Kate Pawlett has been appointed Centre Manager at World of James Herriot as part of the on going success of the attraction in Thirsk, which recently won the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Visitor Attraction of the Year Award, the best small visitor attraction at the Visit England ‘Excellence Awards’ and have also been shortlisted for the upcoming Visit York Tourism Awards.
Kate has been part of the team at the centre since 2001. The attraction originally opened in 1999 and Kate has been one of the longest-serving members of the attraction’s team retained when it was moved to become a private-sector operation in 2012.
Managing Director Ian Ashton says: “Kate is been a long-serving member of the team who I have come to rely on and trust for most of the day-to-day operational activities including managing our volunteers. Without doubt, Kate richly deserves the recognition and benefits her appointment will bring, whilst freeing up some of my time to concentrate on strategic matters, including the newly launched “James Herriot Foundation Trust”.
“Every day I meet many interesting people from all over the world, especially from the USA, who all seem to enjoy so much the interpretation and information about Alf Wight and his former home and surgery. It gives me a real buzz to be involved in running WoJH and to see how much people enjoy it.” added Kate.
Previously owned by the local council, WoJH has been run since 2012 by a team of Herriot enthusiasts with a vision to continually develop it and attract more visitors.