The Trustees

The Trust is an independent charity run by a board of nine trustees - all volunteers.
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 West Sussex County Council since 2009. During that time he has held a wide variety of roles, and is currently Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Crawley County Local Committee.

Richard has also been a member of Crawley Borough Council since 1992, where he served as a Cabinet Member between 2006 and 2014, as well as being Deputy Leader of the Borough Council during 2013-14.

He is a long-serving school governor and charity trustee, and has also served 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.

Alan Jones

Alan Jones
(Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee - GATCOM)

Alan is the Burstow Parish Council representative at GATCOM and it is from there that he has been appointed to sit as a member of the Trust. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer who spent most of his working life in the Electricity Supply Industry after spending 5 years in the Nuclear Industry. It was called the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) when he joined but it was split into four companies when it became privatised in 1990. At that stage he was now employed by National Grid, in an area of work that he had been involved with since joining the CEGB.

On his retirement, he became a Burstow Parish Councillor and served there for eight years, being chairman for part of that time. He then became a Tandridge District Councillor and served 16 years as a ward councillor in Burstow, Horne & Outwood. He was the Council Chairman in 2010/11 so spent his year visiting many charitable organisations. Apart from serving on different committees, he was also Vice Chairman of the East Surrey Community Health Services Council and was the council member representative at the Tandridge Voluntary Services Council (TVSC).

In 1998 Burstow Parish Council were given the opportunity to join GATCOM and Alan became their representative. When he became the District Councillor he relinquished his Parish seat and became the Tandridge representative. He continued in this role for several years and, when replaced, he became the Parish Council member once again.

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.

Graham Knight

Graham Knight
(Surrey County Council)

Graham Knight was elected to represent Horley East at Surrey County Council in May 2017 and has been a Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor since 2010.

He is active in the community as a volunteer and Trustee with the Horley Conservation Project and he works with the East Surrey Winter Night Shelter. He is Executive Member for Community Safety at Reigate and Banstead, and an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign.

Liz McDermid

Liz McDermid
(Gatwick Airport Limited)

Liz worked for BAA plc for 18 years in a number of different operational and management roles. She was based principally at Gatwick and Heathrow and was latterly the Group Development Director.

In 2008 she left BAA to take a career break to focus on bringing up her three young children. Since that time, Liz has held a number of voluntary roles including being chair of governors at her children’s school and the manager for her son’s junior ice hockey team. She is passionate about education and improving life chances for young people and also about environmental issues, for which she has undertaken additional post-graduate training.

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.

Jo Rettie

Jo Rettie
(Gatwick Airline Operators Committee)

Jo is chairman of Gatwick Airport Community Trust. She 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.

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend
(Surrey County Council)

Chris has lived in Ashtead for over 35 years.

He has been an Independent local councillor for nearly 30 years, having been Leader of Mole Valley DC for three years (2012/15) as well as County Councillor for the Ashtead Division of Surrey County Council for the past nine years. He is currently on the City of London Freemens' School Governing Body and was on the PTAs and Governing Bodies of both Barnett Wood and West Ashtead schools locally - education being his main focus.

He retired over 20 years ago having been in management in both IT and HR for a major Insurance company.