MAG Executive Committee

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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.


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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.


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Karen Smart

Managing Director, East Midlands Airport

Karen Smart joined East Midlands Airport as Managing Director in April 2018.  She previously held several senior operational roles at London Stansted Airport. Joining Stansted in June 2014, she was appointed as the Customer Services and Security Director. Karen then became the Asset Management Director in 2016, responsible for ensuring that the Airport infrastructure meets the demands of its customers.

Karen started her career in the Royal Air Force, initially as an aircraft engineer before retraining as an air traffic controller.  After over 20 years in the RAF she joined Serco, carrying out numerous roles culminating as Partnership Director of their Defence and Aviation business.


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

Chief Strategy Officer, MAG

Tim Hawkins leads the Group’s strategy, 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.

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Brad Miller

Chief of Staff, MAG

Brad Miller was appointed as MAG’s Chief of Staff in April 2018 and is responsible for MAG’s £650m property portfolio as well its HR, IT, Procurement and other core support functions. As part of this remit, Brad provides leadership to a number of transformation programmes that support MAG’s ambitious growth targets.

Prior to this, Brad was Chief Operating Officer at London Stansted Airport. He has also led Manchester Airport’s £1bn Transformation Programme (MAN-TP), established MAG’s North American business, MAG-USA and before that was Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.

Before joining MAG, Brad delivered a number of mixed-use property development schemes. He is a Chartered Surveyor, has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has held a number of non-executive roles. Brad is a proud vegan and a qualified FA Level 2 youth football coach.