Wayne Harvey

Wayne Harvey, Chairman

 

Wayne Harvey joined Cardiff Airport as Chairman on 1st June 2020.

As an Economics graduate and Chartered Accountant, Wayne's highly successful career in business and finance has spanned over 35 years, including partnership positions for 26 years in Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

Whilst at Ernst & Young, Wayne built a highly successful tax practice across four locations and grew a progressive and dynamic environment for the business and team. Wayne then led the creation of a Private Markets practice in the Thames Valley for Deloitte, and on moving to Cardiff, led the Deloitte team and expanded the Welsh practice and number of employees tenfold. As the Deloitte Wales operations grew under Wayne’s leadership, he forged and now maintains strong relationships with the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council.

Wayne brings to the Airport a wealth of experience and expertise on strategic and operational matters. Throughout his career, Wayne has a proven track record for growing new business and advising clients and boards across multitude of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, tourism, hospitality, sport and leisure. 

Wayne continues to play a pivotal role in the Welsh business community as the Chair of the CBI in Wales, and as a member of the Princes Trust Wales Advisory Council.

Wayne has lived in Cardiff for over 10 years and is married with 4 children.

 
Spencer Birns

Spencer Birns, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Spencer Birns, is currently the Interim CEO at Cardiff Airport since August 2020, with over 25 years of industry experience.


Spencer studied travel, tourism and hospitality management and has worked in various elements of the sector with management responsibilities in Catering, Travel & Tourism along with Airport Management.


He has worked for Cardiff Airport since 2006, joining from Manchester Airport and headed up the Air Service Development activities. In 2010 he assumed responsibilities for all Commercial and Aero income for the airport and was elevated to the Board as Commercial Director in 2013. Following 5 years of strong successful growth for airport including promotion to Chief Commercial Officer in 2019.


Spencer has previously worked for My Travel group across many commercial and retail related management roles over a 9 year period. Prior to this he has worked for Yates for over 3 years with management experience in the Catering and Beverage elements of the business.
He has a strong focus on revenue development and cost control which has helped Cardiff Airport develop with an entrepreneurial spirit and flair delivering effective results.

David Walters

David Walters – Finance Director and Company Secretary

David returned to Wales in 2020 after working for many years in the Middle East for the Harris Pye Group, where he held the role of Chief Financial Officer and was a member of the Board.  

Originally from Porthcawl, Mr Walters is an Economics graduate from the University of Bath and Chartered Accountant having started his career at Clay Shaw Thomas and then the Macob Group.  Over an impressive 25-year career so far, David has acquired significant experience working in a number of senior financial management and board roles.   

As Cardiff Airport Finance Director, David will sit on the Airport Board and play a significant role at a strategic level in delivering and maintaining a successful and sustainable Airport for Wales. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. 

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.