25 March

Roger Lewis appointed next chair of Cardiff Airport

The Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union Roger Lewis has been appointed the next Chair of Cardiff Airport.

Mr Lewis will take up the non-executive position on November 1st 2015 when current Chair Lord Rowe-Beddoe stands down. Mr Lewis announced last month he would be leaving the WRU on October 31st following this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

Announcing the appointment today, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart said: “I am delighted Roger has agreed to take on this important role and to build on the considerable progress both in route expansion and facilities improvement already overseen at Cardiff Airport by Lord Rowe-Beddoe over the past two years.

“Roger brings with him a wealth of experience and business credentials, together with considerable enthusiasm and determination to further develop and improve Cardiff Airport as a vital gateway to Wales for business and leisure travellers. The work he has already undertaken as Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region has shown he is the right person to help us steer our future ambitions at the Airport. The airport is central to our vision of a Cardiff Capital Region that is easily connected to the rest of Europe and the World so to have the same person at the helm of both boards will ensure joined up approach to developing the Airport and the way it serves the wider Cardiff Capital Region.

“I  thank Lord-Rowe Beddoe for his commitment to the Airport since we took ownership two years ago. Recent achievements such as the new Flybe destinations from Cardiff mean the Airport is in a far stronger position now than when we bought it and Lord Rowe-Beddoe has been a key contributor to that success.”

First Minister Carwyn Jones welcomed the appointment. He said: “Roger has done an excellent job as Chief Executive of the WRU over the past nine years and I look forward to him bringing the same level of professionalism and commitment when he takes over the helm at Cardiff Airport.”

Roger Lewis said: “Cardiff Airport is crucial to the economy of Wales both in terms of bringing visitors to our country and enabling easier business links with Europe and the rest of the world. I am thrilled by the appointment and honoured by the confidence being shown in me. I am now looking forward to focussing on the challenges ahead, working together with Welsh Government and the team at the Airport to continue the developments achieved both in the choice for travellers flying from and to Wales as well as in the infrastructure.”

Lord Rowe-Beddoe, who will stand down as Airport Chair on October 31st, said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chair of Cardiff Airport since the Welsh Government purchased  in 2013. The Airport has great potential to connect Wales further  to the rest of the world. It has been a pleasure to lead the executive through the first stages of  development under the ownership of the Welsh Government. Roger will have a committed and skilled team to work with and I wish him continued success in the next phase of development.”