Nick Varney

Nick_Varney HeadNick has worked in the visitor attractions industry for 22 years, and led the management buyout from Vardon plc in 1999 to form Merlin Entertainments.   In the 15 years since, under his leadership, the company has grown from a small UK based business with a handful of SEA LIFE and Dungeon attractions in the UK and Germany, to a multi-billion pound publicly quoted company with over 100 attractions as well as a growing number of hotels, operating in 23 countries and across four continents, and Europe’s No 1 and the world’s No 2 operator.

Commenting on his new role Nick Varney said: “I am delighted to take up the role of the Chair of the BHA at a time when it is so important that the industry voice is heard at a political level.   The BHA is to be congratulated on the excellent work done to date to build relationships and raise the profile of the key issues which affect all our businesses; and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, but particularly Alan and Ufi, for what has been achieved so far".

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