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https://www.businessconnectionslive.com – The Great Aviation Debate  -Business Connections Live Special.

As The Great Aviation Debate continues, Business Connections Live took their cameras to the recent Great Aviation Debate at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The event was organised by the Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Sussex Enterprise and Gatwick Diamond Initiative hosted The Great Aviation Debate  #futureofaviation on 12th March 2014 and put forward the proposals of all the major players on one stage! Business Connections Live was there to film the event.

Although there won’t be a final decision on Britain’s long-term aviation strategy until after the 2015 general election – a national debate is already underway. An additional runway at Heathrow or Gatwick versus Boris Johnson’s vision of a new four runway hub airport to the east of London are some of many proposals in this complex area of policy: With the UK falling behind its competitors but needing to take environmental considerations into account, there’s all to play for.

The Great Aviation Debate – A Business Connections Live Special.


The Great Aviation Debate was Chaired by:

  • Adam Marshall , Director of Policy and External Affairs at The British Chambers of Commerce and is responsible for representing the interests of the Chamber of Commerce network – with 52 accredited Chambers and over 100,000 member businesses across the UK – in Whitehall, Westminster and the media. Prior to joining the BCC, Adam was Head of Policy at the Centre for Cities think-tank. During his five years in this role (2004-2009), Adam played a central role in the organisation’s start-up and spin-out from the Institute for Public Policy Research. He also led work on city leadership, transport, local finance, and economic development.


  • Colin Matthews, Chief Executive Office, Heathrow Airport, joined the Board in September 2008. He is an experienced FTSE100 CEO who has led a number of service and industrial businesses in several countries. Prior to joining Heathrow, Colin was Group Chief Executive of Severn Trent plc, Managing Director of BA Engineering for British Airways plc, and later Executive Director of Lattice Group plc and Group Chief Executive of Hays Group plc.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey plc.
  • Stewart Wingate is Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Previously he held different roles within BAA, first as Customer Services Director of Glasgow Airport, then as CEO of Budapest Airport and most recently as Managing Director of Stansted Airport. Prior to that he worked for Black & Decker. Stewart is a Chartered Engineer and Fellows 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
  •  Guy Lavis – External Affairs Lead, Mayor of London’s Aviation Work Programme. Guy is a public affairs professional with broad communications experience. He has held senior consultancy and in-house roles and is currently working as the Head of External Affairs for the Mayor of London’s Aviation Programme, working within Transport for London’s planning team on the new airport proposal submitted by the Mayor of London on the Isle of Grain

https://businessconnectionslive.com – The Great Aviation Debate -A Business Connections Live Special.


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