Amanda Cottrell OBE
Chairman of Visit Kent, Amanda Cottrell is a Kent Ambassador as well as a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral and the Godinton House Preservation Trust. She is Patron of Produced in Kent and the Caldecott Foundation, co-Patron of the Strode Park Foundation and of the Maidstone Museum, County President of the Girl Guides Association and of the East Kent Stroke Association, as well as the Director of a small bus company which serves the rural areas of Kent. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and a Freeman of the City of London. She is also Chairman of her local Parish Council, and County President of the Girl Guide movement.
In 2006–07 Amanda was High Sheriff of Kent, and she was a magistrate for 23 years. She holds an Honarary Fellowship of Canterbury Christchurch University and an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Kent.
Amanda was widowed in 1996, and has four children and ten grandchildren and lives in the village of Challock. She was invested with the OBE in 2011 in recognition of her services to Kent, and is a Director to the Board of VisitEngland, and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Terry Waite CBE
“I became involved with Strode Park soon after I joined the staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, long before I was captured in Beirut. I took it up largely because it was a Canterbury Charity and I had an association with the City but also because I felt that it was, and still is, a very worthwhile organisation. When I first visited the Foundation it was full of vulnerable people with severe disabilities and I thought then, if I can do anything to support them I will.
It’s very important that a charity like Strode Park is given every possible support because, although it is comparatively small, the work that it does is extremely significant. You are very fortunate if you find a place of the standard and quality of Strode Park. In fact, we need far more places like it.
If a member of my family was in the position that so many people who benefit from Strode Park find themselves, I would be enormously grateful for the work they do and I know those who do benefit from Strode Park are, indeed, enormously grateful.”
Terry Waite CBE