Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are representatives of the Foundation and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, helping Trustees to drive forward the ambitions of the Foundation. Find out more about the Ambassadors below.


Kate Willard OBE

Airport Foundation Ambassador

Kate Willard OBE is Chair of the Growth Board and the Government appointed Thames Estuary Envoy. She is the driving force behind their ambitious plans to transform the area.

Kate is an independent consultant working on a diverse portfolio of infrastructure and growth projects. She has lived and worked in Hungary, France and Belgium as an expert with the European Commission. Kate has led a number of major transnational projects in employment, social cohesion and regional development. She established the first UK-Hungarian cultural partnership trust and was CEO of the UK’s first rural regeneration company.

Kate is on Arts Council England National Council and Chairs the Board of Teesside International Airport. She is a Churchill Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission.

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David Soley

Airport Foundation Ambassador

David Soley was Chair of Wilton Group and a senior executive in the offshore sector, including as founder of Davy Offshore, before moving into hospitality in 1998 with the acquisition of Castle Eden Brewery and Cameron’s Brewery in Hartlepool, where he remains a director.

For 11 years he served as a member of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, including a period as Vice Chair, and between 2019 and 2022 he was Chair of the Teesside International Airport Limited Board of Directors and the Goosepool Board of Directors.

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