The owner of Westlakes Science Park near Whitehaven has appointed three new people to its front of house team.

BEC has hired Andrea Bragg, Rachael Doran and Hester Robson to join the facilities team.

Bill Graham, head of estates, said: “As we continue to sharpen our focus on providing excellent estates services at Westlakes, our new team members have been recruited to deepen our resource pool.

"With growing meeting room bookings and increasing occupancy levels, our team is rapidly evolving to match demand.”

Ms Bragg joins following a successful career as office manager at St James CE Junior School in Whitehaven.

Ms Doran is swapping the class room for the science park as she finishes her time teaching year four at Orgill Primary School in Egremont to join the team.

Ms Robson joins following time as the owner of a children’s toy, gift and home boutique in Ulverston.

Ms Bragg said: “I’ve been impressed by plans for developments in Whitehaven, and commitment to the environment and the wider community. I’m looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to make a positive contribution to the organisation.”

Ms Doran added: “As I was looking for a change of career after eight years teaching, I had to find exactly the right company for me. I’m playing a part in leaving lasting legacies in the community I have grown up in.

"It’s an exciting time for the company, there’s an infectious enthusiasm from every employee which is great to be a part of.”

Ms Robson, who has relocated to West Cumbria for the role, said: “It is really exciting to be part of a company that has so many fantastic projects emerging in the community.

"To see the passion and interest that my colleagues have for their jobs, and the drive they have for supporting positive change and improvements within the community, made joining the BEC family a really easy decision for me."