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First Thames Estuary Envoy appointed

Thu 5th December 2019, 12:07 pm

The first Estuary Envoy has been appointed to drive forward growth in the Thames Estuary region and forge positive relationships between businesses, communities and authorities.

Kate Willard, director of partnership development with Stobart Group, was appointed at the end of October as the new envoy by Thurrock Council on behalf of all Estuary partners. 

She will become chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, which will receive £1m of government funding to progress economic growth plans in the area.

Willard was on a panel discussing transport, infrastructure and connectivity at this year’s Thames Estuary Growth Day (TEGD) event, held at the ExCeL Centre in Newham and organised by 3Fox International.

The well-attended annual occasion was chaired by BBC News home editor Mark Easton, and gave delegates from local authorities, consultants and developers the opportunity to discuss the region’s progress and future plans.

The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission report released in June 2018 set out an ambitious plan for the north Kent, south Essex and east London area. The vision for the region is to generate 1.3m new jobs and an extra £190bn for the economy.

Willard said she was “honoured and proud” to have been appointed chair and added: “The Thames Estuary Growth Board has the opportunity to provide a clear and coherent voice to drive sustainable growth across this dynamic region.

“We will work to ensure we are listening to the communities, private and public sector partners who make up this great place and deliver cohesive leadership that helps shape an even more brilliant and shining place with international resonance.”

Chairman of the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership, Rob Bennett, said: “We welcome Kate’s appointment as Envoy and hope that she can help us to accomplish our ambitious plans to accelerate economic growth, create jobs, improve the environment and attract investment for physical and social infrastructure.

“North Kent has the potential to play a critical role in the UK’s economic success, with an impact not just on the region but on the rest of the country. We are keen to work with Kate and with government to get on with the job.”

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