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 Benns, 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.