Board of directors

Meet our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Gatwick Airport Limited sets the company's long-term strategy, ensuring that it acts ethically and has the necessary resources to meet its objectives and responsibilities as a leading airport company. The current directors are:

Sir David Higgins, Chairman, Gatwick Airport LimitedSir David Higgins, Chairman

Sir David Higgins was appointed non-executive Chairman in January 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 organisation responsible for the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic 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.

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. He was appointed Chairman of United Utilities in January 2020. 

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive OfficerStewart Wingate, CEO

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.

Jim Butler, Chief Financial OfficerJim Butler, CFO

Jim was appointed Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2021. Prior to that, Jim served in various roles at American Airlines since 1996, including Senior Vice President – Airport Operation and Cargo; President of their Cargo division; and Managing Director of Commercial Planning and Performance.

Jim has previously led airport operations and had oversight of strategic initiatives across American’s global network throughout the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.

Jim has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of BAR UK; IATA Cargo Committee and the A4A Cargo Executive Council. Jim is also a licensed private pilot. 

Michael McGhee, Non-executive Director, GIP representativeMichael McGhee, GIP

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, Calpers representativeDavid McMillan, Calpers

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.

Bill Woodburn, Non-executive Director, GIP representativeBill Woodburn, GIP

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.

Nicolas Notebaert, Non-executive Director, VINCI representativeNicolas Notebaert, Vinci

Nicolas Notebaert is a member of the VINCI Group Executive Committee and serves as CEO of VINCI Concessions, bringing together global market leaders VINCI Airports, VINCI Highways and VINCI Railways.

He oversees a network of world-class transport infrastructures spanning over 18 countries, including 35 airports, 26 road infrastructures and four railway projects.

Nicolas joined the VINCI Group in 2002 as Head of Operations for the French road concession Cofiroute, before being appointed Director of Business Development for VINCI Concessions France in 2004. In February 2008, he became Chairman of VINCI Airports and joined VINCI Concessions' Executive Committee. Prior to joining the VINCI Group, he held various positions in the French Ministry of Public Works and served as a cabinet member of the French Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure between 1995 and 2002. He started his career in 1994 as a consultant to the World Bank. Nicolas is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Olivier Mathieu, Non-executive Director, VINCI representativeOlivier Mathieu, Vinci

Olivier Mathieu is an alumnus of the ESSEC business school (MBA). He began his career as an adviser to the Chief Financial Officer of VINCI in 1995. He then became financial controller at G+H Montage (VINCI Group, Germany) in 1998-1999, Chief Financial Officer of Sogea-Satom (Africa branch of VINCI Construction) from 2002 to 2006, and Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of VINCI Construction International Network from 2006 to 2009.

Olivier became Chief Financial and Asset Management Officer of VINCI Concessions in September 2009, and he was appointed Executive Vice-President of VINCI Concessions in 2012.

Remi Maumon de Longevialle, Non-executive Director, VINCI representativeRemi Maumon de Longervialle, Vinci

Rémi graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE in France and has also a Masters in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris. He started his career at PwC where he was a member of the PPP/Project Finance team in Paris for two years. He joined VINCI in 2012 as Project Manager in the VINCI Concessions Structured Finance team where he took part in the financing of large infrastructure projects in Europe and Latin America (motorways, railways and stadiums).

In 2014, he joined the Business Development team of VINCI Airports as Project Manager. He was notably in charge of the successful bid, closing and operational take-over of the Kansai airports in Japan from 2015 to 2016. Rémi was then appointed as Project Director for the Middle-East and Central Asia region where he managed several airport acquisition projects before being named Chief Financial Officer of VINCI Airports in 2018.

Pierre-Hugues Schmit, Non-executive Director, VINCI representativePierre-Hugues Schmit, Vinci

A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 2001 and the French National University of Civil Aviation (ENAC in Toulouse) in 2003, Pierre-Hugues has also spent one year in UC Berkeley as graduate student in transportation engineering.

Pierre-Hugues worked at the French CAA for seven years, three of which as the head of the French Airlines Department (2006-2009). From 2010 to 2012, he worked as an advisor to the French Transportation Minister. Pierre-Hughes then joined Aéroports de Paris as deputy director of the Le Bourget division. In 2014, along with three partners he founded La compagnie, a scheduled airline based in Paris delivering pure business class service to New York.

Pierre-Hugues joined VINCI Airports in June 2017 where he supervises the airport business on air service development, extra aeronautical activities and airport operations.

Eric Delobel, Non-executive Director, VINCI representativeEric Delobel, Vinci

Eric is a graduate of the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics and the Institut de l’Administration des Entreprises. Joining Quille (Bouygues Group) in 1995, Eric held various project management roles before moving into real estate development for Bouygues Immobilier, Hammerson, then Foruminvest as Director of programs and development, respectively.

After joining VINCI in 2009, he was appointed CEO of the Granvia concession company in charge of designing and building the R1-PR1bina motorway in Slovakia. 

Eric joined VINCI Airports in 2012 and has held several roles within the company, including Managing Director for West Region in France and CEO of Cambodia Airports. In August 2019, Eric was appointed the Chief Technical Officer for VINCI Airports.

Lucy Chadwick, Non-executive Director, GIP representativeEric Delobel, Vinci

Lucy Chadwick is Chair of GIP’s ESG Committee and an advisor to the Investment Committee. She is also on the Boards of NTV Italo, London Gatwick Airport and Naturgy.

Lucy has over 30 years of transport and government experience. Prior to GIP, Lucy was Director General in the UK Department for Transport, and an adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair on transport. She was a member of Accenture’s senior management team for 13 years.

Philip Iley, Non-executive Director, GIP representativePhilip Iley, GIP

Philip Iley is a Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) focusing on transport infrastructure investment and portfolio management.  GIP is an independent infrastructure fund manager with over $65 billion in assets under management. GIP invests globally in high-quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors.

Prior to joining GIP in 2016, Philip spent 20 years at Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director and Head of its Transport team.  His experience includes numerous airport, port, toll road, rail and air traffic control M&A transactions and privatisations.  He has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom.    He recently worked on GIP’s acquisition of NTV Italo Rail in Italy and is now on the board.

Mr Iley has BA (Hons) in Law & Accountancy from Manchester University.

Marten Soderbom, Non-executive Director, GIP representativeMarten Soderbom, GIP

Marten Soderbom is a Principal at Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) focusing on transport infrastructure investment and portfolio management.  GIP is an independent infrastructure fund manager with over $65 billion in assets under management. GIP invests globally in high-quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors.

Prior to joining GIP in 2012, Marten spent 12 years at Credit Suisse, where he was a Director in the Transport team.  His experience includes numerous airport, port and rail M&A transactions and privatisations. He also has M&A, capital raising and restructuring experience in other transport sub-sectors including airline, shipping and bus. At GIP Marten worked on the 50.01% sale of Gatwick to Vinci (2019), the sale of London City Airport (2016) and the acquisition of NTV Italo Rail in Italy (2018).  Marten is also an observer on the Board of Directors of Gatwick, and a member of its Audit Committee, Regulatory Working Group and Policy Steering Group.

Education: BA, School of Economics and Management, Department of Business Administration, Lund University