Gloucestershire Airport Ltd has appointed Karen Taylor as the airport’s new Managing Director.
Karen, who was previously Interim Managing Director and Commercial Finance Director at the airport, has already played a central role in developing it’s long-term vision.
Last year the airport submitted plans for a proposed new business park to Tewkesbury Borough Council. If it gets the go-ahead, the 35,000 sq m site, which would be built on land between Anson and Meteor business parks and could create space for up to 1,520 jobs, will be known as CGX Connect Business Park.
The airport is already home to many successful businesses, including engineering, aerospace, plus charter flights, flight training, and pleasure flights, and Karen wants it to play a central role in helping drive the county’s strategy to become a UK centre for cyber, as investment begins in its Golden Valley and Gloucester’s digital campus, The Forum.
Karen has already been instrumental in securing funding for airport runway improvement works and other critical capital improvements that will boost its status as a ‘gateway for growth’, and will be key to driving the airport’s future development.
She said: “Gloucestershire Airport is a unique and important asset for the county. I firmly believe we have a strong foundation to develop 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.”
She added: “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.”
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.