Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Garden Boss Gets New Role after He Loses Job; Tyne and Tributaries Position

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Garden Boss Gets New Role after He Loses Job; Tyne and Tributaries Position

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Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

ABOSS at one of the region's biggest tourist attractions has landed a new role after being made redundant. David Ronn, the managing director of the Alnwick Garden, has secured a post heading up the Tyne Rivers Trust after his position was made redundant in a move which will see the Duchess of Northumberland spearhead the visitor site.

He last night insisted he had no ill feeling about his departure from the garden and said he was looking forward to his new challenge with the Corbridgebased charity.

Mr Ronn was regional director of the National Trust for a decade before moving to the garden.

For the last two years he had headed up the attraction, initially as operations manager alongside sales and marketing director David Hawke, following the departure of Christian Perdrier. Latterly, he had served as managing director of the garden, and Alnwick Castle.

Mr Ronn last month appeared at an employment tribunal at which he spelt out the huge financial problems which had beset the attraction, but said it was now back on an even keel.

The tribunal also heard that Mr Ronn was being made redundant in the near future to be replaced by the Duchess.

His last day at the attraction was on Saturday, but he has now secured the position of director at the Rivers Trust, where he will start in six weeks.

Last night, Mr Ronn said he was "fine" with his post at the garden being made redundant, insisting his appointment there had always been short term with it having moved into a new phase.

"It was great to be part of it for a couple of years," he said.

"It was always going to be a short-term contract, it was in quite a lot of difficulty.

"My job was to try to stabilise the business and breathe confidence into it and build it up for the future and make it sustainable for the future. …

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