Center Parcs Woburn Forest appoints first general manager

Wayne Matton
Wayne Matton

THE new general manager for Center Parcs Woburn Forest has been appointed.

Wayne Matton will take charge of the facility, which is due to open in Spring 2014.

Over the next 18 months, Mr Matton will be involved in the planning for the operational elements of the project as well as assisting with the recruitment of the 1,500 staff who will work at the new village.

Once open, he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Woburn Forest - Center Parcs’ fifth UK village.

Mr Matton has worked at Center Parcs for the past 12 years having joined the company as general manager at Longleat Forest in 2000, before transferring to the same position at Elveden Forest in 2005.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and I am already busy preparing for the operational side of the project.

“With construction now underway, I’ll be working to ensure we have everything in place and the best team alongside me to deliver a truly memorable family short break experience to every guest when we open our doors to guests in 18 months time.”

Chief executive of Center Parcs UK, Martin Dalby, added: “Wayne understands what it takes to run a village and having been with us for over 10 years, he is absolutely the right person for the job.”

Woburn Forest will comprise 625 forest lodges, a 75 bedroom hotel and spa with six associated spa suites and two leisure buildings including indoor sports facilities, Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants and retail outlets.

It will also include outdoor sports and leisure facilities and a lake.

Despite its name the complex is actually based at Warren Wood near Flitwick in Bedfordshire.