Director of Golf, Karl Hepple, will be leaving Stoke by Nayland in the spring to take up a new position.
Karl has been at Stoke for five years, overseeing the Golf Team in a turbulent period which has seen much upheaval in the wider golf industry and in society in general.
During his time with Stoke, Karl has piloted the golf club through the Covid pandemic and successfully managed the transition from the Golf and Leisure ownership through to the current structure, setting up a Management Board to run the Club.
Matt Manning, Managing Director of the Stoke by Nayland Resort, said: “We would like to put on record our sincere thanks for Karl’s commitment to Stoke during his time here. Over his five years we have seen many changes, and Karl has managed the golf business through some difficult times. We wish him every success in the future”.
Matt said that, in the short term, he will personally take over management of the Golf Team
Karl is leaving to take up the post of Chief Executive of the Norman Garon Trust in Southend. In addition to its 27 hole golf complex at Garon Park, the Trust also offers a number of other sports opportunities for the local community.
He said: “It’s been a great five years here for me at Stoke, but the time is right for me to take the next step in my career.
“Five years ago, if you had asked me to paint a picture of what my time here would be like, I could certainly not have predicted a global pandemic, a committee restructure and an ownership change. But looking back, I’m grateful for the experiences these events have given me, and that I have negotiated with a great team at my side.
“Stoke by Nayland is a great place to work and I’d like to thank everyone who has made the last five years such a great experience for me”.