Webinar: Levelling Up in South Wales and the West of England through the Western Gateway with Katherine Bennett, Chair, Western Gateway

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The Western Gateway is a strategic partnership promoting and maximising economic growth across south Wales and the west of England to create jobs, boost prosperity and support the world-renowned universities and businesses of the region.

Linking a number of towns and cities across a wide region either side of the Severn, the Western Gateway will mirror the successful, established work of the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine and will seek to ensure that the region is globally competitive.

Katherine Bennett, Chair of the Western Gateway and head of Airbus UK, joins us to discuss the newly established partnership and the vital role it will play in the region’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

  • Katherine Bennett


    Western Gateway

    Katherine Bennett heads Airbus UK since mid-2017, reporting to Airbus Global CEO, Tom Enders. She has been with Airbus for 13 years. Her previous post was as Senior Vice President, leading external engagement and strategy in the UK. She has held roles in Communications and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France, running the global public affairs function. Before that she was with General Motors UK, where she headed their government affairs function. Prior to that Katherine worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London.

    Katherine received an OBE in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises, focused on economic development in UK regions, including the West of England LEP; Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association) and ASD Strategy through her being Chair of the Engagement Group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership. She was appointed as Chair of the Western Gateway in November 2019.


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