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Derek Provan, Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports

Derek Provan joined AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 16 April 2018.

Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years of experience in aviation and joined AGS from Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, where he was latterly Chief Operating Officer.

During his time at Heathrow, Derek also held the position of Director, Future Heathrow. He was responsible for the future design of an expanded Heathrow to include surface access, terminals, airfield and airspace design and the creation of the hub’s master plan and future operating models.

Derek joined Heathrow in 2013 having spent three years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport where he went on to hold a series of senior roles. He has a BSc in Fire Risk Engineering, Masters Degrees in Risk Management and Business Management and Research.

Derek is active in numerous aviation forums within the UK and is a founding member of the Performance Based Regulation Industry Group working with the CAA to ensure that the industry forms an integral part of future regulation in UK Aviation.

Gillian Bruton, Chief Financial Officer

Gillian qualified with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and completed her Chartered Accounting qualification with PWC in Glasgow.  She then spent three years working as an International Internal Auditor with Thorn EMI, based near London.  In 1998 Gillian joined Polaroid , where she held various finance roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as group Finance Director from 2007 to 2013 for the Polaroid Eyewear division, which manufactured and sold Polaroid Eyewear branded sunglasses globally.  In May 2013 she was appointed as Finance Director for Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd the group which owns and operates 11 airports around Scotland, including Inverness and Sumburgh airports.  This was a joint appointment with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.  Gillian joined the AGS Executive in November 2020.

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer

Matt joins AGS with more than 20 years of experience in the Aviation Industry. He started his career in easyJet, working in the airport development and procurement fields before moving to Budapest to take on the role of Head of Network and Scheduling at Wizz Air. Following 3 year at Wizz Matt worked in several Senior Network Strategy role in Norwegian and spent 2 years in Barcelona advising on the sale of Spanair. He also spent 4 years working at Gatwick Airport as the Head of Airline Relations.

Matt joined AGS in 2021 and is currently the Chief Commercial Officer.

Board of Directors

Lena Wilson CBE, Chair

Lena Wilson is one of the UK’s most senior business figures, serving as a Chair or Non-Executive on a range of PLCs and other organisations across a variety of sectors. She has had a 35-year international career in economic development and business, serving as Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise from November 2009 until October 2017 and prior to that Chief Executive of Scottish Development International.

As a Senior Investment Advisor to the World Bank in Washington DC, Lena advised the governments of developing countries around the world on foreign direct investment and private sector development. Lena has also served as a member of Scotland's Financial Services Advisory Board and as Chair of Scotland's Energy Jobs Taskforce. A visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Lena received a CBE for her services to economic development in Scotland in June 2015.

Andy Carlisle, Head of Portfolio Management at Ferrovial Airports

Andy has nearly 30 years of experience from across the world in the transport sector. He started his airports career at Jacobs Consultancy, initially in capacity analysis and simulation modelling, before advising clients in the emerging airport transaction market and spending nearly 3 years in the USA. After returning to the UK in 2006, Andy joined Macquarie before returning to management consultancy, heading both the ICF SH&E and the LeighFisher airports advisory UK practices. In 2016, he established AirPort360 to provide airport investors with an independent perspective and all-round business planning advice. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Kingston Polytechnic and a Master of Science in Transport Planning and Management from the Polytechnic of Central London.

María Casero, Asset Management, People, Comms & CSR Director at Ferrovial Airports and Ferrovial Power Infrastructure

María oversees the acquisition, ownership and management of the division’s international assets, with a particular focus on people, communications, and CSR strategy. She is also a non-executive director of Heathrow Airport Holdings and AGS Airports (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton).

María has over 32 years' experience in the aeronautical industry in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Having held a variety of roles in a range of relevant businesses, she takes a holistic view of the sector. She instinctively takes account of the product, the infrastructure, the service providers and the distribution channels.

María's career began as an Accounting Manager at American Airlines. She then spent 14 years with British Airways, eventually becoming its HR Director for Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2006, she moved to Carlson Wagonlit Spain as Human Resources and Internal Communications Director, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Mediterranean Area.

In 2008 she joined us to lead our Human Resources and Communication function. As a member of the Executive Committee, María coordinates the people and communication activity for assets managed by the division. She also takes the lead on these issues for all investment opportunities pursued by the division.

María is a member of Ferrovial's Academic Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and is a World Business Partner at the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

Academic Background

Bachelor’s degree in Law from Universidad San Pablo CEU
Executive MBA and Executive Certified Coach from IE Business School

Ignacio Castejón, Asset Management Director and CFO at Ferrovial Airports and Ferrovial Power Infrastructure

Ignacio takes the lead on economic and financial matters for the division, and on the management of our airports and power transmission lines. As well as being a board member for AGS Airports (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton) and for Heathrow Airport Holdings, he has academic responsibilities. He is a lecturer at the IE and ICADE, two of the world's top business schools, and serves as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board at Cranfield University.

Ignacio's career began at Linklaters, where he was an Associate Lawyer. He then spent nine years in senior positions within the banking sector – at Banco Popular Español, HSBC, and finally as a Director of Royal Bank of Scotland.

The move to Ferrovial Airports came in 2012, when Ignacio became Project Director for Corporate Development. From there it was a logical step to Commercial Director and responsibility for identifying potential partners and potential investment opportunities in the airport sector.

Before he assumed his current role, Ignacio spent two years as CEO and board member of Great Hall Partners in Denver to manage the Denver International Great Hall Project.

Academic Background

BA in Business and Law (E-3) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE
MBA from IESE Business School

John Bruen, Senior Managing Director (MIRA), Head of Transport Europe

John leads the transport sector team for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited (MIRA) in Europe. In this capacity he leads major transport transactions and the management of the growing portfolio of transport assets in the MEIFs. Recent acquisitions that John has led include AGS Airports, the HES International ports group headquartered in Rotterdam and Farnborough Airport in the UK. John has also led the sale of Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Bristol Airport and APRR (the French toll road network). John is currently a director of AGS Airports, Farnborough Airport and HES International.

John holds both a Bachelor of International Commerce degree and a Masters in International Business from University College Dublin.

Simon Geere, Chief Executive Officer, Farnborough Airport (and Senior Adviser to MIRA)

As Chief Executive Officer of Farnborough Airport, Simon is responsible for all aspects of the business including strategic planning, capital investment and stakeholder management.

Previously, Simon spent 18 years in MIRA’s European transport team in London, where he was responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of some of its major airport and aviation related assets. Simon joined Macquarie in 2002 with a broad commercial background, particularly in on-airport property development and infrastructure planning. He has held directorships at the Arlanda Express, Copenhagen Airports, Bristol Airport, Birmingham Airport, Brussels Airport and Newcastle Airport (holding the role of chairman at several of these), and has been an Executive Director at Luton Airport.

Jim O’Sullivan FREng CEng, Senior Adviser to MIRA

Jim served as Chief Executive at Highways England from 2015 to 2021 where he led the successful delivery of the Government’s first Road Investment Strategy including the delivery of a £13bn capital programme, major advances in safety, and a new focus on treating road users as customers.

Prior to this he was with Heathrow Airport Holdings where he was Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport and oversaw the sale of their regional airports.

He spent nine years in senior roles in utilities including at National Grid and at Eon. He was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the ORR, for 4 years.

At British Airways he held a number of operational and engineering posts, including Chief Engineer for Concorde, and the Programme Vice President for the B777 while based in the U.S.

Jim is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Major Projects Association and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He holds a degree in Air Transport Engineering at City University in London, an MBA from Lancaster and he is an Alumni of the Senior Executive Programme at M.I.T in Boston USA.

Local Management

Steve Szalay, Operations Director, Southampton Airport

Steve joined Southampton Airport in June 2020. Born In South Shields, he has a wealth of aviation and military experience. After a degree in Mathematics & Computing, Steve joined the Army as an officer and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In a 21 year career with tours across the world, Steve was Commanding Officer of 6 CS Bn REME.

In aviation, Steve has taken up senior executive roles in both Ground Handling and an Airline. Firstly with dnata as VP at LHR and LGW, then with as Director Ground Operations. He was then Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport from November 2018 to June 2020. These roles have given Steve exposure to a wide array of airline, handling and airport models.