Community enterprise seeks professional Station manager

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VOLUNTEERS behind a successful North Yorkshire community enterprise that has now leapt ahead of some of the region’s most popular attractions in terms of visitor numbers, are seeking a general manager to oversee day-to-day operations so they can focus on new restoration projects.

The Station, in Richmond, was set up five years ago as a successful social enterprise centred around food, film and art and now attracts more than 340,000 visitors a year putting it ahead of Lightwater Valley, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Harewood House.

Now trustees of the Richmondshire Buildings Preservation Trust – the voluntary body responsible for The Station – are seeking a full-time professional at a salary of up to £45,000 a year.

Chair of the Richmondshire Buildings Preservation Trust, James Gravenor, said: “These statistics suggest that The Station is more than holding its own as a diverse tourist offering and we must continue to fulfil this potential. “We have a full programme of art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as community workshops, two cinemas, a restaurant, heritage room, and in-house artisan food producers.

“All profits are reinvested in the building and we rely very heavily on the commitment of existing staff alongside the good will of dedicated volunteers.

“As trustees, we believe the post to be vital in securing both the building itself and the many social and commercial enterprises going on within it.”

Details of the application process have been posted online at www.thestation.co.uk.