A NEW manager has joined the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate.

Helen Barry has taken over the role following the retirement of Roddy Bushell, who held the post for 21 years.

Helen previously worked at Savills in Oxford where she worked with a range of Oxbridge Colleges, as well as privately held property companies.

She said: “I was attracted to Malton because, from a professional perspective, there are few opportunities to work on a commercial estate that has a significant land holding in a single location. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in to some interesting projects.

“Each time you turn on the news or read the newspaper, one is reminded of the challenges facing the British high street.

“Against this national backdrop, Malton is not just stemming the tide by retaining its retailers, it is also bucking the trend with new shops and businesses opening regularly.”

Helen added: “To be recognised in the Great British High Street Awards and by other industry enthusiasts such as Historic England, it is heartening to know that Malton is being acknowledged as a good news story.

“I believe in free trade and entrepreneurial spirit, and if an energetic and determined business person can make it on the British high street in today’s economic climate, then they get my support and I take my hat off to them.”

Helen said that she was enjoying getting to know Malton.

“I have enjoyed getting out and about, meeting local business owners and stakeholders, and hearing how much people care about Malton; how passionate they about the town they live and work in,” she said.

“I am very fortunate to be joining the Estate at a very exciting time. Roddy Bushell and the Estate team have been really successful in turning around the fortunes of the town and I see my role as building on that foundation to help the Estate continue its tradition of supporting Malton and helping the town to thrive.

“I am very keen to forge positive relationships with local residents, businesses and the district and county councils.

“I enjoy working in an environment where everyone has a can-do positive attitude, pulling together for what is right for the town.”