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Board of Directors

The names and details of the current Directors are set out below. All served during the financial year ended 31 March 2010.

Board members as at 20 May 2010.


Martin Broughton

Board member since May 2000, becoming non-executive Chairman in July 2004. At the time of his appointment, Martin met the independence criteria set out in paragraph A.3.1 of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance (June 2008). Chairman of the Nominations Committee. Martin is currently Deputy President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Chairman of Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Ltd.

Chief Executive

Willie Walsh

Executive Board member since May 2005, becoming Chief Executive in October 2005. Formerly Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, he is an honorary board member of Flight Safety International.

Chief Financial Officer

Keith Williams

Executive Board member since January 2006. Having joined the airline in 1998 as Head of Taxation and being additionally appointed Group Treasurer in 2000, Keith was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2006. He is a Non-executive Director of Transport for London and Iberia Lineas Aéreas de España S.A.. Keith is a chartered accountant.

Non-executive Directors

Maarten van den Bergh

Independent Non-executive Director since July 2002, Senior Independent Director since July 2004. Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Baroness Kingsmill

Independent Non-executive Director since November 2004. Audit, Nominations and Safety Review Committees. A former Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission, she chaired the Department of Trade and Industry’s Accounting for People task force. A member of the Microsoft European Policy Council, member of PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Board, Non-executive Director of Horizon plc and Korn/Ferry International.

Jim Lawrence

Independent Non-executive Director since November 2006. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Jim was previously Chief Financial Officer of Unilever.

Alison Reed

Independent Non-executive Director since December 2003. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Remuneration Committee. Alison was previously Chief Financial Officer of Marks & Spencer plc and Standard Life plc. She is a chartered accountant.

Rafael Sánchez-Lozano Turmo

Non-executive Director since December 2009. Safety Review Committee. Rafael is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Iberia Lineas Aéreas de España S.A..

Ken Smart

Independent Non-executive Director since July 2005. Chairman of the Safety Review Committee. Audit Committee. Ken is Chairman of the UK Aviation and Maritime Industries Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP), a member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.

Baroness Symons

Independent Non-executive Director since July 2005. Audit and Safety Review Committees. Life peer since 1996 and Privy Councillor since 1998. Former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State from 1997 until 2005 when she stepped down from government. International advisor to DLA Piper, Rio Tinto plc, Consolidated Contractors Company, MerchantBridge, and Non-executive Director of Caparo Group.

Company Secretary

Alan Buchanan

Joined the airline in 1990, becoming Company Secretary in April 2000.

All Directors are subject to retirement every three years and are eligible for re-election by the shareholders. In accordance with the Company’s Articles of Association, Rafael Sánchez-Lozano Turmo will seek election and Jim Lawrence and Alison Reed will retire and seek re-election by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 13 July 2010. Biographical notes about the Director seeking election and the Directors seeking re-election are set out in the explanatory notes of the Notice of Annual General Meeting.

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