MAG Executive Committee


Charlie Cornish

Group Chief Executive, MAG

Appointed Group Chief Executive in October 2010.

Prior to joining MAG, Charlie was Managing Director of Utility Solutions, the commercial business of United Utilities (UU) with operations in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia and the Philippines and was a Director of UU PLC. Previously he worked for a number of manufacturing and service companies including Plessey Telecommunications, British Aerospace and ABF.


Neil Thompson ACA, CTA

Chief Financial Officer, MAG

Neil Thompson joined MAG in 2005, being Commercial Finance Director and then Corporate Finance Director, prior to taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer in March 2011.

Neil previously held senior finance roles at The MAN Group and ALSTOM, with responsibility across businesses in the UK, Europe, North America, Canada, India, Singapore and Australia.

Prior to the power generation sector, Neil spent seven years in financial practice, specialising in Corporate Finance and M&A transactions, latterly with PwC.



Andy Cliffe

Managing Director, East Midlands Airport

Andy Cliffe is Managing Director for East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports. Andy is also a Director of MAG USA, MAG’s recently established US business and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.

His recent roles with MAG have included Managing Director (Assets) and Group Strategy Director for MAG where he led the development of the corporate strategy for the Group. In addition he had responsibility for the Group’s innovation agenda, ensuring cross-airport business strategies, short and long term business planning and the external planning function.

A qualified accountant, Andy has worked for the Group since 1999 holding a variety of financial, strategic planning and commercial roles and prior to that has worked in both the commercial property sector and the NHS.


Lynda Shillaw

Chief Executive, MAG Property

Lynda Shillaw joined MAG as Chief Executive Officer for Property in June 2014. At MAG Lynda is responsible for the group’s £640m property investment and development business across its four airports, and MAG’s interest in the £800m Airport City development at Manchester Airport.

Lynda has had a 20+ year career in the property industry holding a number of senior roles including Managing Director of Co-operative Estates, Global Managing Director of Real Estate at Lloyds Banking Group and Property Director at BT.

She has also held executive positions as a pension fund Trustee, an Environment Commissioner, a member of AGMA’s Business Leadership Council and a BT Regional Director. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

500_andrew-cowan-12.jpg (1)

Andrew Cowan

Chief Executive, Manchester Airport

Andrew Cowan joined MAG in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer with overall responsibility for Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports. In 2015 he spent a year as Chief Strategy Officer for the group including Chairing the newly established MAG USA business. In April 2016, Andrew was made Chief Executive of London Stansted Airport and in September 2017 moved to become Chief Executive of Manchester Airport.

Prior to his appointment at MAG, Andrew was Group Chief Executive of Robertson Group, an infrastructure, construction and services company based in Scotland and operating throughout the UK.

Having served on numerous boards, he was previously a director of United Utilities International, United Utilities Electricity Plc and served as a Trustee on the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.


Andrew Harrison

CEO, Airport Services, MAG

Andrew Harrison was appointed CEO, Airport Services in September 2017, and is responsible for developing growth opportunities for MAG. This includes developing new digital capabilities and exploring growth opportunities in new markets. At MAG, he has previously held the roles of Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director of Stansted Airport, and Chief Operating Officer of the Group. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Manchester Airport, a role he held from September 2010, having joined Manchester Airport as Commercial Director in 2005.

Andrew led the £80m redevelopments of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Manchester, the growth of the car park business through new products and distribution channels, and negotiations with key airlines which included bringing the A380 to Manchester.

Prior to joining Manchester Airport, Andrew held a variety of positions during his nine year career with Marks & Spencer in the UK, Europe and the Far East.


Tim Hawkins

Corporate Affairs Director, MAG

Tim Hawkins leads the Group’s public affairs, external communications and CSR teams. He has been with MAG since 2013.

Prior to that, Tim was a part of London Stansted Airport’s senior leadership team with responsibility for economic regulation and long term planning. Tim led the airport’s engagement with the CAA during the regulatory review which led to Stansted being de-regulated.

Before joining Stansted in 2011, Tim held a number of positions with BAA, working on a wide range of regulatory, competition and policy issues.


Ken O'Toole FCA

Chief Executive, London Stansted Airport

Ken O’Toole was appointed as Chief Executive of London Stansted Airport in September 2017. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Manchester Airport.

He spent six years with Ryanair Holdings plc, joining initially as Head of Revenue Management and latterly as Director of New Route Development.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, his previous experience includes Musgrave Group, a leading Irish and UK based retailer and Credit Suisse First Boston.


Collette Roche

Chief of Staff, MAG

Collette Roche was appointed as Chief of Staff in September 2017. Prior to this, she held several group strategy roles across areas such as HR, CIO and transformation, and in 2016 was appointed as Deputy CEO, Manchester Airport.

Collette’s day to day responsibilities include shaping and overseeing the Group’s long-term strategy and the leadership of some corporate functions including: HR, IT, Strategy, Procurement, Engineering Services and Health & Safety.

Collette’s non-executive responsibilities include non-exec Director at JW Lees, Board Member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and membership of the BiTC National Leadership Board.


Louise Ruppel

General Counsel and Company Secretary, MAG