Luton Rising’s new Engagement Director, Orlagh Ennis shares her plans in the lead up to the DCO application.
Orlagh joins Luton Rising with a remit to strengthen engagement and comms across the organisation. Orlagh has driven extensive change and engagement programmes with a key focus on improving reputation and building relationships with stakeholders and local communities across a number of industries including rail, technology, finance, energy, higher education and aviation.
Stakeholder engagement is a core principle of the work undertaken by Luton Rising. As the owner of London Luton Airport, our profits go back into front line services and community projects meaning that more than a quarter of a million people depend on the services we provide every day. As a result, the engagement we have with you helps to inform and shape the way we run our business. To put Luton on the map, attract investment and make a real social impact, change is inevitable, however, effective stakeholder engagement provides a clear understanding about the nature of the work we do and enables us to bring stakeholders on the journey with us making engagement a crucial part of what we do.
Luton has ambitious plans to expand London Luton Airport, which include the addition of a second terminal and a proposed maximum capacity of 32 million passengers per year. While this will create employment, we are mindful of the environmental implications and have developed a ground-breaking Green Controlled Growth framework to ensure we are creating a legacy for the people of Luton. We can never fully anticipate how stakeholders will respond to major infrastructure projects, however, through a broad and meaningful engagement, we can create transparency around the work we are undertaking and help you, our local community understand the benefits which derive from a continued programme of investment resulting in improved rail and airport links. The core projects of Luton Rising including the expansion at the airport, the new train line direct to the airport called the Luton DART, development improvements at Morton House and Bartlett Square and a community fund which supports local community projects. We will be regularly communicating with you on these matters and more, and hope that you will engage with us as our work progresses.
We are committed to working in partnership with all stakeholders in Luton and beyond. We will be strengthening our links with the local community, working with businesses and government to attract investment to give the people of Luton a town they are proud of. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up to our newsletter for regular updates on the work we are doing – you can sign up here. We will be sharing events and news and hope to meet many of you along the way.
By continuing to engage with stakeholders on a regular basis and measuring the impact of each engagement, we endeavour to reflect how Luton Rising is a business which is both transparent and socially responsible.