Eco tourism entrepreneur takes over as Crowborough Community Centre’s new Manager

Crowborough Community Centre (CCC) has a new manager – its first change of leadership since the
£3.2 million facility at Pine Grove opened in 2012.

Photo Lorna Dowson-Collins, new Manager at Crowborough Community Centre

Lorna Dowson-Collins takes over from Lin Lucas who left at the end of 2015 year to pursue new interests.  Lin skilfully guided the new centre from its start-up position of zero bookings and no income to the point, today, where some 260 events take place each month in the hall, the three meeting rooms or the specialist dance studio.

Lorna recently returned to the UK after spending the last 12 years in Borneo.  She is looking forward to raising the profile of the CCC and introducing it to new users.

It is a vibrant and busy venue offering conference, meeting, arts and wellbeing facilities.  I would like to build upon the solid foundations laid down by Lin.  There are exciting developments in the pipeline that will enable us to expand to meet the growing requirements of our users.

Lorna previously worked in organisational development, facilitating and training companies and their teams to perform before returning to Indonesia in 2003 where she had spent her childhood.  She moved to Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo, and worked in community and multi-stakeholder engagement in the aid and development field.  In Kalimantan she co-founded WOW Borneo a multi-award winning eco tourism business which pioneered business as a vehicle for providing sustainable livelihoods for the local community, conserving the environment and supporting the survival of the orangutan in Borneo.  The WOW Borneo business plan was a winner from 1600 participants worldwide in the Dutch-government-funded Business in Development competition.

She intends to bring her business and customer focused experience to the rapidly developing Crowborough Centre.

Chantal Wilson, chairman of Crowborough Community Association, thanked Lin for her skill, dedication and leadership in the task of making the Community Centre profitable.

Lin gave the Centre the best possible start and we will always be grateful to her. Now we welcome Lorna to the fold and look
forward to the Centre benefiting from her vision and leadership.

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