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Where should we put Britain's hub airport(s)?

British Government @ LSE public lecture

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Paul Kehoe, Colin Matthews, Bridget Rosewell, Roger Vickerman
Chair: Tony Travers

Paul Kehoe started his career in aviation as an air traffic controller in the Royal Air Force, and has worked for a variety of companies in the industry including British Aerospace plc, Serco Aviation, and airports operator TBI plc. He worked for airport management company TBI plc from 1997 to 2005, initially as managing director for Belfast International Airport. He was then promoted to run the company's European division, and this success was followed by further promotion to managing director at London Luton Airport. In November 2001 Paul was also appointed to the main board of TBI plc as operations director. After TBI/London Luton Airport, Paul became the CEO of DX Plc, the UK legal mail system, which he sold to Candover Partners before returning to aviation. His next position was as chief executive of Bristol Airport, before he joined Birmingham Airport in his present role in October 2008. Throughout his career Paul has been an active member of the Airport Operators Association. He is currently a director and was chair of the organisation from 2004-05. Paul is also chairman of Marketing Birmingham; a member of the Warwick Business School Strategy Board, and also a board member on the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Paul is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography, an MBA, a diploma in Marketing and was awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of the Birmingham City University in February 2012. He is also honorary president of the RAF 2030 Elmdon Air Training Corps squadron. Paul is married with two children.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, joined the board in September 2008. He is an experienced FTSE100 CEO who has led a number of service and industrial businesses in several countries. Prior to joining Heathrow, Colin was group chief executive of Severn Trent plc, managing director of BA Engineering for British Airways plc, and later executive director of Lattice Group plc and group chief executive of Hays Group plc. He is a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey plc.

Bridget Rosewell is a professional economist and business woman. She has founded several economic consultancies, all of which are still successfully operating, and also has several non-executive roles with major organisations. Her interests include risk and risk management, infrastructure and its funding, public and private sector co-operation, planning policy and corporate management. She publishes and presents in these areas as well as working with clients. Bridget's current business interests include chairing Volterra Partners, chair of audit for Network Rail, chair of risk for Ulster Bank, With Profits Committee for the Co-operative Bank, and providing professional assistance to a variety of clients. Bridget was the consultant chief economic adviser to the Greater London Authority from 2009 to 2012 and between 2002 and 2008 she was the chief economist to the GLA. Her research interests focus on the economic performance of local economies, the role of infrastructure, the performance of markets, and business organisations. She is especially interested in the application of the tools of complex systems analysis to these issues.

Roger Vickerman is dean of the University of Kent's Brussels Campus. He is also professor of European economics at the University of Kent and director of the Centre for European, Regional and Transport Economics Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the Philipps-Universität, Marburg; he is an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences; a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has been a visiting professor in Canada, Germany, Hungary and Australia. Professor Vickerman's research focuses on the relationship between transport (especially infrastructure), regional development and integration in the European Union. He is particularly known for his studies on major infrastructure projects, particularly the EU's Trans-European Networks. He has served as a member of SACTRA (Standing Committee on Trunk Road Assessment), as an advisor to committees of both the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK Parliament and acted as a consultant to the European Commission, various UK government departments and regional and local government authorities. He is currently a member of the Analytical Challenge Panel to HS2 Ltd. He is the author of 6 books (including the textbook Principles of Transport Economics, with Emile Quinet) and over 150 chapters, journal articles and reports. He has edited the Handbook of Transport Economics (Edward Elgar, 2011) with André de Palma, Robin Lindsey and Emile Quinet, which brings together state of the art reviews from over 50 of the world's leading transport economists. He sits on the editorial boards of several journals in both transport and regional science and is editor in chief of Transport Policy.

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