THE TRUSTEES

The Trust is run by a board of 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 spent most of her career working at Gatwick in diverse roles including operations, community relations and passenger communications.

She has always maintained a keen interest in volunteering, taking opportunities at home and overseas to be involved in community projects and activities. Amongst these, Julie has been a volunteer for Young Enterprise and a school governor at Warden Park Academy, Cuckfield.

Julie is currently a trustee for Gatwick TravelCare, the airport charity helping passengers who find themselves in difficulty whilst at the airport, having previously been Chair of trustees. Since taking early retirement, Julie and her husband divide their time between homes in West Sussex and France where they are actively involved in community life. Julie enjoys walking and touring, especially visiting their oldest son and his family in New Zealand.

Catherine Baart

Catherine Baart

(Surrey County Council)

Catherine has lived just outside Horley for over 30 years. She was newly elected to Surrey County Council in 2021 for Earlswood and Reigate South division. She is a member of the Communities, Environment and Highways scrutiny committee and the Greener Futures reference group.

Catherine is a science teacher and is Chair of Horley Conservation Group, a group of local volunteers supported by Sussex Wildlife Trust working to enhance wildlife habitats in Horley’s public green spaces. 

A keen walker, cyclist and climber Catherine also enjoys playing the piano, learning the accordion and gardening for wildlife.

 

Angela Baker

Angela Baker

(Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign)

Angela has been selected by Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign (GACC) as their representative for Gatwick Airport Community Trust. Angela has lived in Edenbridge since 2003 and is a local Town Councillor. Elected in 2019, she is vice chair of the Open Spaces Committee and has enjoyed working on projects to improve the town such as wild flower areas, an outside gym, family friendly play area and children’s playground. Angela has worked in education for the last 20 years mainly working in a SEN support role within the classroom. More recently she set up a home tutoring business and provides 1-1 and small group support for children aged 5-11 which she finds hugely rewarding.

She is Treasurer of the Edenbridge Community First Responders, a small group of volunteers who provide rapid response when an ambulance is called.

In her spare time she enjoys being in her garden or in her craft room!

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, including serving as a Cabinet Member between 2015 and 2019, and as Deputy Leader of the County Council between 2017 and 2019. He is currently Chairman of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee.

Richard was also a member of Crawley Borough Council from 1992 until 2023, 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 has been 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.

Helyn Clack

Helyn Clack

(Surrey County Council)

Currently Helyn is Vice Chair of the County Council. Over her four terms as County Councillor, she has served residents on the Council’s Cabinet as Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Health, where she was also co-chair of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board. She was the Cabinet Member for Community Services, Magna Carta 800th Anniversary and the 2012 Olympic Games, Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency and Executive Member for Communities and Executive Member for Highways and Transport. She has also served as Chair of the Change and Efficiency Scrutiny Committee, was Vice Chair of the County’s Planning and Regulatory Committee, a member of the Select Committees for Adult Social Care, and the Health Scrutiny Committee.

Elected for the first time In 2001 as County Councillor for Dorking Rural Division, she also stood unsuccessfully for Parliament in 2010 but her heart is still in her community where she started service when as a mother of three children she became a school governor in Charlwood, served on the local Parochial Church Council and was secretary to the Charlwood Society.

For many years she helped to support the annual youth scheme in Charlwood. Helyn still lives in the village of Charlwood with her husband Bryan and their dog Jack.

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.

Atif Nawaz

Atif Nawaz

(Crawley Borough Council)

Atif has been a member of Crawley Borough Council (CBC) since 2021 representing Three Bridges ward and has been a cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development since May 2022.

He has been vice chair and is currently a member of the Licensing Committee at CBC. Atif is also a board member for Manor Royal Business Improvement District and Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District representing CBC and he is a member of GATCOM and its steering committee.

Atif has lived in Crawley with his family for over 14 years and currently works locally in the Utility sector. He has two children and has a keen interest in sport particularly cricket, hockey and football.

Jo Rettie

Jo Rettie

(Chairman of Gatwick Airport Community Trust)

Jo was nominated to be a Trustee of Gatwick Airport Community Trust by the Gatwick Airline Operators Committee. She has been Chairman since 2018. She currently provides management support to the Gatwick Airline Operators Committee and is an advisor to the Airline Consultative Committee (ACC). Prior to this 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.

Jo lives in Worthing.

Melanie Wrightson

Melanie Wrightson

(Gatwick Airport Limited)

Melanie Wrightson is Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport Limited working across the airport’s neighbouring boroughs and districts, building relationships to support local community and business activities. She manages a programme of community investment designed to raise awareness and understanding of the airport’s operations, and to strengthen the airport’s understanding of community matters.

Melanie founded the Gatwick Foundation Fund in 2016 which has seen over £1m donated to the local community surrounding the airport across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.