New manager’s hopes for Sacrewell’s future

Debbie Queen, the new manager at Sacrewell EMN-150109-111222001
Debbie Queen, the new manager at Sacrewell EMN-150109-111222001
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The new general manager of a charitable trust is using her international visitor experience knowledge to push the centre into a new era.

Debbie Queen, who hails from the USA but has lived and worked in Scotland and Wales for more than a decade, has big plans for Sacrewell near Wansford.

Having worked at the National Trust for the last 11 years, Debbie says she is looking forward to bringing her ideas to the post.

“Sacrewell is a good match for my skills, experience and passion,” she added.

“There are huge development opportunities here. It’s a very exciting time to join the team.”

Last year Sacrewell, which is owned by the William Scott Abbott Trust, rebranded to expand its appeal to the wider community, and in July reopened its fully restored 18th century Grade II* working watermill through a £1.8m project part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

But, these developments are just the tip of the iceberg, and Debbie has already started the ball rolling for further development of the site and the team of staff and volunteers who run the centre.

She said: “I want to bring out the very best of the team, because they are the biggest asset here. I want to utilise their knowledge and passions for the charity.

“William Scott Abbott was very clear about why he wanted to set up the trust and I want us to carry on that mission.

“Sacrewell has so much to offer our community, and tourists from further afield.”

And Debbie’s past experience holds her in good stead to achieve her ambitions. Her most recent post was as the general manager at Erddig Hall near Wrexham where she fronted the Erddig Glow, a Christmas illuminations event.

She said: “I wouldn’t have made the move from my beloved Wales if there wasn’t great potential at Sacrewell. It was a big decision and one we are very happy to have made.”

Debbie has moved to the nearby village of Wansford with her husband Brian, a nature conservation consultant, and is planning on spending her spare time exploring the area, as well as walking and sailing.