He has moved from his role at Stansted Airport, where he was director of regulation and planning. Stansted, formerly owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings, was bought by MAG in February.
The group, which also owns Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, as well as a property business, MAG Property, is developing the UK’s first ‘Airport City’ – a £650m enterprise zone scheme for Greater Manchester.
Hawkins will be responsible for comms across MAG’s airport portfolio and property arm, and will lead the group’s participation in the Airports Commission.
He was part of Stansted’s leadership team from March 2011, having previously held a number of positions within BAA.