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The Board

The Board of Directors of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (“Heathrow” or “the Company”) determines long-term strategy, ensures that the Company acts ethically and has the necessary resources to meet its objectives, monitors performance, and ensures Heathrow meets its responsibilities as a major airport company. View our Board members' and company secretary's brief resumés.

Sir Nigel Rudd, Non-Executive Chairman

Sir Nigel became Non-Executive Chairman in September 2007. He is best known as founder in 1982 of Williams plc, which went on to become one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom until its demerger in November 2000, creating Chubb plc and Kidde plc. He became Non-Executive Chairman of Kidde plc until December 2003. He is Chairman of BBA Aviation plc and Aquarius Platinum Limited and Non-Executive Director of Sappi Limited and Non-Executive Director/Deputy Chairman of Meggitt plc. In February 2011, he also became Chairman of a new £2.5 billion Business Growth Fund set up to invest in and partner hundreds of UK companies that need long term capital to achieve growth. Sir Nigel was knighted in 1996 for services to manufacturing. He became Chancellor of Loughborough University in July 2010 and holds honorary doctorates at both Loughborough and Derby Universities.

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer

John was appointed CEO with effect from 1 July 2014. He joined the company as Commercial Director in May 2009. From November 2012, John was Development Director and was responsible for delivering the £1 billion annual investment in transforming Heathrow, including the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, which opened on 4 June 2014.

He was previously Divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey PLC, having held a number of positions including Operations Director of Taylor Woodrow Developments and Commercial Director of Taylor Woodrow Inc. Prior to that, John was Managing Director, National Sales Division, of Bass Brewers, and has also worked as a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting for a number of high-profile businesses.

Akbar Al Baker, Non-Executive Director

Akbar Al Baker was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2013. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways since 1997. He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar Hamad International Airport (formerly known under the project name New Doha International Airport), which is scheduled to open in phases from April 2013.

Mr. Al Baker is a graduate of Commerce and Economics and holds a private pilot licence. He is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar's national airline - being Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Executive, Oryx Rotana Hotel and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company.

Stuart Baldwin, Non-Executive Director

Stuart Baldwin was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2008. Stuart is Senior Vice President of the Global Infrastructure Group of GIC Special Investments. He is also a Non-Executive Director of UK water company Kelda Holdings Ltd, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Budapest Airport Zrt.

Chris Beale, Non-Executive Director

Chris Beale was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2011. He is the Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners, an independent investment firm with over $7.4 billion in equity commitments to infrastructure investments. Alinda's investors are predominantly pension funds for public sector and private sector employees. Prior to founding Alinda in 2005, he led the world’s largest infrastructure finance business as global head of project finance at Citigroup. He was also global head of project finance at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Professor David Begg, Non-Executive Director

David Begg was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. He has extensive expertise in the transport sector and is a Non Executive Board Member of FirstGroup; Chairman of the Northern Way Transport Compact; Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Commission, Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership, a member of the High Speed Rail 2 External Challenge Group; adviser to the Greater Manchester Transport Executive; Publisher and contributor at Transport Times magazine; and Visiting Professor in Sustainable Transport at Plymouth University.

He was previously Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, an independent advisory body to the Government; and Chairman of Tube Lines, the company responsible for maintenance and upgrade work on three London Underground lines.

Ali Bouzarif, Non-Executive Director

Ali Bouzarif was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2013. He is a Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Qatar Holding, the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority where he joined in 2007. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Miramax and The Chernin Group. Ali sits on the investment committee of the joint-venture between Qatar Holding and Fondo Strategico Italiano ("FSI") as well as the Advisory Committee of BTG Pactual Private Equity Fund. He holds a Masters in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Olivier Fortin, Non-Executive Director

Olivier Fortin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 27 October 2015. He is a director in the CDPQ team based in Paris and is an experienced asset manager and infrastructure investor in the UK and Continental Europe. Previously he was working with AMP Capital, and prior to that with MAp Airports and Macquarie Capital Funds. He has been involved with Brussels, Copenhagen, Bristol, Rome and Newcastle airports. He also sits on the boards of Eurostar, South East Water and the supervisory board of Budapest Airport.

Jorge Gil, Non-Executive Director

Jorge Gil was appointed a Non-Executive Director in December 2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos. Jorge joined the Ferrovial group in 2001, as the Structured Finance Director (until 2007) and then the Corporate and Business Development Director (2007-2010) of Cintra. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Cintra and a Board member of various companies (407-ETR, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road and SH-130).

In November 2010 he joined the financial department of Ferrovial as Capital Markets and Finance Director of Ferrovial, with responsibility for the financing and treasury of the group and for the Investor Relations Department. Jorge began his career in the banking industry at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Spain, working in Corporate Finance and M&A.

Rachel Lomax, Non-Executive Director

Rachel Lomax was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. She has 40 years' experience in policy making, at the heart of the British economy. Rachel served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 until 2008. Before joining the Bank, she was Permanent Secretary of three government departments, including the Department of Work and Pensions and the Welsh Office as well as the Department for Transport. Her earlier career was spent at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the World Bank. Rachel is also a Non-Executive Director of HSBC.

Fidel López, Non Exec Director

Fidel López was appointed a Non Executive Director in September 2014. Fidel López is the Portfolio Management Director of Ferrovial Aeropuertos . Fidel joined Ferrovial in 2007 as the Corporate Development Director of the Services Division; and he was a Board Director at Amey and at Swissport. In 2010, he joined BAA as Managing Director of the Airports Division (Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton). In 2012, he became Executive Commercial Director of Heathrow until August 2014. He is also currently a Board Director at AGS Airports Ltd (Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton).

Ernesto López Mozo, Non-Executive Director

Ernesto López Mozo was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2009. He is Ferrovial’s Chief Financial Officer. Ernesto joined Ferrovial from Telefonica, having previously held positions at JP Morgan and Santander.

Mike Powell, Non-Executive Director

Mike Powell was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. Mike is Head of Private Markets Group of USS Investment Management (USSIM), which is the wholly investment management subsidiary of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). USS is the principal pension fund for the UK university sector with in excess of 250,000 members and approximately £40 billion in assets. USS currently has approximately £10 billion invested across private equity and debt, infrastructure and property. Mike has overall responsibility for the Private Markets Group and is Chairman of the Private Markets Investment Committee. He is also a member of the USSIM Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee. Mike has served as a director on a number of portfolio company boards for USS as well as a number of advisory boards for private equity and infrastructure funds. Mike is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association Limited Partner Advisory Committee.

Qing (King) Zhang, Non-Executive Director

Qing (King) Zhang was appointed a Non-Executive Director in March 2013. He is Managing Director of the Special Investments Department at China Investment Corporation (CIC). Prior to joining CIC in 2009, King served in various senior level positions for Norinco Group in China. He was the Vice President at China ZhenhuaOil Co Ltd from 2004 to 2009.

Previously, he served as General Manager at Norinco Chemicals Ltd from 2001 to 2003, Vice General Manager at Norinco Armsports Ltd from 1998 to 2001 and Vice General Manager at Norconia GmbH from 1996 to 1998. King received his EMBA from School of Business at New York State University in 2003 and his bachelor's degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in 1991.

Carol Hui, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

Carol was appointed General Counsel in March 2009. She is responsible for legal affairs, business assurance, internal audit and risk management.  Prior to joining the Company, she was a Board Director and the General Counsel of Amey plc, Group Legal Director of TDG plc and Deputy General Counsel of BG plc.  She was previously with Slaughter and May.  Carol was awarded European General Counsel of the Year by the International Law Office, and has won other recent awards from the Financial Times, Mulan Foundation, The Lawyer as well as the Legal 500. Carol is a Non-Executive Director of Robert Walters plc and a Board Governor of London South Bank University.

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