Gloucestershire Airport in UK appoints new Managing Director

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Gloucestershire Airport in the UK has appointed Karen Taylor as the airport’s new Managing Director. The new role will take effect immediately.

The strategic location of the airfield is key to helping drive the county’s economic development ambitions and is ideally placed near to the cyber development at Golden Valley and Gloucester’s digital campus, The Forum. As such it plays a key role in supporting the local economy, both as a travel gateway and as a base for a range of businesses, including engineering, aerospace plus charter flights, flight training, and leisure flights.

Prior to her new role as Managing Director, Taylor served as the Interim Managing Director and Commercial Finance Director  and has played an integral role in developing the long-term vision for the airport. She has been instrumental in securing funding for runway improvement works and other critical capital improvements that will boost the airport’s status as a ‘gateway for growth’ and will be key to driving the airport’s development.

Commenting on her new role, Taylor said: “Gloucestershire Airport is a unique and important asset for the country. I firmly believe we have a strong foundation to develop the airport into a ‘gateway for growth’ for the many significant developments being brought forward across the region; a destination of choice providing connectivity to and from national and international destinations; and a centre of excellence for all aspects of business aviation, aviation training and other related activity.”

In line with the airport’s long-term vision for growth as a sustainable business, the regional hub is embarking on a programme of activity that will create around 1,520 jobs and enable airport improvements. This includes the new CGX Connect business park development, which has been submitted for planning consent to Tewkesbury Borough Council.

“Business growth at the airport means more choice and better services for existing airport users and will encourage individuals and businesses from across the region to realise the value of having a regional airport they can use for business and leisure right on their doorstep,” Taylor added.

The new development will also support the Airport to identify and deliver projects embracing alternative clean energy supplies and green technologies to help reduce carbon footprint, while also underpinning a long-term commitment to attract and promote associated aviation related environmental research and development.

Gloucestershire Airport eyes development of new business park

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Gloucestershire Airport has submitted a planning application to create a new business park between existing Anson and Meteor business parks.

New offices and industrial units will comprise the bulk of the 35,000 square metre development at the Staverton site, and create approximately 1,750 new jobs.

Tewkesbury Borough Council has recommended that the site is allocated for growth in its Local Plan, which is at an advanced stage and awaits approval from the Secretary of State.

The proposals are supported by GFirst LEP, which has confirmed it will provide £1.885 million in ‘Growth Deal’ funding to support the infrastructure required to deliver the new development.

The new 8.5-hectare park will sit on land to the north of the Gloucestershire Airport site and replace the northern end of the north/south runway. This is primarily used as an alternative runway for training flights when operations are impacted by crosswinds. There will therefore be a level of disruption, but the airport is working with its tenants on this matter.

“We are really excited to be able to talk about new jobs coming to the area at this crucial

time for the recovery of the economy,” said Gloucestershire Airport’s Commercial Finance Director Karen Taylor. “The location is ideally placed for growth with connections by road and air, and we aim for the airport to be a gateway to growth for the many exciting developments happening in Cheltenham and Gloucester. It is an exciting time for the county and our proposal will allow more businesses to connect to the cyber centre of excellence at West Cheltenham, the significant ambition of Gloucester City and the wider region too.”

Image: Airport Commercial Finance Director Karen Taylor and Mark Price of Vitruvius, the company project managing the development.