BAA set to reshuffle senior comms roles

Airport operator BAA is shaking up its senior PR team ahead of the departure of the current director of corporate and public affairs, Des Wilson.

Airport operator BAA is shaking up its senior PR team ahead of the

departure of the current director of corporate and public affairs, Des

Wilson.



Wilson leaves at the end of June after six years to become part-time PR

adviser to CEO Mike Hodgkinson. Wilson’s deputy, Steven Olivant, will

take over the corporate brief. Jenny Bradley, current director of public

affairs at Heathrow, will extend her role to cover public affairs at

Gatwick and Stansted - although each of these will keep its own public

affairs team.



Wilson had been due to retire in a year’s time. He asked to scale down

his involvement in BAA to concentrate on various sports and tourism

bodies, such as the UK Sports Council, of which he is a member. ’We are

splitting my responsibilities,’ Wilson said. ’Corporate affairs is 70

per cent of what I do.’



Andrew Currie, the assistant director of public affairs, becomes BAA’s

community relations director.



Two PR staff have taken voluntary redundancy at Stansted, although

Wilson denied this represents the beginning of plans to centralise BAA’s

entire PR machine at Heathrow. He said the company runs a voluntary

severance programme every 18 months.



The duties of outgoing PR manager, Carol Leach, and media relations

manager, Rona Young, will be shared between four members of the team at

Stansted.



The loss of duty free sales in Europe and a profit warning gave BAA a

bumpy ride during the second half of 1999. Full-year profits are

expected to be down from pounds 484 million to pounds 455 million.



In addition to the three south-east airports, BAA owns Aberdeen,

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Southampton. It also has airports in the US,

Italy and Australia.



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