London Gatwick has appointed a new chair who will work with VINCI Airports, Global Infrastructure Partners and the executive team on the airport’s future. Baroness Margaret Ford of Cunninghame will take over the role from outgoing chair Sir David Higgins.

Baroness Ford has chaired four public companies and acted as senior director on a further four. She has chaired several privately owned businesses and government bodies, including in the infrastructure sector. She will step down from Deloitte in November, having served on the European and UK boards. She also sits as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.

Baroness Ford will join London Gatwick in November and take over from Sir David, who has been chair since 2017. Sir David will remain on the board as a non-executive director.

Baroness Ford said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role and look forward to working closely with shareholders VINCI Airports and Global Infrastructure Partners, the Airport CEO Stewart Wingate and the executive team. London Gatwick is an important piece of our national infrastructure and has exciting plans for the future. It’s important Gatwick continues to deliver good service levels, whilst working closely with all its stakeholders whether that’s on day-to-day operational plans or more strategically to facilitate long-term sustainable growth and economic benefits for the region.”

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