Blackpool Airport announces board appointments

Blackpool Airport Operations has appointed three new independent, non-executive board directors.

Karen Taylor her career in Financial Services working for companies including Natwest, Swiss Re, Zurich and Capita before diversifying into housing and care, then joining aviation.

She joined Gloucestershire Airport as commercial finance director in 2018 and was later appointed managing director in January 2021. 

Matt Williams is a finance director for Northern Rail and leads teams across finance, IT, procurement, legal, internal audit and business insight.

A chartered accountant trained at Deloitte, Matt worked for United Utilities and then in the nuclear sector. In 2013, Matt joined Manchester Airports Group as finance director of Stansted Airport, then Manchester Airport before swapping planes for trains in 2020 as he started his current role at Northern.

Karen Whelan holds a lifelong interest in aviation which has encompassed a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering, 26 years working for BAE Systems Air sector business and gaining a Private Pilots Licence. Karen is also on the Blackpool Airport's employment committee.

Karen brings two decades of experience running all aspects of aviation engineering projects and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. She is also a trustee of the Association of Project Management, a charity with a Royal Charter, and her local Parochial Church Council.

Coun Gillian Campbell, chair of BAOL, said: "We are delighted to welcome Matt and both Karens to the team.

"Between them there is a wealth of aviation and business experience that will be invaluable to the airport as we embark on a new chapter to cement its future as a strategic transport hub for the NW and secure its long term, sustainable economic growth."