Norfolk holiday park MD Paul Searle is new chairman of BH&HPA

Posted in topic Holiday industry news on 10th March 2017

The MD of a Norfolk holiday park has become the new chairman of the British Home and Holiday Park Assocation (BH&HPA).

Paul Searle, of Searles Leisure Resort, has taken the top job at the organisation, having served as deputy chairman for the past two years. He was also director of the East Algian branch of the BH&HPA.

His new role will see him liaise with hundreds of UK park businesses, dealing with a host of issues that affect the industry.

“Ours is an incredibly diverse industry, bringing together businesses of all types and sizes,” he told StayUK News.

“The sector includes many long-established family-owned enterprises, which form the majority of BH&HPA’s membership, as well as major holiday park groups with a national presence.

“What binds us together, however, is a common goal – and it’s that of constantly evolving, and refining the standard of the services and facilities we offer to customers.

“An important way to achieve this is by parks coming together to share their knowledge and experience, and the association is the perfect platform for facilitating this,” said Paul.

Searles Leisure Resort is one of Norfolk’s largest and most popular holiday centres and Mr Searle runs this in partnership with his brother Andrew and sister Joanna.

Founded in 1954 by Mr Searle’s grandfather, Geoffrey and it now provides more than 500 privately- owned and rented caravan holiday homes and lodges, as well as 300-plus touring pitches plus luxury timber camping pods.

Mr Searle follows his father, Richard, into the role at the BH&HPA. He served as national chairman from 1995 to 1997 and was appointed an MBE for his services to tourism in 2001, reported the Lynn News.