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Haven appoints Simon Palethorpe as new Managing Director

New Managing Director appointed for Haven. 

Haven, one of Britain’s leading family holiday and holiday home ownership companies, has appointed Simon Palethorpe as its new Managing Director.

Simon has over two decades of experience in leisure and consumer industries and will report to Paul Flaum, Group CEO of Bourne Leisure.  He joins Haven from Carnival UK, the cruise ship operator, where he is the President.   Simon will strengthen Haven’s senior management team as they continue to seek opportunities for growth, investment and development.

Simon Palethorpe, incoming Managing Director of Haven, said:

“Haven is one of Britain’s most popular family holiday and holiday home ownership brands.  I’m looking forward to working with the experienced and dedicated team at Haven as we invest in the business to further improve the guest experience and welcome more satisfied holiday makers and owners as we grow the business.”

Paul Flaum, Group CEO of Bourne Leisure, said:

“With his experience in leisure and consumer industries accompanied by his proven leadership credentials, Simon has the perfect combination of skills to drive Haven forward as we, alongside our owners at Blackstone, look to invest to realise the full potential of the business and ensure that our guests have the best possible experience.  I’m delighted to welcome him to the company.”

Simon will take up his new position on 1 December.  He replaces Jane Bentall who stepped down from her role as Managing Director in February this year.

Haven is a part of Bourne Leisure, the leading UK hospitality and leisure provider which also owns Butlin’s and Warner Leisure Hotels. The Group is majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone.

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About Simon Palethorpe

President, Carnival UK (P&O Cruises & Cunard), July 2020 - present

President, Cunard, April 2016 – present

Non Executive Director, SEDCO Holding, March 2018 – present

Founder and Partner, Navigator Commerce, September 2012 – present

Non Executive Chairman, Love Me Beauty, March 2015 – April 2018


About Haven

As one of Britain’s leading family holiday companies Haven own and operate 40 award-winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales. They offer a full programme of activities and entertainment alongside being located next to some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches and brightest resorts making them a great base for exploring the local area.

About Bourne Leisure

Bourne Leisure is a leader in the UK domestic holiday market, employing over 16,000 team members, hosting 25,000 holiday-home owners, and attracting 4.5 million guests to 56 sites across the UK every year. It operates through its three brands, Haven, Butlin’s and Warner Leisure Hotels. Haven is the largest UK caravan operator with 38 holiday parks and 2.5 million visitors a year.