Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis, Chairman

Roger Lewis took up his appointment on November 1st 2015. Over a forty year career he has held a number of senior positions in the media, music and sporting sectors, including Group Chief Executive of the WRU and Millennium Stadium, Managing Director of ITV Wales, Managing Director and Programme Controller of Classic FM and a Board Director of its parent company GWR plc, a Managing Director at EMI Records, President of the Decca Record Company and Head of the BBC Radio 1 Music Department. Roger has also held and holds a number of non-executive positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

In 2010/11 he chaired the successful cross-party Yes Campaign in the referendum in Wales and from 2013 until 2015 Chaired the Cardiff Capital Region Advisory Board for the Welsh Government.  

Roger sits on the Advisory board of the D Group, is the Chair of the International Advisory Board of Cardiff University Business School, Chair of the Churchill Lines Charitable Fund, and is a non-executive director of the Racecourse Media Group. 

Deb Barber

Deb BarberChief Executive Officer

Debra Barber joined Cardiff Airport as Operations Director in May 2012 following a successful career with the Royal Air Force.

Having joined the military in 1984, she spent the first ten years working in and around RAF airfields as an Air Traffic Controller before retiring as Group Captain and Air Traffic Management Force Commander, responsible for all RAF air traffic units in the UK and around the world after 28 years’ service.

She held the position of interim Managing Director from September 2014 – December 2015, during which time the Airport saw a significant growth in passenger numbers, a new airline base, new services and successful delivery of major events plus further improvements to the terminal and airfield operations.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Spencer Birns

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director

Since joining the airport in 2006 from Manchester Airport, Spencer commenced his role by heading up the air service development activities and later took on the commercial activities in 2010. In 2013 he was elevated to the board of directors and as Commercial Director is responsible for Cardiff Airport’s income.

With over 25 years’ experience in the commercial aviation industry, Spencer leads the development activities for the airport. His remit is heavily focussed on delivering the Marketing, PR and Sales functions, including the Aeronautical and Commercial income streams for Cardiff Airport.

A key function of his role is to develop passenger growth and present both Cardiff Airport, and Wales as a compelling market for business development which involves educating and encouraging airlines to invest. In turn, delivering a suitable range of destinations and services for consumers to establish Cardiff as their airport of choice.

Huw Lewis

Huw Lewis, Finance Director and Company Secretary

Huw joined the company as Finance Director and Company Secretary on 1st March 2016. He brings with him a wealth of financial and management experience and a proven track record of supporting organisations to achieve strategic objectives through business partnering, development of teams and analytical thinking. 

Huw began his career in auditing roles overseas before moving onto financial management positions in large organisations including GE and the BBC.  Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer at Pure Wafer plc.

 

Geraint Davies

Geraint Davies CBE, Non-Executive Director

Geraint Davies CBE was a Senior Partner for Grant Thornton UK LLP Chartered Accountants in Wales for 25 years. His experience ranges from dealing with Listed and AIM companies through health, education and utilities to SMEs and the third sector. At various times in his career he has been involved with M&A activity, multi-bank fund raising and forensic and investigation work including appearing before the European Court of Justice and Parliamentary Accounts Committee. He is a non-Executive Director of a Listed Company

Committed to the development and furtherance of Wales, he has served and does serve on many boards, including the Royal Welsh College of music and Drama, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Arts Active Trust and Music Theatre Wales. He is the Lead Advisor to the Aberfan Memorial and Education Charities; a role he has held for more than 35 years. 

He was awarded the CBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours for voluntary and charitable services in Wales.

 

Terry Morgan

Terry Morgan, Non-Executive Director

Mr Morgan joined the British Airports Authority (BAA) as a management trainee in 1980 and since then has held a number of senior positions in the airport industry, including the role of Managing Director at London Stansted Airport. Over the years Mr Morgan has also gained a wealth of experience in all areas of conducting airport business in an international environment. From 1997 – 2000, Mr Morgan was Chief Executive of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation and between 2007 and 2013 he held senior executive positions at London Heathrow Airport, including interim Chief Operating Officer and Technical Standards Director, the latter role included leading the airport’s governance in aviation safety and security compliance.

Terry Morgan has been an independent aviation consultant since 2013, advising major UK Airports on matters such as infrastructure, airport investment, operations and development. 

Mr Morgan has sat on the UK National Aviation Security Committee, the board of Airports Council International and the board of the UK Airports Operators Association. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Fiona Gunn

Fiona Gunn, Non-Executive Director

During a career spanning over 35 years in the retail sector, Fiona has strong commercial experience with e-commerce, marketing and strategy understanding. Fiona also has general management and FTSE 100 executive committee experience.

Fiona oversaw the strategy, creation and leadership of the George clothing business at Asda. As a divisional CEO she also led and oversaw the creation of the Non-Food segment.

She also undertook the transformation of the family owned and controlled value retailer, Wilko Retail Ltd, undertaking a complete overhaul of its 370 store estate, rebranding of its products, creation of its first online shopping platform and opening of an office in Hong Kong. Fiona also served as a NED of its innovation division, W’Innovate.

Fiona went on to create the Marketing function for Greene King and drove its digital and social media strategy as it joined the FTSE 100 and continued to grow to become the UK’s largest pub retailer and hospitality business. She was a member of its five-strong Trading Board led by the Group CEO.

Fiona previously ran her own retail consultancy, undertaking major projects for clients including Boots, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Matalan, Etam, Focus Wickes and Dolland & Aitchison.

She is fluent in German and French and is married with two children.