Kate Willard, the Thames Estuary Envoy, has been recognised for her contribution to Transport and the Economy. Commenting on the honour, Kate said: “This is such a wonderful honour and I still can’t quite believe it’s happened. Like really!
“I’ve loved my jobs helping to make brilliant infrastructure, growth and creative stuff happen. The best bits are always the amazing businesses and dedicated, talented and passionate people you get to work with. And I’m genuinely lucky enough to work with some of the nicest and best.
“I understand this honour recognises my services to Transport and the Economy. But nothing comes without teams, so I’d like to thank and acknowledge all those fabulous people who have worked so hard and so tirelessly with me to help make good stuff happen. Thank you lovelies. I share this terrific privilege with you.”
Since December 2019, Kate has been the driving force behind ambitious plans to transform the Thames Estuary. As Thames Estuary Envoy and chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board she is overseeing plans that could add more than £100 billion to the UK economy by 2050.