Nick Laister has announced that he is to step down as chair of the Dreamland Trust, the charity that was responsible for saving Margate’s famous Dreamland Amusement Park from re-development and preserving its rich heritage.
Nick, who co-founded the organisation and was its first chair, says: “The Dreamland Trust launched the idea of reopening Dreamland as an amusement park of historic rides in 2007, and worked with its partners, Thanet District Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, to secure the necessary funding and deliver this unique project.
“With the opening of Dreamland in 2015 the Trust is now entering a new phase, where we will look to maximise the community, education and heritage benefits resulting from the project, as well as contributing to the development of other parts of the site, such as the Dreamland Cinema. This seemed to me to be an appropriate point for me to step down to allow a new chair to drive the organisation forward. It will also allow me to concentrate on other commitments.”
“I will remain as chair until a replacement is found, and I will be continuing as a director of the Dreamland Trust. I remain passionate about the Dreamland project, proud of what we have achieved, and firmly believe that the Trust has a significant role to play in the future of Dreamland.”
The Trust is now actively seeking a new chair. This non-executive voluntary role offers an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to shape the direction of the Trust, expand its membership, and make a real contribution to the regeneration of Margate.
Nick set up the Save Dreamland Campaign in January 2003, after successfully securing the listing of the Scenic Railway roller coaster the previous year. He set up the Dreamland Trust in 2007 and became its first voluntary chair, leading the Trust through its fund-raising and park development phase, through to the opening of Dreamland in June 2015. Nick is a chartered town planner and director at one of the UK’s largest planning consultancies, where he specialises in the development of visitor attractions, acting for numerous operators of theme parks, zoos and other attractions. He also owns Oxfordshire visitor attraction Fairytale Farm, the UK’s first farm park to be designed around the needs of children with disabilities.
More details on this opportunity can be found here.