Alex keeps dockyard shipshape

Alexandra Martin in a meeting with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust CEO Bill Ferris during her day in charge at the visitor attraction

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A primary school pupil with a passion for numbers and a talent for writing enjoyed a day in charge of one of Kent’s leading visitor attractions.

Alexandra Martin, 10, made waves at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham after winning a Be the Boss creative writing challenge run by the KM Charity Team.

The Year 5 pupil at Ethelbert Road Primary School in Faversham wrote about walking to school with superhero Stormy the Shapeshifter.

Her day in charge of the dockyard included attending a staff briefing, helping with preparations for October half-term Enchanted Dockyard event, managing staff, and inspecting facilities and exhibits including retired Royal Navy destroyer HMS Cavalier and the venue’s beach.

She said: “I’ve been making sure everyone’s in check, making sure they’re doing what they should be doing, making sure they’re busy and they’re not being tired out.”

At the end of the day, Alexandra added that she really enjoyed the experience but it had not diminished her determination to become a tax accountant.

In line with that passion for ensuring that everything adds up properly, she took a firm but fair approach to her duties at the Dockyard, leaving a big impression on the staff she worked with.

Historic Dockyard events executive Chloe Wilson said: “We’ve had great things with Alexandra today. She’s been working the team on the ground really, really hard. The guys on the beach have definitely had their work cut out for them.”

While front of house manager David Johnson said: “I’ve really enjoyed today. I thought Alexandra was a great boss, and I think she’d inject a lot of fun into the organisation.”

Watch a video about Alexandra’s day at the dockyard here:

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