Former Royal Marines commando appointed Ladram Bay general manager

Former commando Steven Harper-Smith is now the general manager at Ladram Bay. Picture: Jon Boston

Former commando Steven Harper-Smith is now the general manager at Ladram Bay. Picture: Jon Boston - Credit: Archant

Steven Harper-Smith, who spent eight years in the Royal Marines, has been appointed the new general manager of Ladram Bay Holiday Park.

A former Royal Marine commando has swapped the armed forces for a career in leisure at Ladram Bay.

Steven Harper-Smith has been appointed general manager at the Otterton holiday park.

He will help oversee Ladram Bay’s operation and ensure the day-to-day running of its accommodation, leisure and entertainment facilities.

Steven, 48, takes up his new role in an area which holds happy memories of childhood holidays. Now he and his wife Marta and two children Edmund, 13, and Noah, 12, are calling the area home.


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He began his leisure parks career 17 years ago after serving for eight years as a commando in the Royal Marines.

Prior to joining Ladram Bay, Steven helped head-up one of the busiest operations in the West Country for a major holiday park group.

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A rugby and golfing enthusiast, Steven said he is much looking forward to working alongside directors Zoe House and Robin Carter whose family have owned Ladram Bay since the 1940s.

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