The University of Kent has bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive Jo James OBE.
Jo was awarded a Doctor of Science by Chancellor Dr Gavin Esler at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral in front of an audience of undergraduates and postgraduates, and their families and guests.
The award was in recognition of Jo’s significant contribution to strengthening the local and regional economy, as well as her dedication to equipping young people for the world of work. It follows her 15 years as chief executive.
Jo said: “It was an honour to receive the award and great to see so many young people setting out on their careers.
“Some of the students will have come to Kent to continue their education, and others will already have lived here, but I would urge them all to look at what Kent has to offer as a fantastic county with lots of opportunities.
“We have a fantastically diverse business community, and with their knowledge and drive, they can help it become even greater.
“While it might have been me on stage, a big thank you must go to every member of the team at Kent Invicta and our patrons and partners, without whom we wouldn’t be able to support individual businesses and Kent’s economy.”
Jo was one of fifteen inspirational individuals chosen to receive an honorary degree, including the four members of the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot; former England cricket captain and commentator David Gower OBE; musician and educator Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE; and comedian Josie Long.