Paula Skelton, associate director of Pinelog, has retired from a 36-year career with the luxury timber lodge manufacturer.

During her time with Pinelog Ms Skelton has witnessed not only significant changes at Pinelog but also within the industry.

“The holiday market has driven up people’s expectations of a timber lodge,” she said. “They want a home-from-home so rightly expect more, and that’s something Pinelog has been able to adapt to because of the bespoke nature of our products. That’s what has kept the job so interesting over the years.”

Ms Skelton joined Pinelog in 1987, taking up the reins as a salesperson at the company, which was then based in Bakewell, Derbyshire, before it relocated to Chesterfield in 2023.

“Paula has dedicated her working life to Pinelog, and her excellent work can be seen on the many parks that we are fortunate enough to supply to,” said Nick Grayson, executive chairman of Pinelog. “She has been a most valued colleague, so her warm presence will be missed by our team that have had the pleasure to work alongside and learn from her over the years.”

Judy Barwell was appointed as sales account manager in April last year and has been working closely with Ms Skelton to ensure a seamless handover.