Cambridge Airport appoints new Airport Infrastructure Director to support growth


13-07-2011

Cambridge Airport, the East of England aviation hub, has appointed Sheila Kissane as Airport Infrastructure Director with immediate effect.

Sheila will work closely with the airport’s CEO Robert Marshall, and Airport Director Archie Garden to support the on-going commercial strategy of increasing business, regional and general aviation activity at the airfield.    This is a new role at the airport and has been introduced to maximise airport resources and bring together the existing infrastructure to better serve the development of the business.

On a day to day basis Sheila will be responsible for running feasibility studies for planned infrastructure developments such as modifications to the 60’s style terminal buildings; generating proposals to seek funding within the business for specific projects such as a new GA terminal; and upgrading the environmental focus through implementing a number of projects including the installation of new fuel tanker storage areas.

Sheila brings a wealth of experience to Cambridge Airport and joins Cambridge following a consultancy role at Gatwick Airport where she was Engineering, Procurement and Contracts Manager responsible for upgrading expired assets including internal signage, water tanks, air conditioning units and project managing the creation of a potential £20 million tender aimed to improve run-off capacity of the runways. Prior to this Sheila worked at Stansted Airport project managing capital investment plans for Airside and Landside developments. This followed a two year stint working at Dublin Airport as a senior project manager on a variety of major programmes including the delivery of the Terminal Two Pier E Apron.

“This is the ultimate job for me,” says Sheila. It is amazing to be given such an integral position within a solid business that has ambitious plans and to be able to develop and mould the role to the requirements of the airport.  It is also refreshing to work with a team who are looking for solutions and can make decisions about the way forwards in a short space of time.”

Garden commented: “As we continue to expand the business we are building a team of experts to support the airport’s goal of becoming the leading aviation hub in the East of England. The role of Infrastructure Director at the Airport is essential as it is responsible for managing the projects that will maintain existing facilities, and create state of the art amenities that will attract existing and new customers. Having someone with Sheila’s experience will also ensure we stay within budget, and deliver on time.”

 


Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. The Marshall Group activities include Cambridge Airport, Marshall Executive Aviation, and Marshall Aerospace, focused on engineering and technology.

Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial communities. It is also a strong provider to the equine community as it is just 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.

Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300.

Other aviation companies include Capital Air Services and several GA flight training operators. It is also home of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service operated by Bond Helicopters.  A fully authorised Cessna Service centre is located at the airport.

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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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