Cardiff Airport executive Debra Barber confirmed as interim managing directorPosted: August 22, 2014
By Sion Barry,
Cardiff Airport’s board has appointed Debra Barber as its interim managing director following the announcement earlier this morning that Jon Horne will stand down as chief executive from September 1.
Ms Barber, who joined the airport in 2012 as its director of operations after a distinguished career in the RAF, has made a positive input since her arrival.
Having joined the military in 1984, she spent the first ten years working in and around RAF airfields as an Air Traffic Controller before retiring as Group Captain and Air Traffic Management Force Commander, responsible for all RAF air traffic units in the UK and around the world.
Chair of the airport’s board Lord Rowe Beddoe said: “Ms Barber played a leading role in the commercial development and expansion of Basrah International Airport in Iraq.
“She also had command responsibilities for the military element of the En Route Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick in Hampshire, was directly involved in the UK response to the volcanic ash crisis in 2010, and represented the military air traffic management organisation during preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Ms Barber said: “Our priority is to return the business to its previous level of success and beyond, focusing on increasing passenger numbers and enhancing the number of destinations on offer.
“We want the people of Wales to be proud of their airport and for them, along with visitors to our country, to have a wonderful experience when using it.
“Staff are being trained to ensure the highest standards in customer service and we are paying close attention to every detail. Having received great feedback on the improvements we’ve made so far, I am pleased to have this opportunity to lead the Airport through its continuing transformation.”
Lord Rowe Beddoe, said: “I am delighted that Ms Barber has accepted this position. We are all looking forward to working with her and drawing on her leadership expertise in her new role. Cardiff Airport has made a strong start on the journey back to success and I am sure that Debra will take the business to the next level in its growth.”
Mr Horne returned to Cardiff Airport as chief executive last year after the airport was acquired by the Welsh Government for £52m from Abertis.
He will stand down from the beginning of next month. He was the airport’s chief executive when it was owned by TBI and for short period after it was acquired by Abertis.
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