Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis, Chairman

In a career spanning over 40 years Roger has held senior positions in a number of leading culture, music, media, and sports brands, including Head of BBC Radio 1, MD of ITV Wales, a Managing Director of EMI Records, President of the Decca Record Company, Group Chief Executive of the WRU and the Millennium Stadium, a Director of GWR plc and the Managing Director and Programme Controller of Classic FM. 

In addition Roger has held non-executive positions as Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Deputy Chair of Boosey and Hawkes, a Board Director of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture, a trustee of the Wales Millennium Centre and Chair of the Music and Dance School Scheme for the Department of Education and Skills.

Roger is currently the Chair of Cardiff Airport, appointed by the Welsh Government, Chair of the Racecourse Media Group, Chair of the Churchill Lines Foundation, a military charity, and a trustee of Compass for Life, an education charity for disadvantaged young people. He also advises a number of private companies.

He has appeared before House of Commons Select Committees, a Joint Committee Session of the House of Commons and National Assembly of Wales, and the National Assembly of Wales Public Accounts Committee and its Scrutiny Committee as an expert witness. He Chaired the Cardiff Capital Region Board, 2013-15, and the cross party Referendum Campaign in Wales in 2011 and was Chair of the International Advisory Board of Cardiff University from 2008-2018.

Roger is a graduate of Nottingham University and holds Honorary Doctorates from both Nottingham and Glamorgan Universities, Honorary Fellowships from Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and a FRSA. He is fellow of the IWA and was a trustee of the IWA between 2014-17.

Deb Bowen Rees

Deb Bowen ReesChief Executive Officer

Deb retired from her role as Group Captain within the Royal Air Force in 2012 after a successful 28 year career, during which time she headed up the Air Traffic Control operation and was held in high regard as one of the RAF’s notable senior female officers.

She joined Cardiff Airport as Operations Director in May 2012 where she held the position until September 2014, before stepping in as Interim Managing Director for just over one year. In December 2015 Deb was announced as Cardiff Airport’s Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. In February 2017 Deb was announced as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Deb is a member of the Board of the Airport Operators’ Association, Vice Chair of the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA); Councillor of CBI in Wales; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Spencer Birns

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer 

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, Chief Financial Officer

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.