Executive management | Gatwick Airport

Executive management

Our senior leadership team, responsible for the management and day-to-day running of Gatwick Airport.

Stewart Wingate

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.

John Barton CIOJohn Barton, Chief Information Officer (CIO)

John was appointed as Gatwick's Chief Information Officer in October 2018, having previously been Global CIO of the Precision Engineering Division of IMI Plc. John began his career in the Royal Air Force as a special communications officer and gained commercial experience working in senior IT leadership roles within General Electric and Vodafone. Having spent 6 years as interim CIO working across various business sectors, he brings a breadth of experience to Gatwick Airport. John studied Weapon Systems and Electronic Engineering at the Royal Navy’s Manadon Military University and holds an MBA, which he completed while serving in the Royal Air Force.

Nick Dunn

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.

Robert Herga

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.

John Higgins, Business Improvement Director

John HigginsJohn was appointed to the newly created role of Business Improvement Director in October 2017, He began his career with General Electric as a graduate trainee and held a number of senior roles with the company, including MD of their Industrial Diamond business in Ireland and latterly running their pipeline business for Europe and Asia. 

John joined Gatwick as Head of Airfield in 2012 and led the rollout of our programme to improve runway efficiency. He went on to oversee the development of our baggage strategy and, most recently, has been driving improvements in capital delivery.

John graduated with an honours degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in Business from University College Dublin.

Darren Hockaday, HR director

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.

Bronwen JonesBronwen Jones, Development Director

Bronwen Jones was appointed Development Director on October 2017. Bronwen joined BAA in 1989 as a graduate trainee with a degree in business studies from Aston University. In 1995 she moved to Heathrow Airport and worked in a wide variety of operational roles before returning to Gatwick in 2003 as Head of Customer Services. More recently, as Head of Development, Bronwen has played a central role in some of our largest transformational programmes, including self-service bag drop, the North Terminal development programme and the creation of Gatwick Connects. 


Tim Norwood, Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability 

Tim joined Gatwick as Chief Planning Officer in February 2017 with responsibility for the development of the long term masterplan and subsequently took on the role of Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, creating a combined Directorate. He was previously Chief Planning Officer at EDF Energy with responsibility for securing consent for the Hinkley Point C Project and progressing the planning and environmental assessment work for nuclear new build at Sizewell. Prior to that, Tim held several planning roles in BAA at Heathrow and Stansted.  Tim has also worked in local government and consultancy.

Tim is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  He has a Masters in Town Planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a geography degree from the University of London. 


Chris WoodroofeChris 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 transformational 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.