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Flybe Boss Named as Headline Guest at SW IoD Director of the Year Awards

Flybe Boss Named as Headline Guest at SW IoD Director of the Year Awards

Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Devon-based airline Flybe, has been announced as headline guest at the IoD South West Annual Dinner and Director of the Year Awards next month (June).

The event, celebrating leadership, talent and achievement in the region, is taking place on Thursday 14 June at Sandy Park Stadium, near Exeter.

With a career that started in aircraft maintenance, Christine joined Flybe in January 2017 at a turbulent time for European airlines. Despite the challenges however, there are also opportunities and she will share her aspirations for leading Flybe and maintaining its position as a leading independent regional airline. It is currently Europe’s largest regional airline, carrying 8.8 million passengers a year from 79 airports across the UK and Europe, with over 200 routes serving 15 countries.

This year’s awards contain three new categories recognising Inclusivity, Innovation and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director and Board Practice. Existing categories include Family Business, Public Sector, Not for Profit/Third Sector, Global, Emerging and Corporate Responsibility. The event is sponsored by accountants Bishop Fleming who have offices throughout the South West, including Bristol, Exeter and Bath, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro and Worcester.

IoD South West chairman and Chartered Director Nick Sturge, a winner in 2014 and Director of Engine Shed, Bristol, said:

“Flybe is playing a significant role in being able to position the South West on a national and international platform. We are very pleased that Christine has agreed to share her experiences of taking on a business in bumpy times and under her leadership, establishing it as a serious player in the industry.”

Christine will share her experiences interview style with the host of the evening’s event, BBC Radio Devon’s Janet Kipling.

Tickets are now available for the event by visiting

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