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Gatwick appoints new planning chief



  • New Chief Planning Officer to review Gatwick’s Masterplan and help deliver airport’s £1.2 billion investment programme
  • Previous experience includes EDF Energy and BAA
  • Gatwick’s second runway director to retire, but remains as advisor

Tim Norwood – the man who secured planning consent for Hinkley Point C, the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation – is to become Gatwick’s new Chief Planning Officer, the airport announced today.

Tim will join Gatwick’s Executive Management Board on Monday 27 February, 2017, and will lead a review of Gatwick’s Masterplan. He will also lead Gatwick’s response to the Government’s Draft National Policy Statement and the Aviation Strategy review.

Tim was previously Chief Planning Officer for EDF Energy, where he secured planning consent for Hinkley Point C, and more recently led a major consultation on another new nuclear power station – Sizewell C – in Suffolk.

Prior to EDF Energy, Tim spent more than 10 years at BAA, where he held several senior roles promoting airport expansion including as Planning Manager for Terminal 5, Head of Environmental Planning for the Stansted’s second runway project and Head of Planning for the expansion of Heathrow.

Tim succeeds Alastair McDermid, the director who led the airport’s second runway campaign.  Alastair will continue to work for Gatwick as an advisor, but will step down from his current role as Airports Commission Director in February this year.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said:

I am delighted that Tim Norwood will be joining Gatwick’s executive team next month.  Tim will play a leading role realising Gatwick’s exciting future and his unparalleled experience and will help the airport to deliver its ambitious £1.2 billion investment programme going forward.

“I would also like to thank Alastair McDermid for his significant contribution to Gatwick over the past few years. He shaped and then drove forward Gatwick’s highly credible and deliverable case for a second runway.  His work helped change the profile of Gatwick’s ambition and I am delighted that he will continue as an advisor to the airport.”

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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.



Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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