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 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.
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.
Lesley Hall, Environment, Health & Safety Director
Lesley is the airport's EHS Director. She joined Gatwick in January 2018 from Centrica where she was Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Security for its Merchant Power business, including power stations, offshore wind farms and new energy technology projects. Lesley brings with her a wealth of EHS experience from a wide range of industries both within the UK and internationally, having previously held roles with the Brett Group, BP Gas and BP Alternative Energy, as well as the Health & Safety Executive.
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 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 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 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.
Raymond Melee, Chief Construction Officer
Raymond was appointed Chief Construction Officer in November 2016, having previously held 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.
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.
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.