Board of Directors
Roy Griffins CB, Chairman
Roy Griffins has been Chairman of Docklands Aviation Group Limited since 1 January 2007. Previously, Roy had a thirty-year career in the British civil and diplomatic service, mostly in international, transport and environment posts. He served as the UK's Director of Railways from 1996 to 1999 and Director General of Civil Aviation from 1999 to 2004. Additionally he was Director General of the Airports Council International in Brussels and chaired the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission.
Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer
Declan Collier joined London City Airport as Chief Executive Officer in March 2012. Prior to his appointment he was Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), April 2005 to 2012. During this time he oversaw the successful delivery of a £1 billion capital investment programme to modernise the aviation gateways to Ireland, a successful expansion of the DAA’s international airports business and growth in the financial performance of the group.
Before joining the DAA, Declan worked with ExxonMobil, where he held a number of senior executive positions in Ireland and the UK. In his last role at ExxonMobil, he had responsibility for the management of a number of key global businesses in the alternative fuels sector, in addition to the management of the company’s European district heating businesses.
He is President of Airports Council International (Europe), the representative body for European airports and a member of the World Board of the Airports Council International. He has been a Non Executive Director of Allied Irish Banks Ltd (AIB) since January 2009. A native of Dublin, he has a Masters Degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.
Patrick Burrows, Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Burrows joined London City Airport in 2011. He is a chartered accountant and most recently held the position of Group Finance Director at New Look, where he led the finance streams of New Look’s 2010 Initial Public Offering process. Patrick previously spent 13 years at Tesco, where he gained a breadth of customer focused experience, holding Finance Director roles in parts of the business as diverse as UK Convenience and Tesco Thailand. He also spent two years as a Procurement Director and delivered £45m of savings.
Scott Hatton, Non-Executive Director
Scott Hatton, based in the US, is an Operating Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of GIP. Prior to GIP, Scott spent 14 years with General Electric (GE) in five separate operating divisions, including Transportation, Aircraft and Plastics. Critical GE leadership roles included a 2-year overseas assignment as CFO of Asia/Pacific for the Transportation division and a financial integration leader for a $12 billion integration effort in the Plastics division. After leaving GE in 2002, Scott held two senior financial leadership positions within Honeywell as CFO of their $4b global transportation operating division and their $10b global Automation & Control operating division before assuming the top financial officer position of Sypris Solutions, a publicly-held technology and industrial solutions provider.
Mehrdad Noorani, Non- Executive Director
Mehrdad Noorani, based in London, is a Partner of GIP. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of Airport Finance at GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). Prior to joining GE, Mr. Noorani was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston and a senior member of the firm’s Transportation and Logistics Group in London, which he joined in 1991.
Gary Pritchard, Non- Executive Director
Gary Pritchard, based in the US, is an Operating Partner of GIP. Prior to joining GIP, Gary was Vice President and General Manager, Manufacturing for SABIC Innovative Plastics, formerly GE Plastics. Before leading manufacturing for GE Plastics, he served as Vice President of Operations for GE Silicones where he led major process improvement and restructuring efforts to improve Plastics’ and Silicones’ competitive positions and significantly increase their capital efficiency. Gary has over 31 years of experience in process improvement, asset optimization and restructuring, work process re-design, environment, health and safety, capital planning and project execution.
James Kowalishin, Non- Executive Director
James Kowalishin joined Highstar Capital as a Senior Advisor in 2008 and became a Partner in 2009. He is Co-Head of Investments & Asset Management and serves on Highstar Capital’s Investment Committee and Management Committee. Prior to joining Highstar, Mr. Kowalishin worked extensively with the Highstar Team as Managing Director of Banque AIG in London and was a director of Hambros in London.
Emmett McCann, Non- Executive Director
Emmett McCann joined Highstar in 2009 and has over 13 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and finance. Prior to joining Highstar, he was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he helped lead the firm's infrastructure effort in Europe. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he was a member of Goldman Sachs' North American infrastructure investment banking team.
Other Senior Management
Darren Grover, Chief Operating Officer
Darren joined London City Airport to set up and manage the Jet Centre which has seen a 400% increase in movements in the first five years. He later transferred to the role of Director, Ramp Services, where he was responsible for over 200 staff working at the heart of the airport's operations. In his role as COO, Darren reports to the Airport's Chief Executive and oversees the day-to-day running of the Airport including terminal services, safety, aerodrome operations, engineering, projects, property, sales and the Jet Centre.
Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer
Matthew Hall was appointed Chief Commercial Officer for London City Airport in March 2011. He has overall responsibility for commercial airline relationships and all other commercial activity including retail, food and beverage, parking, advertising, marketing, PR and e-commerce. Prior to this, Matthew spent five years as Vice President of Airline and Supplier Business Development at Cendant Travel and Distribution Services, later known as Travelport, following the demerger of Cendant, where he was responsible for the sale of technology and distribution services to airline, hotel, car hire, and rail customers. Before joining Cendant in 2006, Matthew spent fourteen years in the airline sector with United Airlines then with American Airlines where his most recent position was Managing Director Sales, Marketing & Reservations for Europe, Middle East & Africa.
The Walker Guidelines set the following standard for compliance by a portfolio company: Acquired by one or more private equity firms in a secondary or other non-market transaction where enterprise value at the time of the transaction was in excess of £350 million (reduced from £500 million) and more than 50% of revenues were generated in the UK or UK employees totalled in excess of 1,000 full-time equivalents. See reports below.