The Dreamland Trust was set up to deliver a 21st-century tourist attraction at Dreamland, based around the listed Scenic Railway and Cinema building. Our proposals for the world’s first amusement park of historic rides, that will authentically recreate a thrilling seaside amusement park from the past, are now well advanced with the support of major stakeholders. These include Thanet District Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Kent County Council, English Heritage and others.
Nick Laister, Chairman
Nick founded the Save Dreamland Campaign and was instrumental in securing listed building status for the Scenic Railway. Nick is a Chartered Town Planner and Director at the UK’s largest planning consultancy. He works extensively within the visitor attractions industry, advising several UK and international theme park operators on planning and development matters. Nick is also an author, founder of the website joylandbooks.com and owner of Fairytale Farm, a visitor attraction in Oxfordshire.
Susan Marsh MBE, Honorary Secretary
Susan became actively involved in the Save Dreamland Campaign in 2003 and undertook the advocacy for the Local Plan Public Inquiry. Susan brings extensive knowledge and experience of community involvement in planning matters, equality and diversity, not for profit companies, charities and education.
Andrew Cannon, Treasurer
Andrew is a director and joint owner of Chartered Certified Accountants, Spurling Cannon. He has played an active role in the local community with voluntary work and fund raising for local causes.
Sarah Vickery, Director
Owner and operator of the Grade-I listed Shell Grotto, one of Margate’s most popular tourist attractions, Sarah joined the Save Dreamland Campaign at the beginning as Local Campaign Coordinator. A former journalist on national newspapers and magazines, she has a wealth of knowledge about the tourism industry on the Isle of Thanet, and is Chair of the Friends of Margate Caves and Vice Chair of the Margate Community Heritage Federation.
Neil Sparkes, Youth Cults Director
Musician, composer and producer Neil Sparkes was instrumental in developing the youth culture heritage strand for the Dreamland project.
Andrew Baker, Director
Andrew is a partner in Thanet law firm Boys and Maughan Solicitors which has been based in Margate for over 200 years. He has been a Director of the Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce and still retains close ties with the Chamber. He is a member and past Chairman of Margate Round Table through which he has been involved in fund raising and community activities locally.
Richard Gray, Director
Formerly an Inspector of Historic Buildings for English Heritage, Richard is the Chair of Casework for the Cinema Theatre Association and lectures on historic architecture specialising in the architectural history of theatres and cinemas. The second edition of Richard’s book, Cinemas in Britain, was published in 2011.
Roger Joyce, Director
Qualified architect and principal of Roger Joyce Associates, Roger is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kent Building Preservation Trust, ICOMOS (UK) committee for Education and Training, is on the Board of Folkestone Town Centre Management and has been a Civic Trust Assessor since 2009.