Corporate events space announces new CEO


Kevin Tomlinson, chief executive of Magna

A new chief executive has been unveiled at Magna to build on the venue’s success.

Kevin Tomlinson, was UK head of global outsourcing company Capgemini until retirement in 2008. He became a trustee for the charity Magna in 2014 and has now taken over as chief executive from John Silker who died last year.

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks, offers space for corporate events, as well as hosting its own. It is also an award-winning visitor attraction, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular educational visits.

Tomlinson said: “I have worked away from Rotherham, everywhere from the US to Australia, but I have always lived here. I’m nearly 65 now so this business opportunity is probably my last chance to give something back to my home town.

“This role is an exciting proposition, a real business challenge where the opportunities for improvement are enormous. We need to build on what has been done so far, grow the business revenues and invest even more to enable us to further improve the customer experience in the science centre and our educational services.

“We are already seeing more growth. Last year corporate events had a turnover of £900,000 and we are on track to reach well over a million this year. As a charity, any profits we make are reinvested into the attraction and the school visitor programme.

“I believe Magna should be at the heart of the Rotherham and South Yorkshire community and we want to connect more with people and inject a greater sense of pride in the facility and its services.”