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Judging Panel 2015

Picture of Cllr Howard DoeCllr Howard Doe

Deputy Leader and Community and Housing Services Portfolio Holder - Medway Council

Howard has lived in Medway for most of his life and is a former Admin Director of London’s largest charitable housing trust.

As well as being Deputy Leader of Medway Council, Howard is currently Cabinet portfolio holder for Housing and Community Services which includes lead responsibility for:

  • Adult learning; Heritage; Events & festivals; Parks and green spaces; Libraries; Sport and Sports Centres; Theatres and Arts; Housing Strategy

This keeps him closely in touch with many of the key issues facing the local community and he has a particular interest in developing the area’s cultural life and arts.

Howard is a Chartered Secretary and has also been a Director of several housing associations.  He has also run two large scale Millennium Award schemes and played a key role in developing the North London Hospice.

He is currently responsible for the refurbishment of Eastgate House which will provide an unique cultural venue for the arts and is also in charge of Medway’s events programme, which is the most highly developed in the South East.  He believes strongly in Medway’s future as a leading tourism destination and is working hard to build its profile. 


Mark Little Mark Little Medway Cultural Partnership

Executive Dean, Faculty of Fashion, Architecture & Design - University for the Creative Arts.

Before joining UCA Mark was Head of the Ealing School of Art, Design and Media, University of West London, and inaugurated the Department of Media at Northumbria University, where he established the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolios and developed the Department's technical resources and infrastructure.

Mark has wide-ranging research interests across theory and practice in the arts and humanities, and is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Visual Culture and parallax. He is a Governor of Strood Academy, a member of the FUSE festival advisory board and is Chair of the Medway Cultural Partnership.


Simon CookSimon Cook Mid Kent College

Principal  - MidKent College

Simon began his career at 16 when he left school to become an apprentice chef. He then embarked on a phenomenal career in hospitality and catering, taking him to work at prestigious 5 star London hotels, then on to Germany where he worked in some of the very best restaurants in the country, before moving on to open a restaurant with four colleagues which soon gained a Michelin star.

He then moved to South Africa where he met his wife, and then returned to England with to start his second career in teaching.

Simon quickly progressed working within further education colleges and joined MidKent College in 2013 as Vice Principal, before being appointed Principal in June 2015.

Simon is passionate about the impact further education has on shaping careers and opening opportunities for all ages, something he believes is no more important than in Medway during its current transformation economically.


Peter Colling Tourism South EastPeter Colling 

Tourism Services Director - Tourism South East

After toying for a short time with career in Town Planning after graduation, Peter jumped at the chance to work in the tourism sector and hasn’t looked back. 

Over the past 30 years, Peter has had various tourism advisory roles in regional tourist boards pioneering the introduction of new support services for the industry including the nationally renowned Welcome to Excellence Customer Service programme. 

At Tourism South East he led interventions in the fields of research, regeneration, sustainability, accessibility, visitor services and policy development, helping to establish the organisation’s national reputation in these fields.  He took the reins as Managing Director in January 2012 steering TSE through a successful transition to a membership organisation and provider of specialist expertise and services. Peter is now a tourism consultant and is still retained on a part time basis by TSE. He is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Tourism Management Institute and a fellow of the Tourism Society.