Our senior leadership team, responsible for the management and day-to-day running of Gatwick Airport.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Stewart Wingate is London Gatwick's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Previously he held different roles within BAA, first as Customer Services Director of Glasgow Airport, then as CEO of Budapest Airport and most recently as Managing Director of Stansted Airport. Prior to that he worked for Black & Decker. Stewart is a Chartered Engineer and Fellows of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a Masters in Business Administration with distinction and a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Chris was appointed COO in November 2016, following a successful career spanning multiple roles at Gatwick. He joined the airport in 2006 to oversee baggage operations in the North Terminal and held a number of other senior engineering roles before becoming Head of Engineering in 2010. In 2012, Chris became Head of Security, leading a programme of work to create Gatwick's world-leading security operation. In 2015, his role was expanded to include operational accountability for stable operations, terminals and ensuring that the airport's tranformational airline moves programme is successfully delivered.
Chris is a chartered chemical engineer who left Imperial College, London, with a first class masters degree to join Nestlé’s UK graduate scheme. He also holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Warwick.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Nick was appointed CFO in April 2010. He also sits on the Gatwick Airport Board. Nick joins from Anglo American plc where he was General Manager of Corporate Finance. Prior to that, he worked for six years with Centrica plc in a number of senior finance roles. Nick has more than ten years experience in investment banking, with the majority of this time specialising in the transportation sector. He has advised governments and private investors on the financing of airports and air traffic control and has managed airport acquisition, IPO and financing transactions in the UK and internationally.
Cathal Corcoran, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Cathal joined Gatwick in May 2016. He brings with him over 15 years of experience leading digital, process and IT transformation across a range of sectors including oil and gas, aerospace and defence, high-tech manufacturing and telecoms. Previously Cathal held positions as CIO for Castrol and BP's global business services. He has also spent a number of years as a management consultant for Accenture and KPMG Consulting. Cathal is a graduate of the IT executive leadership programmes from both UC Berkley and Boston University and holds a management of information systems degree from University College Dublin.
Robert Herga, General Counsel and Company Secretary
Robert was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2010. Robert was General Counsel and Company Secretary at BAA until 2009 having spent 20 years in various roles within the legal department. Prior to that he had undertaken legal roles within British Steel and BT. Immediately before joining Gatwick Robert was General Counsel and Company Secretary at Carpetright plc.
Darren Hockaday, HR Director
Darren was appointed as HR Director in March 2014 with a strong background in customer service, operations and unionised environments. He was previously HR Director at London Overground Rail Operations Ltd overseeing significant growth, doubling the workforce and ensuring people were at the heart of the transformation of the Overground service with employee engagement reaching 91%, ranking in top 10% of Towers Watson global companies.
Recent career highlights include leading the introduction of driver-only operations and resourcing the London 2012 Olympic Games. Previously Darren held HR leadership roles in Burger King, Tube Lines and Airbus. Preceding his 16 years in HR, Darren held operational management roles in retail, banking and development training.
Steve Howells, Director of Environment, Health and Safety
Steve joined Gatwick in February 2016 as our director of EHS. He holds a Master's degree in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management and is a chartered member of both the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the British Institute of Facilities Management.
Steve has worked for a wealth of large-scale corporations and has overseen EHS operations in several continents. He spent time at Heathrow, where he led the entire health and safety operation, including the final stages of the T2 development.
Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director
Charles joined Gatwick as Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director in 2014. Before joining the company he held senior management positions in financial services and consultancy, both as a principal and as an advisor to some of the UK’s largest companies. Charles brings with him a depth of experience in communications, research, project management and corporate management and holds a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University.
Alastair McDermid, Airports Commission Director
Alastair was appointed as Airports Commission Director at Gatwick in October 2013 to lead the second runway development work. He has over 35 year’s experience with BAA where he held posts including Group Planning Director for BAA, Director of SG2, and Program Director for Heathrow R3, and was a Director of Gatwick from 1997 to 2001. Alastair has worked with other European and World airports, DfT, Network Rail, HA, CAA and other bodies. Since June 2010 he has been an independent advisor in infrastructure planning and development.
Raymond Melee, Chief Construction Officer
Raymond was appointed Chief Construction Officer in November 2016, having previously help the role of Development Director. He has more than three decades of professional experience in airport operations and management, planning and design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), project management, construction management, strategic business planning, and operational readiness on very large and complex infrastructure programs; all with an eye on profitability and efficiency.
Raymond has previously worked on a large number of international airports in the Ukraine, and throughout the Middle East, India, Central America, North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Previously Raymond was the Director of Development at Gatwick from 2009-2011.
Scott Stanley, Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Scott has been appointed as Gatwick's CDO with responsibility for enabling the airport's future growth and performance through infrastructure and technology. In this role he will lead and coordinate a suite of development projects.
Scott previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer for Gatwick Airport where he was responsible for overseeing the management of day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Gatwick he was also COO for London City Airport. Scott joined London City from Global Infrastructure Partners. His career embraces General Motors, General Electric, Honeywell and United Technologies. Career highlights include operations management for GE, supply chain restructuring in Europe for Honeywell, a new plant start-up in Mexico and China supply chain restructuring for United Technologies. He holds a BSc degree in engineering from Ohio State University.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Guy Stephenson was appointed as CCO in November 2010. He was previously Commercial Director of the Coach Division at National Express Ltd, prior to which he spent five years with the TUI Group as Commercial Director of Thomsonfly. In these roles he had responsibilities for pricing and revenue management, network and capacity planning, business analysis, product development and customer operations. He has also worked in investment banking, where he advised mainly governments and other public sector clients throughout Europe on airport and ATC privatisation and restructuring. Guy has a BA (Hons) from the University of Durham and an MBA with distinction from Imperial College London.