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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Prestwick Airport Consultative Committee seeks new Chairman

Prestwick Airport’s Consultative Committee is seeking a new Chairman.

Current Chair Dr Martin Cheyne, who is also Chairman of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, is stepping down after two years in the post. Now the organisation, which has operated since 1969, has started the search for a new Chairman.

Secretary Nigel Wallace said: “Martin has made a major contribution to the Committee and has been a great ambassador for the airport. We’re hoping to attract a new Chair with a similar strong commitment to Prestwick.”

Nigel explained that the Consultative Committee is an independent advisory forum with which the airport’s management exchanges information and ideas. It has some twenty-six members including representatives from the three local authorities, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and businesses based in and around the airport.

“We’re best described as “a critical friend” of the airport,” said Nigel, “as we represent the interests of the many organisations and communities in its neighbourhood. This means we are first and foremost strong supporters of Prestwick but because we’re independent of its management, we can also raise any pertinent issues when developments related to the airport are being considered.”

Nigel added: “The incoming Chairman will join us at an exciting time, as new legislation sees an increased role for Airport Consultative Committees. Martin has helped devise a clear strategy that takes account of this expanded role and we look to his replacement to maintain this momentum.

“At the heart of it is a simple message: Prestwick is a major player at the heart of the Ayrshire economy. Our focus, and that of the new Chairman, is on assisting the airport in maintaining and developing its role as a key economic asset for the area.”

Anyone interested in being considered for the post of Chairman should in the first instance get in touch with Nigel at quoting “Ayrshire Scotland Business News”.

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