Specialist non–executive directors and chair required for Gloucestershire Airport Board

Published on 22nd November 2017

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An outstanding opportunity is now available for three non-executive directors to join Gloucestershire Airport Limited (GAL). 

One of the candidates appointed to the three new independent roles will also be chair of the airport board.

The local airport – jointly owned by Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council - is the busiest airport for general aviation in the UK. It handled over 85,000 aircraft movements in 2016, of which just over 1,300 were commercial scheduled or charter services.

In order to strengthen governance arrangements, the shareholding councils wish to appoint three independent specialist non-executive directors with the appropriate skills and experience to contribute to driving the airport business forward. Candidates will be chosen for their relevant experience related to airport operations and management, and/or legal, commercial, financial management in order to improve the commercial and financial performance of the airport.

It is envisaged that the time commitment will be a minimum of 2 days per month allowing for attendance at board meetings and preparation. There may be a greater initial commitment in the early months to ensure familiarity with the airport and its operations.

Councillor Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said: ‘’This is an ideal opportunity for three people to use their strategic business skills to shape, champion and drive the future direction and governance of Gloucestershire Airport. One of those appointed will also take on the important role of chair of the airport board.’’

Councillor David Norman MBE, cabinet member for performance and resources at Gloucester City Council, said: “As shareholders, ourselves and Cheltenham Borough Council want to make sure that Gloucestershire Airport has the right people in place to further develop its place in the local economy.

‘’This is an opportunity for experienced individuals to make their mark on a major local business. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to use their experience to help the airport thrive now, and into the future.”

Remuneration will be £6,000 per annum for the chair and £4,000 per annum for the specialist non-executive directors. It is anticipated that appointments will be for a period of 3 years initially.

Anyone interested in undertaking this challenging but rewarding role can find a copy of the recruitment pack and application form at www.gloucestershireairport.co.uk/ContactUs/Vacancies.aspx. Applications can be made until 5 p.m. on 1st December.


For press enquiries contact: Katie Sandey, communications and web team leader, telephone 01242 775037 or email: communications@cheltenham.gov.uk