The Dreamland Trust

The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation awaiting charity status and a member of the Independent Museums Association.

The Trust originated the idea of reopening Dreamland as the world's first amusement park of historic rides. Working with the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Thanet District Council it secured £18m funding to restore Dreamland and its jewels: the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, Grade II*-listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages.

The Trust is responsible for the vision of a reimagined Dreamland, executed by the award-winning multi-disciplinary designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE and the HemingwayDesign team

The role of The Dreamland Trust is to conserve and promote Dreamland’s rich heritage, the Historic Rides Collection and Archive through a comprehensive programme of schools activities, learning, engagement, volunteering, training and interpretation opportunities.

Collectively, The Trust has expertise in the amusement park industry, heritage visitor attractions, tourism, learning, diversity, community engagement, journalism, media, architecture, law and finance.

Meet The People
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    • Nick Laister, Chairman
    • Nick founded the Save Dreamland Campaign in 2003 and was instrumental in securing listed building status for the Scenic Railway. He developed the idea of an amusement park of historic rides, and organised the rescue of numerous rides from amusement parks that were closing down in the pre-2008 property boom. He attended two public inquiries and secured the protection of Dreamland in the Local Plan. Nick is a Chartered Town Planner and Director at the UK's largest planning consultancy. He works extensively within the visitor attractions industry, advising several UK and international theme park operators on planning and development matters. Nick is also an author, founder of the website and owner of Fairytale Farm, a visitor attraction in Oxfordshire.
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    • Susan Marsh MBE, Honorary Secretary
    • Susan became actively involved in the Save Dreamland Campaign in 2003 and undertook the advocacy for the Local Plan Public Inquiry. Susan brings extensive knowledge and experience of community involvement in planning matters, equality and diversity, not for profit companies, charities and education.
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    • Andrew Cannon, Honorary Treasurer
    • Andrew is a partner and heads up the litigation team at Thanet and Canterbury law firm Boys and Maughan Solicitors, which has been based in Margate for more than 200 years. He has worked in Thanet for 21 years and has been associated with the Trust since 2009. He has been a Director of the Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce and still retains close ties with the Chamber. He is a member and past Chairman of Margate Round Table, through which he has been involved in fund raising and community activities locally.
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    • Andrew Baker, Director
    • Andrew is a director and founding partner of Spurling Cannon, a firm which has grown to become the largest accountancy firm in Thanet. He has played an active role in the local community with voluntary work and fund raising for local causes directly, through Margate Round Table, and more recently through the Spurling Cannon Community Fund, created solely to support causes within Kent.
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    • Malcolm Iley, Director
    • Malcolm is a lawyer and a former senior equity partner in a major city law firm, was earlier a senior corporate chief officer in local government, and now practises as a consultant legal adviser to both the public and private sector. He is a director of an urban regeneration company giving strategic advice on regeneration projects, and a director of one of the UK’s leading private education companies, and formerly a director and governor in higher and further education, aviation, marine and television sectors.
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    • Roger Joyce, Director
    • Qualified architect and principal of Roger Joyce Associates, Roger is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kent Building Preservation Trust, ICOMOS (UK) committee for Education and Training, is on the Board of Folkestone Town Centre Management and has been a Civic Trust Assessor since 2009.
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    • Emma Liddiard, Director
    • Emma is Chairman of the Kent Institute of Directors and Managing Director of Heart Radio in Kent, part of the UK’s premier radio company, Global, which also delivers Classic FM, LBC, Capital, XFM, Gold, Capital Xtra and Smooth. Heart works with Kent's major tourist attractions on and off air and, having decades of family from Kent, Emma is passionate see Dreamland reopened and to relive childhood holiday memories.