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About AGS

About AGS

AGS Airports Limited is jointly held by Ferrovial (via Faero UK Limited) and AGS Airports International Sarl (a Luxembourg company that is majority owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 and managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited). Derek Provan is the CEO. 

Macquarie and Ferrovial have a long and successful history of partnering with each other across a number of infrastructure projects, with partnerships in airports including Bristol Airport and Sydney Airport.

Both partners have developed extensive knowledge of aviation and have excellent contacts globally.

With more than two decades of experience developing and owning essential infrastructure around the world, Macquarie partners with governments and communities to manage assets that underpin economies including roads, airports, utilities, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Managing investments on behalf of institutional investors, Macquarie is one of the world’s leading airport owners via its managed funds. Today, Macquarie leverages its deep operational and financial expertise to manage stakes in airports around the world (Aberdeen, Brussels, Cairns, Glasgow, Gold Coast, Hobart, Longreach, Mackay, Mount Isa, Perth, Southampton and Townsville). For more information visit www.macquarie.com

Ferrovial has been associated with the aviation industry since 1998 and in that time has invested in 32 airports across the UK, Italy, Australia, Chile and Mexico, among other countries. For more information visit  www.ferrovial.com

AGS Board of Directors

Sir Peter Mason, Chairman

Sir Peter has been Chairman of Thames Water since December 2006. He retired as CEO of AMEC plc in September 2006, and previously was Chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Limited. Sir Peter was the senior non-executive director of BAE Systems plc until May 2013 and until October 2008 was a board member of the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority. He is currently a Non-Executive member of the Board of Spie SA and Senior Non-Executive Director of Subsea 7 SA.
Sir Peter was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for services to International trade in 2002. He grew up in the Scottish town of Troon, studied at the University of Glasgow and spent the first part of his career working in central Scotland.

Gonzalo Velasco, Director of Business Planning at Ferrovial Airports and member of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports Board

Gonzalo is Director of the Business Planning Department at Ferrovial Airports and member of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports Board. Gonzalo has a long track record in the airport sector. He was responsible for the long term business plan of BAA airports from 2006 to 2008. Subsequently, he was the Project Director of the divestment of Gatwick, Naples, Edinburgh and Stansted airports as well as in acquisition processes like Madrid and Galeao. Prior to his role as Business Planning Director, Gonzalo was a Project Director in the Portfolio Management Department where he lead the transition process for the separation of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton from Heathrow in 2014.

John Bruen, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

John Bruen has 18 years’ banking and infrastructure experience, 12 years of which have been within the airports sector. John heads the Transport industry group at MIRA in Europe. Prior to joining Macquarie, John was Corporate Development Director at Ferrovial from 2005 to 2013 responsible for M&A activity at Ferrovial Aeropuertos and BAA Limited. Previously John was at RBC Capital Markets in London focused on infrastructure financing. John is a board director at Brussels Airport and Copenhagen Airport and formerly was a board director at Bristol Airport.

Iñaki García Bilbao, CFO, Ferrovial Airports

Iñaki García Bilbao is the Chief Financial Officer of Ferrovial Airports and is responsible for all financial aspects of the division.
Iñaki joined Ferrovial in 1996 as Head of the Department of International Administration, and at a later stage he moved on to Manager of Planning and Control of Ferrovial Agroman, a position he held until 2011. He spent 3 years between 2000 and 2003 in Poland, where he held the position of Director of Planning and Control and Deputy CFO of Budimex. Prior to joining Ferrovial, he Inaki worked at Deloitte as an Auditor.

Juan Bullón, Legal Director, Ferrovial Airports

Juan Bullón is the Legal Director of Ferrovial Aeropuertos. He is responsible for all the legal aspects of the company, with key expertise in acquisitions and divestments.
He joined Ferrovial Airports in 2006, starting his career in Ferrovial Agroman, the group’s construction division, where he was involved in the legal aspects of the acquisition of the Polish company Budimex. In 2005 he joined Cintra, overlooking legal aspects of its US activities.

Simon Geere, Managing Director, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

As Managing Director within MIRA’s European transport team in London, Simon Geere is 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 currently holds directorships at the Arlanda Express and at Copenhagen Airports, where he is Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively. Previously, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Bristol Airport (and Chairman), Birmingham Airport, Brussels Airport, and Newcastle Airport as well as an Executive Director at Luton Airport.

Martyn Booth, Senior Adviser, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Martyn Booth has 30 years of consulting, investment banking, asset management and operational experience working on a range of airport projects across the globe. Martyn joined Macquarie in October 2000 when The Portland Group, the international consulting business which Martyn co-founded in 1994, was acquired by Macquarie.
Since joining Macquarie in 2000, Martyn has played a substantial role in developing Macquarie’s expertise as an investor in airports, is a strategic adviser to Sydney airport and was formerly on the boards of Bristol, Brussels, Copenhagen, Sydney and Rome airports. He also held various roles at BAA, including Director of Corporate Strategy and Head of Finance at Heathrow Airport.

AGS Board of Executives

AGS Airports Ltd Executive Team

Derek Provan, Chief Executive Officer

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

As the second-largest airport group in the UK, AGS carried over 15 million passengers in 2018 and directly supports approximately 10,000 jobs.

Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years’ 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 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. He holds a number of positions outwith AGS Airports including Council Director with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, member of the Airport Operators Association’s board and a member of the Department for Transport’s Aviation Security Council.

Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer

Francois joined Glasgow Airport in 2010 as Commercial Director following four years with the Nuance Group, a leading Swiss-based travel retailer, where he was active in business development, working on various concession tenders and starting operations in both France and Bulgaria. Prior to this Francois was a consultant with Accenture and Bain & Company, advising mainly FMCG and retail companies on strategy and was also involved in due diligence for private equity funds. He holds an MSc in Management from EM Lyon and an MBA from INSEAD.

At AGS Airports, Francois is responsible for all commercial activities (airline business development, retail/parking and real estate…). Francois the Chair of the UK ravel retail Forum (UKTRF) and Vice President Aviation is also Commercial Affairs of the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC).

Mark Johnston, Managing Director, Glasgow Airport

Mark joined Glasgow Airport as Continuous Improvement Project Manager in 2004. He then went on to hold a number of different roles within the airport operation, including Head of Terminal and Security, Head of Infrastructure and Technical services and latterly Operations Director, before being appointed Managing Director in May 2018.  

Mark has a BA Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and also an MBA from Glasgow University. He is responsible for leading and developing Glasgow Airport - a high profile, complex business that supports over 5,000 jobs, involves multiple private and public stakeholders and is a critical part of Scotland’s transport infrastructure

Steve Szalay, Managing Director, Aberdeen International Airport

Steve joined Aberdeen International Airport in November 2018. 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 held senior executive roles, firstly with dnata as VP at Heathrow and Gatwick, then with Jet2.com as Director Ground Operations. These roles have given Steve exposure to a wide array of airline, handling and airport models. Steve holds a MSc in Modelling and Simulation from Cranfield University and a MA in Defence Studies.

Neil Garwood, Managing Director, Southampton Airport

Neil joined Southampton Airport in 2010 following six years in the rail freight sector. 

Becoming a member of the senior management team in 2011, over the next few years Neil led the airport to be consistently ranked as the top UK airport for customer satisfaction in the Airport Service Quality survey.  During this period Neil was responsible for all airport operations as passenger numbers grew to record levels in 2017.

Neil was appointed Managing Director of Southampton Airport in 2018. He has a BA Honours degree in Business Law from the University of Strathclyde.

Robert Burns, Chief Financial Officer, AGS Airports Ltd.

Robert joined AGS Airports as Chief Financial Officer in September 2016 from Stagecoach Group, the international public transport operator.

Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant with what was then Coopers and Lybrand. He spent 12 years at ScottishPower, holding a number of senior finance roles in both the UK and US, including Finance Director of the UK Energy Management business and Head of Group Finance. 

He joined Stagecoach Group in 2010, becoming Group Treasurer in 2012, with responsibility for financing, financial risk management and lender relationships.

Roger Hunt, Chief HR and Development Officer

Following a career spanning 26 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where Roger had a number of roles across both the Business and HR, he left the position of Global Implementation Manager in 2009 to take up a fresh challenge as Head of Human Resources for the Scottish Prison Service. He joined Aberdeen Airport in 2011 as Head of HR before moving into the operation as Operations Director in 2013. He joined the AGS Executive Committee in January 2015 and his current responsibilities as Director for HR, Capital and Innovation

 

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