Cardiff International Airport Ltd

Wales’ national airport and a key gateway to the UK, Cardiff International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is a business that has undergone considerable transformation; the result of which has secured widespread support and praise from businesses, opinion formers, government, local community stakeholders and the wider public. Over the course of 2018, CIAL saw an 8% increase to passenger numbers; representing a 60% growth since the change to Welsh Government ownership. Its direct economic contribution to the region is over £163m and it successfully posted its first positive EBITDA in 8 years. A significant player in the economy of south Wales, CIAL sustains over 1,900 aviation related jobs. Of its c.1.6m passengers, 30% are inbound visitors to Wales.

Articulated via its Master Plan, its vision is to be a pioneering Airport business, making Wales proud, and its purpose is to continue to transform its business through operational excellence, with its team and customers at the heart of everything it does. It aims to grow from its current 1.6m passengers per annum to 3 million and beyond. It will ensure growth is balanced with local environmental and social concerns, recognising the important role sustainability plays in its 20-year vision.

CIAL Chair, Roger Lewis steps down in 2018 and as such, the business is seeking a strong successor. This is an exciting time to be leading a business that is pursuing an ambitious and sustainable growth strategy; positioning itself as a key driver of economic prosperity for Wales.

The Role

  • Responsible for leadership of the Board and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role, you will lead on the development of CIAL Board’s strategies, ensuring that the company’s aims, objectives and culture are aligned with key government touchstones
  • You will uphold high standards of integrity and probity. This will include the Company’s governance, decision-making and financial management assurances when considering, promoting and safeguarding regularity, propriety, affordability, sustainability, risk and value for money, and accounting accurately and transparently, for the company’s financial position and transactions
  • You will be cognisant of the need for accountability to the Shareholder (Welsh Government via HoldCo) and ensure that the Company operates in accordance with its Management Agreement with HoldCo
  • Mentoring the senior executive team, and in particular the Chief Executive, you will ensure that they have a clear understanding of their own roles and responsibilities, and how they can make best use of the CIAL Board

The Individual

  • A visionary and commercially minded individual with experience of serving in a non-executive capacity for a regulated, complex organisation, you will have built a strong reputation as a leader and strategic thinker in either a commercial or public sector context
  • Dynamic and resilient with significant experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic capacity, you will possess strong intellect and analytical ability, be an innovative thinker with strong decision-making skills that allow informed decisions to be made on a variety of matters
  • Possessing strong interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to develop effective, sustainable partnerships, you will have built a notable track record in partnership working and relationship management
  • You will enthusiastically commit the time and effort to lead a strategically and economically significant business, as an inspiring, highly credible and respected ambassador

For an informal discussion and a copy of the Candidate Brief, please contact Siân Goodson or Sam Smith of Goodson Thomas: 029 2167 4422.

To apply, email noting GT_0194_CIAL in the subject line, and attach a copy of your CV and cover letter.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, 31st May 2019
Final Panel Interview: Thursday, 20th June 2019

All applications will be acknowledged.

Cardiff International Airport Ltd
For an informal discussion and a copy of the candidate brief, please contact Siân Goodson or Sam Smith at Goodson Thomas on 029 2021 6744.
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