On International Women’s Day, Coast to Capital is delighted to announce the appointment of business restructuring specialist Karen Dukes to the Coast to Capital Board to support the delivery of their ambitious “Gatwick 360” strategy.

Karen brings a wealth of experience to the Board and her finance skills and commercial expertise will help promote a strong business ethos and commercial culture on the Board.  She will lead on the delivery of Coast to Capital’s loan investments, help to develop the organisation’s commercial strategy and takes overall responsibility for the Growing Places Fund.


During her career, Karen focused at various times on owner-managed businesses, public and private sector clients as well as PLCs, both UK-based and global organisations. She has experience of most sectors, but specialised in agri-business, health, education and finance which are some of the key sectors in the Coast to Capital area.


Karen joins the Board at a crucial time for Coast to Capital as negotiations for the Local Industrial Strategy start in earnest.

Karen Dukes, Coast to Capital Board Member said:


“I’m delighted to join the board at this point. Having spent my whole career helping businesses work through financial issues I hope to bring a lot to the Board’s work, particularly as we develop the Gatwick 360 initiative and broaden the range of businesses we can support.  I join a diverse group of leaders from corporate, not for profit and public businesses with ambition for regional productivity and am looking forward to working with the board.”


Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chairman said:


“Our Board boasts influential representatives from the public, private and education sector that have both specialist knowledge and passion for the Coast to Capital area.  We are committed to promoting diversity and the appointment of Karen will bring further business and finance skills on to the Board and strengthen and support our commercial approach with a key focus on governance and assurance.”

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