The former Chief Executive of Nottingham Castle is taking her former employer to a tribunal over claims of unfair dismissal.
Sara Blair-Manning acted as Chief Executive of the castle from 2019 until August this year, overseeing its reopening after a £30m regeneration project.
Ms Blair-Manning had vowed to make the castle the most-visited tourist attraction outside of London before she departed her role.
It has now been revealed the former CEO is taking the Nottingham Castle Trust to an employment tribunal, arguing she was unfairly dissmissed from her job by the Nottingham Castle Trustee Board.
In a statement, Sara Blair-Manning said: “Throughout my career, I have consistently championed a work environment that promotes the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and mutual respect.
“It is right to expect the same for both myself and all those associated with Nottingham Castle.
“In the meantime, I wish to thank my legal team, family, friends, work colleagues and various community leaders and partners across Nottingham for their ongoing support at this stressful time.”
The Nottingham Castle Trust board says it strongly denies all allegations made against it by Blair-Manning and says it is committed to defending against the claim “vigorously”.
Ms Blair-Manning and the Nottingham Castle Board attended an Employment Tribunal Interim Relief hearing on August 31, ahead of a full tribunal at a later date.
The judgement of that hearing has not yet been made public, meaning its details can not yet be disclosed.
A spokesperson on behalf of the Nottingham Castle Trust board said: “I can confirm that 29 September 2021 saw a decision on the Employment Tribunal Interim Relief application involving Nottingham Castle Trust. Judge Rachel Broughton dismissed the application; a decision that has been welcomed by the Trust.
“The Trust strongly denies all allegations.
“No further comment is possible at this time due to the ongoing Employment Tribunal claim which the Trust believes to be without merit and is committed to defending vigorously.”
Ms Blair-Manning said of the interim relief hearing in her statement: “A successful outcome is rare. Nevertheless, the decision by the court to dismiss my application is disappointing.
“This outcome does not mean that my substantive claim for unfair dismissal will fail.”