Board of directors

Sir David Higgins, Chairman of Gatwick Airport Limited

Sir David Higgins became Chairman of Gatwick Airport on 1 January 2017.

Sir David has been non-executive Chairman of High Speed 2 since March 2014 and has made strong progress in establishing an organisation capable of commencing construction in 2017. As Chief Executive of Network Rail, Sir David initiated a major reform programme focussing on transparency, value for money and accountability.

Sir David also served as Chief Executive of the London 2012 Summer Olympics Delivery Authority, establishing the organisation and negotiating the overall budget with HM Treasury, and led the commercial negotiations for Stratford City, London & Continental Railways, and Westfield. He is a current Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Sir David holds a degree in Engineering from Sydney University and a Diploma from the Securities Institute. He is also a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Sir Roy McNulty, Deputy Chairman of Gatwick Airport Limited

Sir Roy McNulty became Deputy Chairman of Gatwick Airport Limited on 1 January 2017. He first joined the Board in April 2011 as a Non-executive Director and was Chairman from 2013 to 2016. Sir Roy was previously Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, the UK’s specialist aviation regulator, a post he held for eight years. Prior to this he was Executive Chairman of National Air Traffic Services Limited from May 1999 to July 2001.

Sir Roy was appointed by the then Secretary of State for Transport in February 2010 as Chairman to lead a special rail value for money study which reported in May 2011. Other previous posts include Chief Executive and latterly Chairman of Short Brothers plc, the Belfast-based aerospace company now part of Bombardier Inc., President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Chairman of the former Department of Trade and Industry Aviation Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Chairman of the Ilex Urban Regeneration Company in Northern Ireland and Chairman of Norbrook Laboratories Limited.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer

Stewart Wingate is 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.

Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Nick was appointed CFO in April 2010. 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.

Wendy Norris, Non-executive Director (Future Fund representative)

Wendy Norris (Non-executive Director, Future Fund representative) Wendy Norris joined the Future Fund in April 2010 and is the Head of Infrastructure and Timberland. Wendy is responsible for managing and establishing the strategy for the infrastructure and timberland portfolios. Prior to this role, Wendy was a Director of Infrastructure and Timberland. Wendy was previously an Investment Director with Hastings Funds Management where she was responsible for managing infrastructure investments and leading transactions in Australia, the UK and the US. Wendy holds an Applied Science degree from the University of New South Wales and a graduate management diploma from the Australian Graduate School of Management. 

Andrew Gillespie-Smith, Non-executive Director

Andrew Gillespie-Smith joined Global Infrastructure Partners in 2008 and led the M&A team for GIP in acquiring Gatwick Airport. Prior to joining GIP, Andrew was a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse. He joined Credit Suisse in 1998 when BZW's corporate finance business was acquired by Credit Suisse.

Andrew has advised clients on a broad range of corporate finance transactions including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings. These transactions spanned the airport, airline and related businesses, air traffic control, shipping, coal and power generation sectors across Australasia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Prior to joining BZW, he qualified as a corporate lawyer at the London-based law firm Herbert Smith.

Andrew Jurenko, Non-executive Director

Andrew Jurenko advised on the Gatwick acquisition and is a consultant to a number of property businesses. He was a member of BAA plc’s executive committee, as managing director of BAA International, where he led the acquisition of Budapest Airport. Andrew’s international experience also includes serving as CEO of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited (APAC), as interim CEO of Melbourne Airport following its successful acquisition and as managing director of BAA Pacific Ltd in Hong Kong.

In the UK Andrew was also the managing director of BAA’s World Duty Free direct retailing arm, co-chairman of BAA’s non-airport retail joint venture, McArthur Glen, and managing director and then chairman of the commercial property company, BAA Lynton.

John McCarthy, Non-executive Director

John McCarthy is Global Head of Infrastructure at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategy for the infrastructure division and for overseeing all day-to-day activities within the infrastructure team. This includes managing ADIA's existing investment portfolio, as well as new transactions.

With over 20 years experience in this sector, John joined ADIA from Deutsche Bank where he was Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure. Prior to that he worked at ABN AMRO and BXW in Australia. He holds a post graduate degree in finance and a BA in economics from Monash University, Melbourne.

Michael McGhee, Non-executive Director

Michael McGhee is a transport partner of GIP and is based in London. He was a managing director of the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse and has been head of the Global Transportation and Logistics Group since 1998. Previously he was head of BZW’s Global Transportation Group, since founding it in July 1990, and has advised governments on several privatisations in the transport sector globally.

David McMillan, Non-executive Director

David McMillan has had a long career in the transport sector, with a focus on aviation. He is currently Chair of the Air Traffic Management Policy Institute. Previously he has held a number of key positions including Chair of the global Flight Safety Foundation and Director General of Eurocontrol, which coordinates air traffic across 40 European states. Before that he was UK Director General of Civil Aviation and spoke for Europe on environmental issues at ICAO. Earlier in his career, David led for the Government on the establishment of both the NATS PPP and of Network Rail; and was Secretary to the RUCATSE report on airport capacity in South East England.

David started his career in the Diplomatic Service and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Transport and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

James van Hoften, Non-executive Director

James van Hoften is a former senior vice president and partner of the Bechtel Corporation. He was managing director of the global airport design and construction business and was responsible for airport developments in the Middle East, Japan, and North and South America. In the early 1990s, he was the programme manager of the $23 billion Hong Kong Airport Core Programme including the new Hong Kong Airport. Previously, Dr van Hoften spent eight years as a NASA astronaut including two flights on the space shuttle and four space walks.

Dr van Hoften is a director of FlexLNG in London and is on the Board of Trustees of the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives near San Francisco, California.

Bill Woodburn, Non-executive Director

Bill Woodburn is the operating partner of GIP and is based in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. Before joining GIP, he was the president and CEO of GE Infrastructure and previously president and CEO of GE Specialty Materials.

Prior to this, Bill was executive vice president and a member of the Office of the CEO at GE Capital, with oversight responsibilities for GE Capital Equipment Management businesses, including Americom, Fleet Service, Rail Services, TIP & Modular Space and Penske Truck Leasing. He served on the GE Capital Board in 2000 and 2001 and oversaw GE Capital India, GE Capital Global Sourcing, GE Capital Container Finance and GE SeaCo JV.