Restaurateur and proud Lancastrian Paul Heathcote is stepping down from his role as chairman of Marketing Lancashire after three years.
Marketing Lancashire was created in 2012 with investment from Lancashire County Council, replacing the former Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Boards.
Chef Paul was the company’s first chairman, and his first task was to appoint Ruth Connor as chief executive. During his tenure he has seen visitor numbers to Lancashire reach current levels of 63 million a year, an increase of three million visitors.
Membership of Marketing Lancashire has grown by 100 per cent and the annual Lancashire Tourism Awards have also flourished.
Ruth Connor said: “Paul has presided over one of the most important periods in the development of Marketing Lancashire and has helped deliver tremendous results while building the foundation for both the organisation and also brand ‘Lancashire’ to prosper.
“He has supported myself and the team with huge enthusiasm and brought with him his wealth of experience, his network of contacts and his understanding of the hospitality industry, for which we are genuinely grateful.”
Paul said: “It has been a privilege to chair the organisation and oversee the transformation in Marketing Lancashire.
“There have been a number of achievements during my term that I am extremely proud of and I believe I am leaving the organisation in a much stronger position than it was three years ago. I have always been a vocal supporter of Lancashire and I will continue to be an advocate for this wonderful county.”
Paul is concentrating on his business ventures and the search for a successor has begun.