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 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.
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 joined 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, including Director of Group M&A, Finance Director for Centrica Energy and Finance Director for British Gas Business.
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. Nick holds a BEng (1st Class Honours) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton.
Andrew Gillespie-Smith, Non-executive Director, GIP representative
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.
Michael McGhee, Non-executive Director, GIP representative
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 representative
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 representative
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 representative
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 representative
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 representative
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 representative
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.
Benoit Trochu, Non-executive Director, VINCI representative
Benoît has a Master's in mathematics and graduated from the ESSEC business school in 2001. He began his career as a financial analyst specializing in LBO at the Sanpaolo banking group. In 2002, he joined Aéroports de Paris (ADP) to work on foreign investment projects. In 2004, he led the project to list ADP on the Paris Bourse. From 2007 to 2010 he worked with Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux as an analyst in the utilities sector.
Since September 2010 Benoît had been head of finance for the business development team at VINCI Airports. Appointed Business Development Director at the end of 2013, he is currently in charge of expanding the airport business, in particular outside France, whether through acquisitions or participating in tenders.
Karim Mourad, Non-executive Director, ADIA representative
Appointed to the Board in April 2019, Karim is Global Head of Infrastructure for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). He joined ADIA in 2008 as a founder member. Karim previously headed the Transportation Infrastructure portfolio at ADIA. He is responsible, in collaboration with senior management, for developing and implementing investment strategy for the Infrastructure Division and overseeing all day-to-day activities of the Infrastructure team. This includes managing ADIA’s existing portfolio of infrastructure investments, as well as working with team members to originate and execute on new transactions.
Karim’s previous roles include: Associate Director at Macquarie Capital; Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Treasury department of NatWest Markets; and CH2M Hill - all in London.
Karim has a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London and is a CFA Charterholder.