We are pleased to let you know that the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced the appointment of Nigel Wilkinson MBE as a new VisitEngland Advisory Board Member for a term of five years, from 11 August 2022 until 10 August 2027.
We look forward to welcoming Nigel’s excellent set of skills and valuable experience in senior management and non-executive roles from across the tourism industry. This includes running a Destination Management Organisation and playing an active role in the Tourism Industry Council, a collaboration between Government and the tourism industry focusing on improving the tourism sector including jobs, transport and deregulation.
Nigel has been Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises Limited, Cumbria’s largest visitor attraction, since 2004. He is also Managing Director of Winander Leisure Limited, a director of
Winander Group Holdings Limited, Lakeland Motor Museum Limited and Rushbond plc, a Yorkshire-based property company.
From 2007 to 2017 he was a director of Cumbria Tourism (CT), the county’s Destination Management Organisation, and was chair of the committee responsible for managing CT’s finances. Nigel joined the Board of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) in 2017 and chairs both CLEP’s Visitor Economy Sector Panel and its Finance, Audit and Resources Committee. Nigel also represents CLEP on the Lake District National Park Partnership.
Nigel was appointed as a Trustee/Director of South Cumbria Rivers Trust in 2021, a charity/Trust with the principal objective to monitor, conserve and protect and, when necessary, rehabilitate and improve the biodiversity of lakes, rivers and streams South Cumbria and adjacent coastal waters for the public’s benefit.
This year Nigel was recognised with the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to tourism and the economy in Cumbria in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List.