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.