I grew up in rural Lincolnshire where my family has a long-standing connection with agriculture and rural organisations. I gained an honours degree in Education from Nottingham University and taught in Kent secondary schools for 16 years, working as a senior teacher at Wrotham School from 1981 to 1993.
I joined Kent County Council in 1993 where I worked for the next 15 years in a variety of roles. These included Head of Review for Highways, Policy Manager in Strategic Planning and finally as Head of Rural Regeneration between 2003 and 2008, leading a permanent Rural Team to help support Kent’s rural economy and communities.
During this time I gained an MA in Management and Organisational Development. I worked closely with the Leader, Chief Executive and Cabinet of Kent County Council, along with a range of county, national and international rural businesses and organisations.
I’m passionate about the rural agenda and the tremendous opportunities it provides for the future.
Stuart worked at the highest political and professional levels with myself and colleagues in Kent and Virginia to help set up and deliver a ground-breaking international rural partnership. His experience of managing complex professional relationships was invaluable.
Amanda Cottrell, OBE
Chairman, Visit Kent