Blog Type, IPT Blog | September 2017

August Fellowship Update

In the final few weeks of the summer recess a number of parliamentarians carried out Fellowship visits. Highlights include Chris Matheson MP visiting Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Rolls-Royce, Susan Elan Jones MP sitting down with Nationwide and Carol Monaghan MP spending time with QinetiQ. Read on to find out more:

On Friday 18 August, Susan Elan Jones MP visited Nationwide as part of her Fellowship focusing on banking and the financial sector. 


Susan’s visit began in Nationwide’s Threadneedle Street branch in London where she gained a first-hand insight into the investment which Nationwide is making into their branches. Susan also found out about Nationwide NOW which is available in nearly 500 branches and uses high definition video call technology to provide customers with financial help and advice. Susan also received a briefing on Nationwide’s first community branch in Glastonbury. The branch was opened in 2017 with community support and is designed around the community’s specific needs. 

After the visit, Susan Elan Jones MP said:
“While many financial institutions are closing local branches, it was fantastic to hear about Nationwide’s innovative approach to investing in its branches and supporting the communities it works in.”

To find out more about Susan’s visit, click here.

On Wednesday 23 August, Chris Matheson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, visited Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) as Fellowship in Aviation.

During the visit, Chris was given an overview of the Airport’s operations and experienced what it takes to keep one of the UK’s busiest airports running. Chris was also given an insight into the investment which is being made across the Airport to improve passenger facilities and enhance the customer experience.

Chris was also taken on a tour of the Airport where he was able to meet a number of the LJLA employees. He then met Mark Povall, Strategy Director, who spoke to him about the Airport’s business development and expansion plans, how LJLA has become the faster, easier, friendlier Airport of choice for passengers from across the region and the challenges faced by the Airports industry.

Commenting on the visit, Chris Matheson MP said:
 “As a regional airport, LJLA is vital to both the local and national economy, and thousands of my constituents regularly pass through its doors. I am therefore delighted that I have been able to visit and see first-hand how the Airport is striving to improve the customer experience and to bringing greater choice of services for travellers across the North West, including my constituents.”

To find out more about Chris’s visit, click here.

Also on Wednesday 23 August, Carol Monaghan MP visited QinetiQ’s corporate headquarters at Farnborough as part of her Fellowship exploring science, technology and innovation.

During the visit, Carol received an introduction and overview of QinetiQ from senior executives where she found out about the markets and environments in which QinetiQ operates as well as the current threats and opportunities for UK National Security. Carol was then taken on a tour of the facilities where she learnt about the Research, Test and Evaluation process which QinetiQ uses in order to bring their innovative ideas to life. 

After the visit, Carol Monaghan MP said:
“It was fantastic to learn more about QinetiQ as a business and I relished the opportunity to see first-hand how QinetiQ uses the latest technology to create and develop its innovative ideas and solutions. I look forward to getting to know more about QinetiQ on future Fellowship visits.”

To find out more about Carol’s visit, click here.

Conducting his second visit of the month, Chris Matheson MP, visited Rolls-Royce’s Derby site which employs more than 14,000 people with a focus on civil aerospace and nuclear.

During the visit, Chris was taken on a site tour where he was able to see first-hand the next generation technologies and manufacturing techniques which Rolls-Royce are utilising in engine production. Chris was also shown around the Apprenticeship Academy and had the opportunity to discuss careers with apprentices. 

Commenting on the visit, Chris Matheson MP said:
“Rolls-Royce is at the forefront of aerospace manufacturing in the UK and it was fascinating to learn more about the investment in R&D and new technologies in order to make the production process as efficient as possible.”

To find out more about Chris’s visit, click here.

The House has now returned from summer recess and will sit until the 14 September before the Autumn Conference season begins.  To see all parliamentarians currently engaged in Fellowships, click here

Written by Alexander Reeves, Parliamentary Officer

If you have any questions regarding the Fellowship scheme then please get in touch with Radhika Madlani, Parliamentary Affairs Officer, on 020 7839 9400 or RadhikaMadlani@ipt.org.uk.