Gatwick Airport Community Trust

The Trustees

The Trust is run by a board of nine trustees - all volunteers. Here is information about each of them including (in brackets) the bodies which nominated them to serve on the Trust:

Julie Ayres

Julie Ayres (Gatwick Airport Limited)

Julie has spent most of her career working at Gatwick when she joined the British Airports Authority and moved to Sussex in the 1980s. She gained a broad base of airport experience working in diverse roles including Gatwick's community relations manager. Julie is currently responsible for passenger communications, including Gatwick's customer service team.

Julie is chair of Gatwick TravelCare, the airport charity which helps passengers who find themselves in difficulty whilst at Gatwick. She lives in Lindfield with her husband and sons with whom she enjoys travelling and long distance walking.


Richard Burrett

Richard Burrett (West Sussex County Council)

Richard Burrett has been a member of Crawley Borough Council since 1992. During that time he has held a wide variety of roles, and he is currently Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing.

Richard has also been a member of West Sussex County Council since 2009, and is currently Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee, and of the East Crawley County Local Committee.

He is a long-serving school governor and charity trustee, and also serves on a number of committees involved with local government staffing matters at both regional and national levels. He has also previously sat on the Board of an NHS Trust.

In his spare time Richard enjoys music (mainly indie/alternative), walking and exploring the countryside.


Bernard Kendall

Bernard Kendall (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign)

Bernard Kendall moved to Horley in 1986.  He is married with one son.  His varied career has included service in the British Army, being an estate agent in Hertfordshire for six years and 17 years in the insurance industry covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  During this time he was involved with the Round Table and Rotary organisations.

He established a  new business in Horley and became a founder member of the Gatwick Guest House Association and was chairman from 1995-1998.  He was elected to the town and Borough Council in 1999 until 2006/7 serving on many committees including GATCOM.


Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn (Crawley Borough Council)

Brian has been a Crawley Borough Councillor for 18 years and a West Sussex County Councillor for three years. Brian was a former Mayor of Crawley and is present Deputy Mayor of Crawley. Before his retirement in 2013 Brian was in Commercial Transport for 45 years. Brian came from Ireland to Crawley in 1966 and is married to Sue, they have two daughters and five grandchildren.


Eddie Redfern

Eddie Redfern (Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee - GATCOM)

Born in the West Midlands, Eddie joined the Royal Air Force at the age of 17 and having completed 10 years’ service moved to the Gatwick area. Since then he has always worked for an airline, airport operator or as now as Head of Regulatory Affairs (Aviation) for TUI Travel PLC a FTSE 100 global tour operator.

Eddie lives with his wife and daughter in Copthorne where he is the local Parish Safeguarding Officer. When not working he is most likely to be found engaging in his passion, theatre, and he is a member of the Archway Theatre, Horley.  He is looking forward to working with GACT to help give something back to the community.


Jo Rettie

Jo Rettie (Gatwick Airline Operators Committee)

Jo worked for British Airways for 20 years in a number of operational and managerial roles, the last five years at Gatwick looking after training, recruitment and community relations. For the last three years Jo has run the Gatwick Airline Consultative Committee and has recently taken responsibility for the Airline Operators Committee. Jo lives in Brighton and is a volunteer for Young Enterprise.


Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts (Gatwick Airport Limited)

Joined the then British Airports Authority in 1967 and qualified as a Civil Engineer. Career spanned roles in engineering, planning, design and construction of airport development projects and terminal management. Responsible for commissioning Gatwick North Terminal, was Managing Director of Heathrow Airport, then moved onto the main board of BAA plc as Group Technical Director. He retired from BAA in 2001 and now spends much of his time as a volunteer adviser with Horsham Age Concern. Lives near Horsham. Interests include walking, Scottish Country dancing, and singing with a local choral society.


Dorothy Ross-Tomlin

Dorothy Ross-Tomlin (Surrey County Council)

Dorothy Ross-Tomlin is the County Councillor for Horley East and chairs the Surrey Police & Crime Panel. She has significant experience working for BAA at Glasgow Airport and Head Office and has also run her own Purchasing Consultancy working at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports.

Dorothy has been married to Jim for thirty five years and they have a thirty year old son, David, who lives in London.

As the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead during 2007/2008 Dorothy has a good working knowledge of the voluntary section and the communities they serve.

Dorothy is also a trustee of the Royal Alfred Seafarers Society.


Michael SydneyMichael Sydney (Surrey County Council)

Michael is a Surrey County Councillor, for the Lingfield Division, and is also a District Councillor for Dormansland and Felcourt.

After a career in the Rank Organisation, Reed International, and PE Consulting Group, Michael set up his own consulting partnership specialising in Company turnarounds and international marketing development.  He also spent fifteen years as what he describes as a TA farmer, evenings, weekends, and summer camp, running a beef and sheep holding in Kent.  This experience has proved very

useful in his Councillor role in both Tandridge and Surrey, where the Green Belt and the rural sector are very dependent on the maintenance of sound agricultural enterprises. 

He has also chaired the Board of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the last eight years, and sits on the Joint Advisory Committee of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Both these landscapes are affected by air traffic generated by Gatwick Airport.


Secretariat: Rosamund Quade



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