High Speed 2 (HS2) chairman Sir David Higgins will become chairman of Gatwick Airport from 1 January 2017, replacing Sir Roy McNulty who will remain on the board as deputy chairman.
Higgins will remain as chairman for HS2 “for at least 12 months”, said a Gatwick Airport spokesperson.
He also sits as a board member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Previously, he was chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2005 to 2011, and chief executive of Network Rail from 2011 to 2014.
“The progress Gatwick has made over recent years under Sir Roy McNulty’s chairmanship has been remarkable. It is now firmly established as the UK’s second airport and is a vital part of the London airports system,” said Higgins.
“Whilst the case for Gatwick expansion in the future remains very strong, the challenge for Gatwick now is to continue to invest so it can maximise the use of its existing facilities and so can do even more for Britain in the coming years.
“I look forward to working closely with Stewart Wingate and the senior executive team. Their impressive track record to date provides a strong foundation for the future. Uniquely, Gatwick caters for all airline types and I am keen to meet as many of the airlines as possible early in the New Year to hear how best we can continue to work together for the benefit of passengers.”
McNulty added: “I am delighted Sir David has accepted the appointment as the new chairman of Gatwick. We worked closely together for over five years at the Olympic Delivery Authority. He combines a first-class intellect with the ability to give clear strategic direction and make things happen. He is exactly the right person to lead Gatwick through the next chapter in its development.”