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Roger Lewis announces plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport

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Roger Lewis announces plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport

After a hugely successful four year tenure, Roger Lewis has announced his plan to step down as Chairman of Cardiff Airport on 31st October 2019.
Mr Lewis will take up a new Welsh Government role as President of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, a family of seven museums located throughout Wales.
Reflecting on what has been a transformational period for Cardiff Airport, Roger Lewis has played a pioneering role at a strategic level and chaired the Cardiff Airport Board of Directors since he was appointed in November 2015.
Over the last four years, Cardiff Airport has seen steady passenger growth, welcomed new airlines and more routes and celebrated some significant developments in terms of delivering a sustainable airport business:
  • Cardiff Airport ended the 2018/19 financial year at 1.588 million passengers, which represents 7% year on year passenger growth. This figure follows growth of 9% in 2017 and 16% in 2016. Passenger growth has now reached 60% overall since the Airport came under public ownership in 2013
  • Qatar Airways launched a regular, direct flight between Wales and Qatar which shortly celebrates one year of service. The route, which has opened up a world of connectivity for customers across Wales and the South West of England has also re-positioned Cardiff Airport as a key gateway into the UK for international visitors
  • The Airport posted its first positive EBITDA in 2018(earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) which is a measure of a company's operating performance. This is the first time a positive result has been posted in eight years, improving the year on year result by £897,000. A significant milestone for the Airport’s long term sustainability
  • The Airport unveiled its draft Masterplan for the next 20 years in 2018, which sets out ambitious plans for expansion between now and 2040. These are already being realised with the announcement of a new flight handling operator - Global Trek - which will open its new premises in May 2019
  • On 1st April 2019, St. Athan Aerodrome began a 10 year contractual joint venture between Welsh Government and Cardiff Airport which saw the transfer of airfield operational responsibilities to the Airport team, including maintenance, security, radar services and air traffic control
  • British Airways Maintenance Centre, which employs almost 700 highly skilled staff, has re-affirmed its position at Cardiff Airport with a renewed commitment and the introduction of maintenance on its fleet of Boeing 787, following detailed negotiations between British Airways, Welsh Government and Cardiff Airport
  • KLM celebrated 30 years of flying from Cardiff to its international hub at Amsterdam Schiphol
  • TUI has announced three new routes to Naples, Dubrovink and Hurghada and the addition of 100,000 extra seats into the South Wales market which will all launch over the next two weeks
  • Ryanair has added three new routes to Barcelona, Malta and Malaga for this summer
  • Thomas Cook brought forward it summer season, introduced a larger A321 aircraft and 25% more seats to its Cardiff routes, not to mention a new route to Enfidha, Tunisia.
Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, commented: “Roger has played a vital role in providing strategic leadership and has imparted a wealth of knowledge that has empowered us, as a Board of Directors, to drive the airport business forward and deliver some huge successes.
“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank Roger for his hard work, dedication and for his passion, during what has been a transformational period for Cardiff Airport.”
Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, added: “It has been an honour to be a part of such a dynamic team who have continuously delivered not just for Cardiff Airport, but for Wales.
“Our national airport is in great shape and, whilst we acknowledge there is more work to be done, our journey ahead looks bright. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Cardiff Airport to explore the international opportunities that will, no doubt emerge, in my next Welsh Government role at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.
“I pay sincere tribute to all of the staff at Cardiff Airport for their dedication and service to the people of Wales.”
The search for the next Chairman of Cardiff Airport will begin immediately, with Roger Lewis remaining in his position as Chairman for the next six months and overseeing the transition to his successor.
https://www.cardiff-airport.com/new...-to-step-down-as-chairman-of-cardiff-airport/
 

Comments

#2
That will be a pity. Roger Lewis is certainly media-savvy, unlike the previous chairman Lord Rowe-Beddoe who kept a very low profile.

I remember saying a year or so ago that Roger Lewis at times seemed to be the airport mouthpiece when perhaps it might have been expected to have been the CEO. Nevertheless, he is a first-class 'front of house' person to represent the airport with his engaging personality and gift for getting his public message across in a simple but effective way.

That's not to detract from the excellent CEO, Debra Barber, who seems to be increasingly the voice of CWL in recent months. I was particularly impressed with the presentation of her evidence at one of the sessions at the Welsh Affairs Committee's enquiry into APD devolution.
 

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#3
Debra has seemingly stepped more into the limelight recently while Roger Lewis has been more quieter than before but in Welsh media circles he is well known and popped up on Jason Mohammeds show a few time to do announcements and Q&As.
It will be interesting to see who replaces him and whether that person will be as public figure as him. With Carwyn Jones now not the First Minister i wonder if he could be a candidate? He would have a lot of contacts from his FM days and be a figure known to the Welsh public and media.
With regards to Debra Barber i'm still surprised she hasn't been head hunted by a bigger airport! Luckily for CWL she hasn't!
 
#4
It is a shame that Roger Lewis is stepping down. I echo the sentiments previously mentioned and found that his positivity when discussing airport topic was infectious.

I remember when he first joined it was as if he was performing a speech to rally the troops prior engaging into battle.

I hope the new Chairman will be as positive.
 
#5
So who do people think theWelsh government will replace Roger Lewis with?
A more high profile figure like him?
Or more of a figure that has worked within the industry?
 
#7
Considering the airport is owned by the Welsh government I wonder some sort of political experience would be required? Not so much being a former politician but experience of being part of an organisation that can have a political aspect to it.
 
#8
Considering the airport is owned by the Welsh government I wonder some sort of political experience would be required? Not so much being a former politician but experience of being part of an organisation that can have a political aspect to it.
It really depends how the WG as owners want to play it. Usually the chief executive is the public face of airports when it comes to dealing with the press and public.

I wonder how many BRS followers know the name of the chairman of Bristol Airport for example. Her name is Janis Kong (she calls herself chairman incidentally). She keeps very much in the background and only saw any public exposure when she was acting as interim CEO between Robert Sinclair leaving and Dave Lees arriving. She has a travel, airline and business background.

Debra Barber is an extremely able and experienced CEO and rose to high rank in the RAF (Group Captain) before leaving for civilian pastures. She is quite capable of running the airport and also has a good public manner. The WG might look for a Janis Kong-like figure with great experience of board rooms and business.
 
#9
The WG might look for a Janis Kong-like figure with great experience of board rooms and business.
I'm wondering if they might be better off looking for someone who has connections with certain airlines or travel companies ie Ryanair and Virgin to try and encourage the former to expand more and the other to come to CWL.
 
#10
I'm wondering if they might be better off looking for someone who has connections with certain airlines or travel companies ie Ryanair and Virgin to try and encourage the former to expand more and the other to come to CWL.
It really depends how the WG views the role of the chairman of its airport company vis-a-vis the CEO. Spencer Birns has masses of experience in route development and will have made many airline contacts during his time at CWL, and indeed before that.
 
#11
I agree with TheLocalYokel that the chief executive is normally the figure head. I think Roger Lewis is an intelligent man but also a man who likes the limelight and not many chairmen or women would share the same personality with Roger. I think Debra needs someone who has commercial aviation experience. Someone who has worked closely with the UK airlines and low cost airlines around Europe. Spencer Birns is a good guy but someone to work alongside him with equal experience is paramount.
 

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