Sandra Matthews-Marsh leaves CEO roles

Sandra Matthews-Marsh has stepped down from her roles as chief executive of Visit Kent, Visit Herts and Go To Places to move on to “new and exciting personal goals”.

She 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.

“My career in tourism has spanned more than 30 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 (pictured with Matthews-Marsh), 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.

“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 handover period.”

• VisitEngland has welcomed two new board members to the VisitEngland Advisory Board – Allan Lambert and Fiona Pollard.

They have been appointed as trustees to the board for a term of four years, until March 6, 2022.

Lambert has gained wide-ranging experience in several senior leadership roles in holiday providers.

He is the managing director – property & portfolio for Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK, encompassing Cottages.com and Hoseasons.

Previous roles were at Blue Chip Holidays and Bourne Leisure Ltd, and he is also an ambassador for the charity Family Holiday Association.

Pollard runs her own events company and also sits on several boards.

After a career in the city, she ran the Hop Farm Country Park in Kent until 2006 and still has close connections with the county.