It’s not a job; it’s a passion

Balppa chief executive, Paul Kelly, tells Park World editor, Becci Knowles how a fateful work experience placement changed the course of his career forever…

Paul’s long and illustrious career in the industry all began by chance at Thorpe Park in 1986. “I was back there yesterday funnily enough to meet their new divisional director, Helen Bull, who I used to work with many years ago at the The London Eye.

“I was reminding her my first job as a student was at Thorpe Park, working on the rides.” Paul was doing a Business Studies degree in North Wales and, as part of the sandwich course, they sent a group of students down to work at Thorpe Park – and as fate would have it, he was one of them.

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