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IoD Online: Gatwick - Rising to the economic challenge

23 Oct 2020
Online webinar, Online

Never more so than now do we realise how important Gatwick Airport is to the local economy.

This is more far reaching than Sussex alone and has a knock on effect to surrounding counties Surrey and Kent.

Working in partnership with the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and The IoD branches of Sussex, Surrey and Kent, we bring you a webinar focused on gaining a wider understanding of the challenges Gatwick and our local economy faces, speaking to the key individuals who are focused on ensuring that Gatwick rises to the economic challenges posed by the Covid19 Pandemic, on how to encourage and retain investment and the inevitable impact of Brexit.

Key note speakers include:  Allie Renison (IoD),  Henry Smith MP, Stuart Wingate (Gatwick Airport) and Jonathan Sharrock (LEP). A hosted Q&A session will ensure this is an interactive event ensuring your questions are addressed and answered. A must attend event!


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Date & time: 23 Oct 2020 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Allie Renison, Head of EU & Trade Policy, IoD

Allie Renison is Head of EU and Trade Policy, and leads on devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU policy matters both to Westminster and Whitehall and with European institutions. She provides the link between business and Government on increasing international trade and has authored a number of reports on trends in both trade and trade policy, as well as running a number of trade missions for IoD members around the world every year. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

Allie joined the IoD in April 2014. Prior to this, she was Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU. Allie has previously advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with particular focus on trade and employment policy areas. She holds a Masters Degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space. 

Henry Smith, MP

Henry was elected as Member of Parliament for Crawley in 2010, 2015, 2017, and for a historic fourth term at the General Election in December 2019.

He ran his own Crawley-based business, and in 1997 was elected to West Sussex County Council. In 2003 he became Leader of the Council, when aged 34 he became the youngest county leader in the country. He was also Chairman of the South East County Strategic Leaders group, representing all authorities across the greater south east.

Henry continues to campaign on a range of issues on behalf of Crawley residents, in particular health. Following the closure of A&E at Crawley Hospital under Labour in 2005 he has successfully campaigned for urgent care services to return with new units recently opened and operating 24/7.

In June 2016 he helped set up, and was elected to chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer. The Group’s aims include raising awareness of blood cancer and highlight the needs of patients and their families.

He has also served as Secretary of the APPG on Southern Rail. Henry has persisted in making representations with the Transport Secretary, secured a debate in the House of Commons on the issue in September 2016 and, unlike Labour controlled Crawley Borough Council who officially backed rail strikes, called on the unions to end their industrial action that has caused misery to the travelling public.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport Ltd

Stewart’s career has included senior roles at Glasgow and Budapest airports, and before his move to Gatwick was Managing Director of Stansted Airport.

Having also worked for Black & Decker, he is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He has a Masters in Business Administration with distinction and a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering. 

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive, Coast to Capital

Jonathan joined Coast to Capital as Chief Executive in January 2016.  He has significant experience of policy development and the leadership of major projects having worked for more than a decade at the interface between government and industry.  As Chief Executive of Coast to Capital, he is responsible for delivering the LEP's business plan to transform business and economic performance through the region's Growth Deal.
He joined Coast to Capital having spent the previous three years as a member of the senior management team developing the HS2 high speed rail project; he was previously responsible for overseeing Government transport interests for the 2012 Olympics. In earlier roles, he gained significant experience working with the aviation industry, having been responsible for delivering the aviation security regime, developing UK airport capacity and completing the privatisation of air traffic control. 



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