Megan and Natasha MacLoughlin
Sisters Megan and Natasha have worked together at Elveden Forest for almost four years. The sisters are not only part of the same team, elder sister Megan is actually Natasha’s supervisor too! Megan tells us all about it…
“I started working at Elveden Forest in 2007, part time, as a Saturday girl and worked my way up to where I am now as Team Leader of Leisure Facilities. Around four years ago, ahead of Winter Wonderland, we were recruiting Elves for Santa’s Woodland Workshop and I suggested to Natasha that she should apply. Although Winter Wonderland is only for a seven-week period, I said that if she got on OK she might be able to move into my department throughout the year.
“Her stint as an elf was a success and she now works alongside me. Although I’m her Team Leader.”
Is there ever an issue of sibling rivalry I ask? “No not really,” says Megan. “Because I’m older than her I’ve always been the more superior one so we’re both used to that relationship. It’s actually really good working with my sister; we read each other well and we look out for each other. I would say it’s brought us closer as siblings.”
Janet and Julie Auty
Mother and daughter duo Janet and Julie work together in Whinfell Forest’s ParcMarket. But according to Janet, it’s not the first time…
“We used to work together at Morrison’s, so this isn’t new for us. I was the Checkout Manager and she worked on the shelves. I moved to Center Parcs nine years ago – nine years this week actually – and she joined me around four months afterwards.
“I don’t think it’s a question of wanting to work alongside me, but I’d told her about how much I loved working here and said: ‘why don’t you apply’? It’s never been an issue for us; she calls me Janet at work and never mum. We’re professional about it.
“We don’t get many guests that notice we’re related, but there are a few working families at Whinfell Forest and I think guests quite like it. They like that we work together because I think it makes Center Parcs even more of a family environment for guests.”
Ben and Sarah Morton
Childhood sweethearts Ben and Sarah both work at Sherwood Forest. Although they’re not in the same department, it still brings its benefits as Ben explains…
“I started working at Sherwood Forest in 2002 as a Leisure Assistant for the Jardin des Sports. I worked my way up in my career and, by 2010, I was Assistant Manager for Leisure. It’s still what I do now. My wife Sarah, who I met at school when we were just 15 and 14, joined Center Parcs after she had finished her degree in Primary Education. She started in 2007 as a Nursery Assistant for the Time Out Club [now known as Activity Den], before moving to the Outdoor Activity Centre as an Instructor.”
So what are the benefits of working as husband and wife? There must be many, I thought. “It’s great to work for the same company as you get to car share!”
“Aside from that, it’s great because we can share stories from our day at work and we understand each other’s job and department. On the flipside we do often find ourselves talking about work at home, which can get a bit repetitive, but at the same it means we have a lot in common as we both work outdoors and are in the same environment most days. It brings us together as a couple.”