Gatwick Airport welcomes two new appointments to the Executive Management team

Posted: 7 February 2012 | Gatwick Airport | No comments yet

Willie McGillivray & Derek Hendry have joined the executive management team…


Gatwick Airport is pleased to announce that Willie McGillivray and Derek Hendry have joined the executive management team.

Willie McGillivray joined the executive management team last December as Product Development Director responsible for identifying and developing new products and services that best meet the different customer needs. Willie’s role is instrumental in helping Gatwick differentiate itself significantly from other airports as it competes to grow and become London’s airport of choice.

Products that are primarily about capital investment will be delivered through a construction function focused on outstanding delivery, led by Derek Hendry in his role as Construction Director.

Derek joined Gatwick in January 2012 and has responsibility for delivering the £1.2 billion investment programme. Around £20 million is currently being invested each month to provide the right facilities for passengers and airlines. Following the change of ownership two years ago, Gatwick has invested around £700 million in the airport.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport said: “I’m delighted to welcome both Willie and Derek to the executive management team. We have many exciting plans for the airport that will help us achieve our ambition to compete to grow to become London’s airport of choice.

“To do this however, we must differentiate Gatwick from all other airports and put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We need to ensure we introduce game-changing products that meet our different customer needs and create the right environment and ambiance to deliver a consistently outstanding customer experience. Willie and Derek both have the experience and drive to make that happen.”

About Derek Hendry

Derek joins Gatwick from Peel Ports where he was the Group Capital Projects Director leading the development of the Port of Liverpool, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway Ports and Clydeport. Prior to this, Derek led development projects for BAA at their Scottish Airports, delivering major projects such as terminal and pier expansions at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports and runway resurfacing at Edinburgh. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and is a Professional Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

About Willie McGillivray

Willie was appointed Product Development Director in December 2011. He has been at Gatwick since February 2006 and has performed a number of operational and development roles, most recently leading the Six Sigma change team. Willie joined Gatwick from Kimberly-Clark Europe where he led the supply chain restructuring for the business-to-business division. Previously he worked in operations management with Coats Viyella and shipbuilding with GEC Marine. Willie has a degree in business economics and a MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

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