Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Craig Dunkerely named General Manager at Weymouth Sea Life Park (UK)

There is a new pair of hands on the tiller at Weymouth Sea Life Park. Former Warwick Castle operations chief Craig Dunkerely has taken over as General Manager.

Aged 34, Craig qualified as a sports coach at Warwickshire College, but instead went to work at the Castle as food and beverage manager. He ended up spending 14 years there, but in 2009 moved to become operations director at Chessington World of Adventures. “I was fascinated by everything that went on at Chessington Zoo,” he said, “and when the Sea Life attraction arrived I realised that marine life was just as fascinating.”

Though only days into his new role, Craig is confident he made the right decision when he accepted the offer to take charge at the Sea Life Park. “I have a great team here and we have bold and exciting plans to develop the Park in the coming years, and I really love the area,” he said.

A sports enthusiast who represented Warwickshire Under 16s at cricket, Craig is currently enjoying exploring Weymouth and surrounding area by bicycle. Craig has settled into a new home on Green Hill, Weymouth.

Weymouth Sea Life Park is owned by Merlin Entertainments. 

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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