The London City Airport Team
London City Airport is owned by a consortium, made up of AIMCo, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and Wren House Infrastructure Management. Representatives from each of these organisations sit on the Board of Directors, which is responsible for setting the long-term strategy for the airport and provides oversight of performance to ensure it meets its objectives.
Board of Directors
Rob Holden CBE, Chairman of the Board
Rob Holden has led the London City Airport Board of Directors since November 2018. He has vast experience and expertise in delivering transport and infrastructure projects, as former Chairman for High Speed 1 (HS1), Eurostar UK Ltd and two years serving as Chief Executive Officer of Crossrail. He is currently Chairman of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) and holds non-executive roles at Electricity North West, EDF (for the Sizewell C Project), and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport
Robert Sinclair joined London City Airport as Chief Executive Officer in October 2017, bringing a broad range of airport management and general business experience with him to the role.
Prior to his role at LCY, Robert was CEO of Bristol Airport for nine years between 2008 and 2017. During that time Robert worked with his senior management team to lead the business through the recession in the UK, achieving record passenger volumes, securing a comprehensive planning approval to expand the airport and completing a significant development programme.
Prior to his role at Bristol Airport, Robert was Chief Financial Officer at Auckland Airport with responsibility for the finance, strategy, corporate affairs and IT divisions at New Zealand’s international gateway airport.
Robert is a qualified lawyer and chartered accountant with a background in professional services and banking, and has worked in Auckland, Sydney, New York, Hong Kong and London. He is a Board member of the Airport Operator’s Association (AOA), the UK’s airport trade association, and Airport’s Council International (ACI) Europe, Europe’s airport trade association.
Wilma Allan, Chief Financial Officer, London City Airport
Wilma Allan joined London City Airport as Chief Financial Officer in January 2018 following 19 years as a Finance Director/CFO in the rail industry, including her previous role of CFO for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
During her tenure at GTR, Wilma focussed on people development, continuous improvement and complex contractual negotiations. She has over 20 years’ experience in finance, procurement, systems and IT management across transport/automotive, oil, and nuclear industries.
Wilma is originally from Scotland and has a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Aberdeen University.
Eric Machiels, Director (OMERS)
Eric Machiels joined OMERS Infrastructure’s London office in October 2017. As Managing Director, Asset Management, his main focus is to drive value growth within OMERS portfolio companies at the board and senior executive level, while drawing on his prior executive background in turning around and growing private equity-owned companies. He also supports the OMERS transaction teams at the asset acquisition stage.
Prior to his position at OMERS Infrastructure, Eric served for eight years as CEO of Infinis Energy, a U.K. renewable energy company owned by Terra Firma Capital Partners, which joined the London FTSE-250 following its IPO. Eric also held executive turnaround positions with two portfolio companies owned by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the U.S. private equity firm.
Eric has a Licentiate in Law from the University of Leuven (Belgium), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prateek Maheshwari, Director (OMERS)
Prateek joined OMERS Infrastructure in 2019 as a Managing Director based in London and leads investment efforts in transport and renewable energy infrastructure. Prior to joining OMERS, Prateek was a Senior Principal with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for 12 years, where he has worked in the power, energy and transport sectors across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Before GIP, he worked as an investment banker with Dresdner Kleinwort, Barclays Capital and ICICI Bank in M&A, leverage and project finance, debt capital markets and derivative structuring.
Prateek has a Bachelor of Engineering with a specialisation in Electrical and Industrial Electronics from Pune University. He also has a Masters in Finance from London Business School and an MBA from HEC Paris.
Greg Pestrak, Director (Wren House Infrastructure)
Greg is a Managing Director at Wren House Infrastructure, where his focus is on Asset Management across the portfolio. Prior to joining Wren House in July 2017, Greg was a Partner in KPMG’s Global Strategy Group based in the UK, where he was the Infrastructure lead since 2009. In this role, he worked with Infrastructure investors, where he led value creation reviews with management teams across a number of global portfolio companies. Greg has over 17 years consulting experience, working with Investors and Corporates to drive performance improvement.
Prior to his career in consulting, Greg worked in Finance with Rothschild Asset Management and Jardine Fleming Asset Management in Hong Kong and the UK. Greg holds a Sloan Fellowship Masters in Management from the London Business School and B.A. from The University of King’s College, Canada.
Mel Ewell, Director (Wren House Infrastructure)
Mel Ewell has a business career that has spanned over 35 years, the last 15 of which he has spent as CEO of leading UK public and regulated services provider, Amey. He previously held a number of senior management positions for TNT International, Xerox and ADI Group.
In addition to London City Airport, Mel Ewell is a Non-Executive Director of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, SIG plc and The Manufacturing Technology Centre Limited. He is also a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
David Stanton, Director (Ontario Airports Investments)
David has 20 years’ global experience in aviation strategy, finance and operations. As Managing Director for (OAIL) he sits on the Board of Directors for Birmingham Airport and for Copenhagen Airport, where he is Deputy Chairman as well as Chairman of the Copenhagen Airport Audit and Risk Committee. In addition, he is a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee for HS1 Ltd.
Prior to this, David was a Board Member of Bristol and Brussels Airports. He has also worked with BBA Aviation plc as Corporate Development Director, in addition to roles with the Brussels Airport Company, Macquarie, SG Hambros and PwC.
Jamie Adam, Director (Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan)
Jamie Adam, CFA, joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and is a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Infrastructure team. He was involved in numerous transactions including the acquisitions of Essbio, Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airports and Sydney Desalination Plant and the newly acquired Westerleigh Crematorium.
Jamie currently sits on the board of London City and Westerleigh. Before joining Ontario Teachers' he worked in private equity in Toronto. Jamie earned a BA (Honours) in Political Science and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, both at the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Adam Harbora, Director (AIMCo)
Adam Harbora joined Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) in 2012 and is a member of Infrastructure team covering European investments. He focuses primarily on investments in long-lived, regulated or highly contracted, infrastructure assets and has been involved in some of AIMCo’s highest profile investment initiatives, including the acquisition of Porterbrook (UK rolling stock leasing), London City Airport and Eolia Renovables (Spanish renewables).
Adam currently sits on the board of Porterbrook, London City Airport and Eolia Renovables. Prior to AIMCo, Adam worked for both BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital in their respective energy investment banking groups. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Ross Clemmow, Director (AIMCo)
Ross Clemmow is Managing Director of Bridgepoint, in the firm’s Operational Support Group. Ross started his career with Procter & Gamble in Marketing before joining Bain & Company as a consultant. Following Bain, Ross held a number of operational roles in private equity portfolio companies before joining Argos as eCommerce Director and then moving on to become Managing Director at Debenhams plc. Ross has a Masters degree in Engineering from Imperial College London.
Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operating Officer
Alison FitzGerald was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at London City Airport in September 2016, having joined the airport as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2014.
As COO, Alison has responsibility for the overall airfield operation, security, passenger proposition as well as for the delivery of all technology services to the business, including the forthcoming Digital Air Traffic Control Tower.
Prior to this, Alison was CIO at the Financial Times where she was responsible for both print and digital technology. Before joining the FT, Alison spent 16 years at Abbey/Santander where she held a number of senior management technology positions.
She holds a professional Non-Executive Director qualification and has been a Governor on the Board of the University of Bedfordshire since November 2012 where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer
Richard Hill joined as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at London City Airport in January 2017. In this role he has overall responsibility for commercial airline relationships and all other commercial activity including retail, food and beverage, parking, media sales, marketing, and e-commerce.
Richard previously worked for British Airways for over eight years, most recently in the capacity of Finance Director for both BA Gatwick and BA CityFlyer. During his time at BA CityFlyer, which operates a network of UK domestic and European routes, Richard oversaw the subsidiary through a period of outstanding 80% growth over the course of five years.
As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Richard also contributed to the successful acquisition and integration of bmi into British Airways, the sale of bmi Regional, the merger of BA with Iberia, and the setup of International Airlines Group (IAG).
Michael Spiers, Chief People Officer
Michael was appointed Chief People Officer (CPO) at London City Airport in May 2016, having joined the airport as HR Director in May 2013. Prior to this he was Head of HR for Nuclear and Renewable Energy at Centrica Energy and also held the role of Head of HR for the Centrica Group.
Previously Michael spent 15 years with Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd where he worked in various Retail HR roles before completing his final five years there as HR Business Partner to the Trading and Commercial divisions.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD) and holds a Masters degree in Human Resources, Employment Law and Chemistry. He has been a Governor of the Aylward Academy since 2014 and chairs the Achievement and Standards Committee there.