Today, commercial aviation is a major feature, and indeed a major enabler, of the world economy – a position the industry has reached through the skills and efforts of the people who work in it or influence its development, and the industry’s success in dealing with enormous changes in its business and business environment during the past century.
Sir Roy McNulty discussed some of the principal trends which have affected the industry in the UK over the past 40 years – technological, commercial, operational, environmental, regulatory and political. Sir Roy illustrated these trends from his own experience in many different aspects of aviation.
The speaker considered key trends which are identifiable today, focusing particularly on changes in the underlying aviation market dynamics, concluding with a look at possible future developments in an industry in which, as far ahead as anyone can see, the only constant will continue to be change.
About the speaker:
Sir Roy McNulty, Chairman, Gatwick Airport Ltd
Sir Roy McNulty, who joined the Board of Gatwick Airport in April 2011, has had extensive senior-level experience in aviation. From 1988 to 1999, he was Chief Executive, and latterly Chairman, of Short Brothers PLC - the Belfast-based aerospace manufacturing company which has been part of Bombardier Aerospace since 1989. He was Executive Chairman of National Air Traffic Services Ltd. between 1999 and 2001, and Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority from 2001 until 2009. Sir Roy is currently Chairman of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of Monarch Holdings Ltd. In other previous roles, Sir Roy has been Deputy Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Chairman of Advantage West Midlands, Chair of the Ilex Urban Regeneration Company in Derry/Londonderry and Chairman of the Rail Value for Money Study for the Department for Transport.