Popular park in Milton Keynes on the hunt for two new voluntary directors

    This is an exciting opportunity to play a part in shaping the future of this fantastic leisure attraction.

    Willen Lake is owned and managed by a subsidiary company of The Parks Trust called Whitecap Leisure. 

    The Parks Trust has invested over £7m at Willen lake over the past six years in order to improve the facilities and provide visitors with a great day out. 

    Alongside being governed by a board of Trustees’, Willen Lake is a wholly owned subsidiary with its own Board of voluntary directors. 

    Two long standing, non-executive directors are due to retire, and the Trust is looking for replacements. 

    Following the preparation of a master plan by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Landscape Architects LDA, the first major phase of improvement works began in 2017.  

    This included extensive ground remodelling, a new, surfaced car park offering an additional 300 spaces, and a brand-new Splash Park covering 1000m², making it one of the largest in the UK. 

    Alongside Splash ‘n’ Play, a new coffee and ice cream kiosk, with increased toilet facilities, and were also created.

    Based on customer feedback, phase two included the redevelopment of the peninsula on the western side of the lake to create a vibrant promenade along the waterfront and to improve public access to the water’s edge.

    This phase was completed in the summer of 2021 and now offers fantastic benefits for visitors including; a purpose- built centre for all watersports activities at the lake with modern changing rooms, showers and additional public toilets. 

    The new building also includes a new café, Benugo Bar & Kitchen which offers indoor and al fresco dining at both ground and first floor levels, overlooking the Lake to the east and south.

    The new play area at Willen Lake extends over an acre, offering the biggest free play area in the area.

    The new directors will help to shape and manage Milton Keynes’ number one leisure attraction. 

    There is also an opportunity to join The Parks Trust board as a voluntary trustee, The Trust are particularly looking for individuals with a background in finance as this role will support on their Audit Committee.

    The Parks Trust say that they would love to receive more applications from Disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups who are currently under-represented within the organisation. 

    If you would like a tour of Willen Lake or the offices or to pop in to meet some of the team whilst considering making an application, please get in touch.

    Anyone interested in applying for the positions at Willen Lake or the opportunity for the main board of The Parks Trust should contact The Trust’s Chief Executive, David Foster by email at d.foster@theparkstrust.com.

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