,000 people a year and will reopen at the beginning of April 2022. Kate will also be refreshing the organisation’s brand image and re-installing a key piece of the site’s play equipment damaged by fire in 2021.

“We have an intense few weeks to get everything up and running before the visitor centre relaunch in April, but the whole team here is pulling together. In the meantime, the site remains open as usual to the public including our extensive play areas, outdoor food kiosk and other facilities.” Kate added.

Stanwick Lakes’ visitor centre houses a 100-cover restaurant and gift shop, exhibition space, a heritage resource room and private hire facilities. Visitors can also enjoy numerous lakeside walks and trails and the site hosts a variety of high-quality cultural events throughout the year including heritage craft courses, outdoor cinema, frost fairs and family orientated Christmas activities.

Pictured Kate Chadwick [New RFT Director]