Chris Hart of Hooper and Wollen To Lead English Riviera Tourism Company, Devon
PUBLISHED: 18:49 06 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013
The English Riviera Tourism Company announced today that Chris Hart, Managing Partner of the local law firm Hooper & Wollen is to become their new Chair, taking over from Laurence Murrell who successfully piloted the new company through the early day
The English Riviera Tourism Company announced today that Chris Hart, Managing Partner of the local law firm Hooper & Wollen is to become their new Chair, taking over from Laurence Murrell who successfully piloted the new company through the early days.
Chris joined Hooper & Wollen in 1986, and is a specialist in contractual and licensing legal matters.He has worked extensively with the tourism and leisure sector throughout his professional career advising hotels, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, conference facilities and sporting venues.
Chris was born, educated and has spent his whole working life in the Bay. He attended Torquay Boys Grammar School and joined Hooper & Wollen in 1986, qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. As Managing Partner, Chris was successful in overseeing the growth of the business, increasing turnover and growing the number of employees of the firm.
Chris said, This is an exciting time for the English Riviera as we start to develop and implement the excellent Turning the Tide for Tourism in Torbay strategy. I am looking forward to working closely with our Promotional Partners, the ERTC Board, our excellent CEO, Carolyn Custerson plus importantly, the TDA, the Council and the new mayor. Clearly, its imperative that we present a united front to help the English Riviera to achieve its tourism potential and to grow the value of tourism for the local economy. Id like to pay tribute to Laurence Murrellfor his hard work and vision in getting the ERTC so well established in such a short time. The company is already making a positive difference and I am absolutely delighted to be taking on this new role.
Claire Jeavons, Vice Chair said, Chris was selected from a strong field of applicants and we are thrilled to have him join the ERTC board. Chris brings us not only the highest level of professionalism but he is a very popular local man, who knows and loves the English Riviera and we all looking forward to working with him.
Chris has undertaken many senior professional roles over the years including Chair of the Devon Community Legal Services Partnership, Member of South West Regional Legal Services Committee and President of the Devon & Exeter Law Society.
Over the years he has encouraged his Partners and solicitors to play a positive part within the community. He was a Member of the Development Committee of South Devon College for two years, is now a trustee of the Friends of South Devon College and has been a Non Executive Director of the RICC since 2002. This longstanding role has given him an invaluable insight into issues relating to business tourism and the local conference market.
Communication is a key feature of Chriss working life; he enjoys engaging with professional people and local organisations and has always believed that it is vitally important to act as an ambassador in promoting the interests of the Bay. He will now be putting all his skills to good use working with a range of partners on the quality of the tourism product, the service provided to visitors and the ERTCs dynamic programme of promotion with view to putting the English Riviera firmly back on the map as a highly attractive all year round tourist destination.