2018 Agenda

Theme: ‘Airport of the Future’
Moderator: Mishal Husain

Monday 29 October 2018

09:00   Registration, networking and exhibition opens

10:00   Welcome & Introduction – Ed Anderson, Chairman, Airport Operators Association                         

10:10   Keynote speech: Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon. Chris Grayling MP

10:40   Keynote speech: Karl Turner MP, Shadow Minister for Aviation

11:10    Panel discussion: Meet the new airport CEOs

With a number of new faces in the UK’s airport scene, we thought it would be a good idea to hear from them. The discussion will bring some fresh perspectives as to where the sector is heading and how these individuals hope to lead their businesses through the uncertain times ahead. Speakers are:

  • John Irving – Chief Executive, Liverpool John Lennon Airport
  • David Lees – Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport
  • Derek Provan – Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports
  • Karen Smart – Managing Director, East Midlands Airport

12:00   Lunch 

13:15    Scene-setter: Martin Bowman – Director, Aviation Technology, Deloitte

13:40   Panel discussion: A Growing Aviation Market

Prominent movers and shakers from airlines, airports and the travel industry will discuss the changing dynamics in the market, changing travel patterns among passengers, new entrants into the aviation ecosystem and the infrastructure needed to support growth and innovation.

  • Andrew Bell – Chief Executive Officer, Regional & City Airports
  • Martin Bowman – Director, Aviation Technology, Deloitte
  • Sophie Dekkers – UK Country Director, easyJet
  • Bob Schumacher – Managing Director UK & Ireland, United Airlines
  • Stewart Wingate – Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport

14:40   Coffee

After the coffee break, our focus will be on the passenger experience of the future: airport CEOs, consumer groups and businesses involved in aviation security and retail will address the experience at the border of the future, what new retail offerings will be available to passengers and how passengers with reduced mobility will be accommodated.

15:10   Scene-setters: Anthony Smith – Chief Executive, Transport Focus 

15:25   Panel discussion: The passenger experience of the future

  • Nick Barton – CEO, Luton Airport
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim – Managing Director, Portland Design
  • Robert Sinclair – CEO, London City Airport
  • Andy Smith – Business Development Director, SITA
  • Anthony Smith – Chief Executive, Transport Focus

16:15    Keynote speech: Border of the Future – The Rt Hon. Caroline Nokes MP, Immigration Minister

16:50   Networking and exhibition                        

17:30   Day 1 close

19:00    Pre-dinner drinks reception                      

20:00   The AOA Annual Awards Dinner 2018    


Tuesday 30 October 2018

09:30   Keynote speech: Martin Rolfe, Chief Executive Officer, NATS (Airspace of the Future)

10:00   Scene-setter: Sustainability Progress – Neil Robinson, Chair, Sustainable Aviation

10:10   Panel discussion: Sustainable Airports and Aviation

In this session, industry leaders will outline their views on how we can reduce on-airport emissions, incentivise the electrification of infrastructure, and adapt to the increasing effects of climate change. How passengers travel to the airport, and whether they can do so more sustainably, and what innovations could captivate the sector in the future are also subjects for debate.

  • Lord Deben – Chair, Committee on Climate Change
  • Gordon Dewar – Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport
  • Paul Everitt – Chief Executive Officer, ADS
  • Simon McNamara – UK & Ireland Country Manager, IATA
  • Neil Robinson – Chair, Sustainable Aviation
  • Paul Stein – Chief Technology Officer, Rolls Royce

11:00   Coffee

11:30   Scene Setter: The national skills picture – Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI

11:45   Panel discussion: The Workforce of the Future – Skills & Diversity

Now we have a clear idea of how the airport of the future will look like, this panel session will look at who will be working in the sector to make this future a reality. We will discuss training the next-generation of pilots, engineers and air traffic personnel, the impact of Brexit on the skilled employment market in aviation, and what can be done to close the gender pay gap and increase diversity in aviation. There are changing skills required around aerodromes as AI & automation, space flight & satellite launch and drones all make their mark on the sector.

  • Karen Dee- Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
  • Matthew Fell – Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
  • Ken O’Toole – Chief Executive Officer, London Stansted Airport
  • Dr Andrew Timmis – Lecturer in Air Transport, Loughborough University
  • Al Titterington – Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay

12:45  Big Interview: Emma Gilthorpe – Executive Director Expansion, Heathrow Airport

13:15   Big Interview: Christine Ourmières-Widener – Chief Executive Officer, Flybe

13:45  Closing Remarks & Close

13:50   Lunch, Networking & Exhibition

14:45   Day 2 Close

This Agenda is correct at 18 October 2018. Speakers and topics are subject to change.