New Station manager looks to expand work of trust

The Station.

The new manager of Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT) aims to expand the work of the trust across the district.

Chris Brown is the new general manager of The Station and the trust which owns the building.

Chris, 26, from Dishforth, was previously the executive director of The Old Deanery in Ripon where he was appointed general manager at just 21.

He said he was a regular visitor to The Station before joining the charity and is excited about taking the organisation forward.

He said the first challenge was to ensure the venue reopened smoothly after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and to support the building’s tenants through that process.

The Station Cafe Bar has been offering take-aways and reopened as a cafe on Tuesday, April 13 after a seating area was created at the back of the building.

Chris Brown, the new general manager at The Station.

Several of the businesses based at the venue have offered take-aways and continuing to trade during the lockdown, but the Station Cinema will have to wait until May 17 at the earliest before

Chris said The Station was thankfully on a secure financial footing, despite the impact of the pandemic, meaning the trust can look to expand its work further.

RBPT was formed in 2003 with the aim of finding a new use for the old Richmond Station.

After a major fund-raising campaign, £2.7m was spent to re-open The Station in November 2007 as a venue for film, food and art.

Chris said: “I’m really enjoying the challenge of helping run what is a unique venue.

“Thankfully, The Station is on a secure financial footing and there are no big changes needed as we support our tenants to reopen after the lockdown.

“I look forward to helping grow the trust’s presence in the area and would invite everyone to visit our website to find out the exciting plans for the future.”

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