Fresh chap­ter as city air­port ap­points chief

Solihull News - - BUSINESS NEWS - TAMLYN JONES tamlyn. [email protected] reach­plc. com

BIRM­ING­HAM Air­port has ap­pointed a new chief ex­ec­u­tive 18 months after the de­par­ture of its long- serv­ing pre­vi­ous in­cum­bent.

Nick Barton will join the trans­port hub in Jan­uary, hav­ing spent the past four years in the same role at Lu­ton Air­port.

His pre­de­ces­sor Paul Ke­hoe an­nounced in June 2017 that he was step­ping down from the post after nine years, with chief fi­nance of­fice Si­mon Richards stand­ing in as act­ing manag­ing di­rec­tor over the past year.

Mr Barton is an avi­a­tion in­dus­try vet­eran and his pre­vi­ous roles in­clude eight years in the se­nior man­age­ment team at Lon­don Stansted, lat­terly as manag­ing di­rec­tor, and pre­vi­ous ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions at what was BAA.

He has al­most 30 years years of ex­pe­ri­ence of manag­ing and lead­ing in­fra­struc­ture and prop­erty op­er­a­tions.

Mr Barton said: “I am thrilled to be join­ing Birm­ing­ham Air­port to de­liver the board’s vi­sion and strat­egy for this crit­i­cal piece of na­tional and re­gion­ally sig­nif­i­cant trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

“Birm­ing­ham Air­port is on the thresh­old of a very ex­cit­ing chap­ter in its de­vel­op­ment and I am de­lighted to have been given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead and shape the fu­ture of the air­port.”

Last month, the air­port an­nounced it was em­bark­ing on a 15- year, £ 500 mil­lion mas­ter­plan to re­vamp the trans­port hub which will in­clude a larger de­par­ture lounge with new shops and restau­rants and a re­vamped check- in area aimed at im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency.

The long- term aim of the air­port is to ex­pand an­nual pas­sen­gers num­bers to 18 mil­lion by 2033 – an in­crease of five mil­lion on its 2017 fig­ures.

Air­port chair­man Tim Clarke added: “We have car­ried out an ex­ten­sive search of the avi­a­tion sec­tor for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“The board is de­lighted to have se­cured such a proven and ex­pe­ri­enced in­di­vid­ual to ex­e­cute our am­bi­tious vi­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of the air­port.

“His record in gen­er­at­ing strong growth brings the qual­ity of lead­er­ship needed to fully re­alise the po­ten­tial of this vi­tal as­set for the West Mid­lands econ­omy and the re­gion as a whole.”

New air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Barton

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