Tesco's Refoy joins BAA to smooth Stansted growth

British Airports Authority has poached Tesco planning specialist Jonathan Refoy to be its top lobbyist for Stansted Airport – ahead of dramatic expansion plans for the Essex site.

Refoy is understood to have accepted the job in the past few days and will join Stansted as head of PA within the next couple of months, reporting to director of comms Mark Pendlington.

Refoy is currently Tesco's corporate affairs manager for Scotland and the North, responsible for driving through the supermarket's planning applications and liaising with stakeholders.

Pendlington said Refoy was selected from a 'strong shortlist' of candidates.

Stansted wants to increase passenger numbers from its current level of 22 million a year to 35 million by 2015. Next year it will put in its
application for a second runway, after which it is proposing to boost its capacity to 76 million passengers by 2035. Work on the second runway would start in 2012.

Refoy will need to liaise with local authorities, resident bodies, businesses and environmental pressure groups. The civil aviation industry has faced criticism for its high levels of emissions as the main political parties battle to be seen as green-aware.

Refoy replaces Justine McGuinness, who was appointed on a fixed-term contract last autumn (PRWeek, 10 November 2005). She will return to running Pineapple, which specialises in environmental public policy.

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