Visit Kent CEO to step down in 2018

Published on 22nd March 2018

After 13 successful years as CEO of Visit Kent and, more recently, Visit Herts and Go To Places, Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE has decided that the time is now right for her to step down from her position, so she can focus on a number of new and exciting personal goals.

Sandra said: “My 13 years at Visit Kent, and latterly Visit Herts and Go To Places, have brought me into contact with some amazing people and places. I now feel this is the right time for me personally, and it is the right time for the development of the company for a new leader to take it to the next stage.

“It has been an honour to lead a team delivering a highly effective and entrepreneurial not-for-profit Destination Management Organisation in partnership with some wonderful organisations. I would like to thank all of them and my superb team for the support they have given me.  I have witnessed many changes in the sector and have also seen the vitally important social, economic and community impact of the visitor economy.  My career in tourism has spanned more than thirty years; I look forward to continuing to be involved in the sector because there is simply no other industry quite like it.”

Jonathan Neame, Chairman of Visit Kent, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra for her dedication to Visit Kent, building an organisation from very humble beginnings to the force that it is today.  We wish her well for the future and look forward to her continuing engagement in the visitor economy in Kent, Herts and nationally.”

He added: “The future of Visit Kent and GTP is looking very exciting with the recent award of the contracts with Kent County Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Herts LEP, as well as significant new work and campaigns secured from the Discover England Fund.  Sandra has agreed to work alongside me and the Board as we embark on securing her successor and she will support the transition to a new CEO and thereafter continuing to support the business in the hand over period.”

The search for Sandra’s successor will be led by the nominations committee of the Visit Kent Board, who will be supported by experienced recruitment consultants in the non-profit sector.