Honorary Doctorate for Kent Tourism Chief Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE

Visit Kent and Go to Places CEO Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her achievements in her 25 year career in the local and national tourism industry.

Sandra has been chief executive for Visit Kent for the last 12 years, and was previously a senior director at Leeds Castle. In 2012 she was inducted into the Top 100 Club for the most influential women in the tourism and hospitality industry, and in 2014 was invested with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her services to Tourism. She also serves as a Trustee of The Historic Dockyard, Chatham and as an Ambassador for The Family Holiday Association.

She said: “I am honoured to have received this award from Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). A wonderful university which has a strong tourism school and an excellent reputation for teaching.

“I am privileged not only to have made my career in such a dynamic, creative varied industry as tourism, but also to work alongside an incredibly supportive, talented and loyal team, which is why this award is for the whole team at Visit Kent and Visit Herts in recognition of the work we do together.

“What we achieve for our 60 million visitors a year is down to a lot of hard work, commitment, creative ideas, and passion from some inspiring individuals. My wonderful family also remains the backbone of all my achievements, and this honour is for them too.”

Sandra received her award at Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday 12th September, alongside award-winning documentary maker Kate Blewett and children’s TV star ‘Mister Maker’ Phil Gallagher.

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