Company Directors

Lyndon Bevan

Lyndon Bevan

MB’s/The Lacon Arms, Hemsby

I was born in Carmarthen and my first job was as a baker.
We came to Great Yarmouth in 1977 to set up a new business in Hemsby.
The best advice I've every been given is: "take more water with it" and "Work hard for profit not just work hard".

Gareth Brown - Chairman

Gareth Brown - Chairman

Haven Caister Holiday Park General Manager

Since 2012 I have been the General Manager at Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park which is part of the Haven family and owned by Bourne Leisure Ltd.
Although originally from London I have moved around within the tourism industry, but having lived in the area once before when the chance arose to move back and finally settle in Norfolk it was an easy decision to make.
My first taste of the service industry came as a waiter in a pub when I was 16 and I’ve loved every moment of the sector ever since.
I’ve had the privilege to have work in some stunning locations around the UK and for some great leaders, the best piece of advice I was ever given was ‘None of us, is as smart as all of us’

Barry Coleman - Vice Chairman

Barry Coleman - Vice Chairman

Councillor Great Yarmouth Borough Council

I am Deputy Leader of GYBC and Cabinet Member for Tourism & Business.
I was a war time baby (WW2 not the Crimean!) born in Diseworth, a small Leicestershire village adjacent to the present East Midlands Airport.
I have lived in Martham since 1973 where I worked as Head of Humanities at Flegg High School; I retired from teaching in 1998.
Best advice given to me is: "Do not fret about current situations everything goes around in circles".

James Gray

James Gray

Lost World Golf, Hemsby

I am the owner/manager of Lost World Golf in Hemsby. I was born in Chelmsford, Essex and came to Norfolk in 1979 - I had family already living here and operating amusement arcades, fairground rides and food outlets.
My first job was bingo caller/cashier at my uncles amusement arcade.
Best advice ,.....don't think I have had it yet.

Terri Harris

Terri Harris

Sea Life Centre, Great Yarmouth,

I am the General Manager of Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre.
I was born in Wales and first very first job was in Woolworths.
Best advice: "Make Everything FUN".

Kevin Huggins

Kevin Huggins

Fusion Hair Consultants, Gorleston

I am a co/director of Fusion Hair and Beauty Consultants Ltd and also on the board of the national executive Council of the National Hairdressers Federation.

I lived in Martham for the first 22 years of my Life until I married and moved to Burnt lane Gorleston. Growing up in Martham was Idyllic and I very rarely went out of the village!

I was a maintenance engineer for BT....Post office Telecommunication when I started in 1973...moved through Various Departments of BT and finished as payphone manager for BT when I retired after 35 years in 2008.
I am a sport fanatic, like my parents...love playing golf and I am an Ambassador at Norwich City Football Club
Best advice ever given:
...is an old Churchill quote...........If you’re going through Hell......Keep Going !!!!!!

Oliver Hurren

Oliver Hurren

Your Move, Gorleston

I am Chairman of the Gorleston Traders Association and Director of Your Move Oliver James Estate Agent.
I was born in Great Yarmouth's Northgate Hospital and my first job was working at McDonalds in Great Yarmouth.
My parents lived in Hemsby; my father was in the Oil Industry. My mother and grandma had a Guest House on Great Yarmouth seafront.
Best advice: "Never panic - Keep Smiling".

Michael Jeal

Michael Jeal

Councillor Great Yarmouth Borough Council

I am a Councillor on Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
I was born in Great Yarmouth but spent my early years in the north east. I came to see my step sister in 1971 and never left.
Best advice: "Never Trust Any Person"

Albert Jones

Albert Jones

The Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth

I am Managing Director of the Pleasure Beach.
I was born in Great Yarmouth - it was a good place to grow up. The beach was a must in the summer and many happy hours were spent there.
My first job was a seasonal job the age of12 - making up prize capsules for the Egg Machine and Gift Box Machines.
Best advice ever given: “Never take NO for an answer”.

David Marsh

David Marsh

Company Secretary

I was founder chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and I am honoured to be the first interim chairman of this exiting new BID Company.
I was bought up in Gorleston and worked on our family-owned Cherry Tree Holiday Park in Burgh Castle.
Best advice "Together Everyone Achieves More"

John Potter

John Potter

Potters Resort, Hopton

I am the managing director of Potters Resort in Hopton-on-sea, a five star holiday village employing a friendly team of over 550 staff catering for 1/4m full board bed nights per year with an emphasis on sports and entertainment led short breaks. I was proud to be elected twice Chairman of The National Association Of Holiday Centres and other tourism related interests include a foreign holiday tour operation, a cruise holiday travel agency and software businesses in Central Reservations and Ship Property Management servicing over 200 cruise ships Worldwide.

I was born in Norfolk and grew up living on site at Potters Resort playing, working and eating with our guests as a way of life. My first job was as a luggage boy for tips and first paid job was as a young boy emptying the bins on site in the mornings and bottling up the bars in the evenings. I served my leisure apprenticeships at Norwich Hotel School and worked Hotels in Italy, Selfridges and Park Lane Hotel London as well as Butlins Bognor Regis and Warner Holidays before eventually returning to my Norfolk roots and joining the family business in my late 20’s.

Toni Reeve

Toni Reeve

Seadell Chalets & Shops, Hemsby

I own Seadell Shops & Holiday Chalets Hemsby.
I was born in Kirby Bedon [South of Norwich] Norfolk.
My first job was with Royal Insurance Group Norwich.
I used to visit Gt Yarmouth/Gorleston [Floral Hall] often on weekend summer evenings. Later worked jn Great Yarmouth & surrounding area.
Best Advice: Only person in this world never to make a mistake. Who?. The person who never made a decision!!!!.

Jane Reynolds

Jane Reynolds

The Merivon, Great Yarmouth

I was born in Rugby Warwickshire.
My first Job was at the G E C in Rugby , working in the Directors dinning room as a waiter.
I have owned my Guest House in Great Yarmouth for the past 13 years.
I first came to Great Yarmouth to start my own business as a Guest House owner.
Best advice : "Go with your heart, if it feels right it must be right"

Ken Sims

Ken Sims

Honorary President

I am the owner of Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.
I was born in Burton on Trent and my first job was as a Laboratory Technician with the Medical Research Council.
I came to Great Yarmouth in 1976 to start Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.
Best advice: "Manners Maketh Man"

Amy Greenwood

Amy Greenwood

Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth

Marketing Manager at Vauxhall Holiday Park

Bert Collins

Bert Collins

Honorary President

A former councillor for local government who has spent many years supporting residents and causes to make the borough a better place to live and carry out business.

Demetris Mavroudis

Demetris Mavroudis

Councillor Great Yarmouth Borough Council

As well as being a local councillor with my family I own several businesses on Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth including HMS Hinchinbrook and the Gold Mine.

Steve Cozens

Steve Cozens

Cozens UK Ltd

Owner and director of Cozens UK who have been involved within business in Great Yarmouth for many years.

Margaret Farrow

Margaret Farrow

Farrow Properties

I was born a farmers daughter and moved to Gorleston 70 years ago. I qualified in catering and moved to Birmingham where I was head of a catering department within one year. I would have stayed in Birmingham but was called back to Gorleston to run one of the family businesses which was a 22 bedroom hotel. I then had businesses on Regent Road and always enjoyed the Regent Road seasonal atmosphere and was always trying to extend the season which I was successful at. My advice to anyone setting out in business would be 'listen to the last owner, give them what they want and not what you think they want, be pleasant and polite, enjoy your work, treat your staff well and be proud of what they do' Today's market is different but still only a challenge - so enjoy it!!!

Charles Reynolds

Charles Reynolds

Reynolds Coaches

I am the Managing Director of Reynolds Coaches of Caister. One of the Borough’s longest established companies, also Norfolk’s Oldest established Coach Operators.
I have also been a Borough Councillor for 35 years as the Member for Ormesby. In that time I have held many major posts in The Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
I was also a founder member of The Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and a former Chairman.
Best piece of advice given to me by my Father - 'do not saddle yourself, or your business with borrowings and debt.'

Gregg Haddon

Gregg Haddon

The Winchester Guest House

"I was born in Leicestershire and worked in the hosiery industry and then engineering as an accountant and production control manager. Me and my wife, Sam bought The Winchester in 2004 and moved to Great Yarmouth with our two sons Gary and Tom. We all love the area and consider it to be home."
Best bit of advice "treat others as you would like to be treated"

Ben Jay

Ben Jay

Jays UK

I am the general manager for Jays UK Ltd in Great Yarmouth. Running both the Hippodrome Circus and Hollywood golf, and also own Marina Bay Café on Gorleston Seafront.
I have spent my life promoting and delivering very successful events, venues and attractions throughout the area, whilst understanding the difficult demographic and financial hurdles the area presents.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Sara's Tearoom

I was born in the Northgate Hospital and have lived in the Great Yarmouth area for most of my life. My first job was sweeping up and clearing tables at the Pleasure Beach. Later in my teens I had the pleasure of being the 'Brake Man' of the Wooden Roller Coaster for the summer season. After completing a degree in Marketing at Derby University, I spent 10 years in the Motor Retail industry working as a Marketing Manager for a number of prestige brands. In 2011, Great Yarmouth was calling again and I took the decision to join my parents in running the busy family business, Sara's Tearooms. Best advice "Never regret what you did, only regret what you didn't do".

Aileen Mobbs

Aileen Mobbs

Honorary President

Owner of The Imperial Hotel and the Events Director for the Maritime Festival

Councillor Malcolm Bird

Councillor Malcolm Bird

UKIP Councillor

I am Malcolm Bird past tourist Chairman ,Mayor, and Hotel proprietor for Great Yarmouth, I am now a Bed and Breakfast proprietor and have worked in the Hospitality Industry for the last 50 years.

Andrew Norris

Andrew Norris

Barnard House

I moved to Great Yarmouth with my family when I was 3 years old.
I went to Norwich City College Hotel School and then worked in Cambridge and later at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
I returned home to join the family Hotel business.
For the last 20 years I have worked as a lecturer at Lowestoft College in the Hospitality Department.
During this time I have also owned and run Barnard House B&B in Great Yarmouth.

Martin Marsh

Martin Marsh

Sentinel Leisure

Being brought up in the Borough within the tourism industry, living in our great town my entire life and working hard from the ground up developing my, so far, 16 year career in the leisure industry on the seafront I have a deep rooted passion for the success and progression of the town and industries within it that brings life, enjoyment and an enormous economy year after year to residents, businesses and visitors alike. Therefore I think this puts me in a prime position to aid the future growth of Greater Yarmouth.