BAA picks Bonfield as corporate PR director

British Airports Authority (BAA) has appointed former Invensys vice-president of communications Duncan Bonfield as group director of corporate comms.

Bonfield, who left engineering company Invensys last month after his position was axed (PRWeek, 31 October), started work with the airport operator this week. He replaces Steven Olivant, who quit BAA earlier this year to become director of corporate comms at My Travel (PRWeek, 11April).

As BAA’s group director of corporate comms, Bonfield has a ten-strong team working on investor relations, events and internet communications. He is also working with the rest of the airport operator’s 70 comms staff, spread between BAA’s main office and the airports it operates at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh, Southampton, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Around 20 comms staff are based at Heathrow.

Bonfield’s responsibilities include dealing with the fall-out from controversial airport expansion plans, as well as the imminent publication of the Government’s White Paper on the aviation industry. Bonfield is one of three comms directors who report to group director of corporate communications and public affairs Ian Hargreaves, who joined BAA from Cardiff University’s journalism school in August last year (PRWeek, 2 August 2002).

BAA’s other comms directors are director of public affairs Steven Hardwick and director of internal comms Andrew Curries.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has been sent home and will reconvene tomorrow morning for a seventh day of deliberations.

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Fishburn's management have defended their reinvention of the 23-year-old agency amid industry mutterings, fed by a series of director-level departures, about the direction in which it is going.

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

EasyJet aimed to break the world record for the highest ever theatrical performance for Shakespeare's 450th birthday yesterday with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing on a flight from Gatwick to Verona.

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Senior executives from IBM, Nestlé, Vedanta, GE, Cargill, Philips and Allianz will be among the speakers at PRWeek's first Global Congress.