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The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee develops and recommends to the Board, medium and long-term business development strategies. They ensure the delivery of agreed strategies by providing guidance, approvals, governance and monitoring.

Colin Matthews, Chief Executive Officer

Colin was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He is an experienced FTSE100 CEO who has led a number of service and industrial businesses in several countries. Prior to joining the Company, Colin was Group Chief Executive of Severn Trent plc, Managing Director of BA Engineering for British Airways plc, and later Executive Director of Lattice Group plc and Group Chief Executive of Hays Group plc.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey plc.

Ian Ballentine, Procurement Director

Prior to joining Heathrow as the Procurement Director in November 2012, Ian has held senior positions within procurement across a number of large infrastructure organisations. Ian not only brings with him a wealth of procurement knowledge, but also his broader experience as the Thames Water Engineering Projects Director delivering a £500m per annum construction programme, and more recently as the Network Rail Transformation Director successfullydeveloping and delivering a £3Bn business change programme.

Normand Boivin, Chief Operating Officer

Normand Boivin joined Heathrow as Chief Operating Officer on 29 August 2011. Normand's most recent post was Operations Director for Aéroports de Montréal and brings almost 30 years’ experience of the aviation industry. He started his career in 1982 as an air traffic controller for Transports Canada, and has held several positions in the Canadian airport management sector including Vice-President Operations of Montreal’s two international airports; Facilities Development Director at Montreal Dorval Airport and General Manager at Quebec City Airport.

Neil Clark, Chief Information Officer

Neil was appointed Chief Information Officer in August 2012 with responsibility for developing and delivering Information Technology. He joined the Company in May 2009 having previously worked in the aviation industry for over 20 years for British Airways. He has a sound track record in the commercial application of IT to drive business transformation across many parts of airline and airport operations.

Emma Gilthorpe, Regulatory Director

Emma was appointed as Regulatory Director in September 2009. She was previously BT plc's Group Director of Industry Policy and Regulation and has held a number of other senior regulatory and public policy roles in Cable and Wireless. Emma is also a non-executive director of South East Water Limited.

Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director

Clare was appointed Corporate Affairs Director in July 2011. She was previously Director of Communications at the Ministry of Justice and was responsible for all external and internal communications. Before that she was Head of Communications for German-owned energy company, E.ON and was responsible for all communications across the UK.

John Holland-Kaye, Development Director

John was appointed to this role in November 2012. He joined the Company as Commercial Director in May 2009. He was previously Divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey PLC, having held a number of positions including Operations Director of Taylor Woodrow Developments and Commercial Director of Taylor Woodrow Inc. Prior to that, John was Managing Director, National Sales Division, of Bass Brewers, and has also worked as a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting for a number of high-profile businesses.

Carol Hui, General Counsel

Carol was appointed General Counsel in March 2009. Prior to joining the Company, she was a Board Director and the General Counsel of Amey plc. She has held the positions of Group Legal Director of TDG plc and Deputy General Counsel of BG plc and was previously with Slaughter and May. She was awarded European General Counsel of the Year in 2008. Carol is a Non-Executive Director of Robert Walters plc and a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Action for Blind People.

José Leo, Chief Financial Officer

José was appointed  Chief Financial Officer in September 2006. Prior to joining the Company, he was Group Finance Director of Amey plc and former Managing Director of Ferrovial Telecomunicaciones, responsible for managing Ferrovial's investments in the telecommunication sector. José was also a Director of the Spanish telecommunication operators ONO and UNI2, and Chief Finance Officer and Business Development Manager at the Spanish construction company Agroman.

Fidel Lopez, Commercial Director

Fidel was appointed Commercial Director in November 2012. Fidel joined the Company in January 2011 as Managing Director, Airports Division. He was previously Corporate Development Director at Ferrovial Servicios, the services arm of our majority shareholder. Fidel has direct experience of airport operations through his role on the board of Swissport. He has also gained experience in the UK market through his roles on the executive committee of Amey and the board of Tube Lines. Prior to joining Ferrovial, Fidel worked in regulated industries in Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

Jim O'Sullivan, Managing Director, Airports Division

Jim O’Sullivan was appointed Managing Director, Airports Division in October 2012. He was previously Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport. Prior to this, Jim spent 14 years at British Airways including time as Chief Project Engineer for the Boeing 777, General Manager of Concorde, and finally Technical and Quality Director. More recently he has undertaken operational and executive roles at National Grid, Welsh Water and Eon. Jim also holds a BSc in Air Transport Engineering from City University, an MBA from Lancaster and is an alumnus of the Senior Executive Programme at MIT, Boston.

Paula Stannett, HR Director

Paula was appointed to HR Director in January 2013. She has worked at Heathrow for 13 years, most recently as HR Director for our Airports Division and Support Services and previously as programme lead for Heathrow's Winter Resilience. Paula has a strong record of engaging staff to successfully put in place organisational change and improvement.

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