Executive Management Team
Stewart Adams – Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
A highly experienced aviation professional with a distinguished career spanning four decades, Stewart joins Glasgow Prestwick Airport after holding various airline Director positions since 1999 and operating at Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer level for three different airlines from 2006.
Having started his career with Dan Air services in Aberdeen back in the late 1970s, Stewart went on to hold senior managerial positions at Bond Helicopters and Business Air Ltd before becoming a Board member of bmi regional where he was promoted to Managing Director in 2006. After leaving bmi, Stewart joined Tiger Airways Singapore in January 2011 as Managing Director where he assisted in stabilising the operational side of the business during a period of crew shortage, doubled the fleet size of A320 aircraft and increased destinations on the network from 20 to 32 in just over 12 months. After two years in Singapore, Stewart returned to Scotland and spent three and a half years at Loganair Ltd as Chief Executive Officer based in Glasgow.
As well as vast overall industry knowledge and experience, Stewart has extensive Safety and Compliance experience having sat on Group Safety Boards, he has also chaired numerous Safety/Compliance Board meetings as Accountable Manager at three airlines.
Derek Banks – Finance and Commercial Director
Derek is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience of working in finance at a senior management level and has joined the airport from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, where he was Deputy Finance Director. Prior to this he worked in further education and for the NHS.
Throughout his career, Derek has been involved in managing significant budgets. In his previous roles he has faced considerable financial challenges and has been required to work with colleagues to develop new cost and pricing models, maximise income and develop sustainable commercial relationships.
In addition, he has concession, conference facility, IT, facilities and estates management experience, which will be invaluable as the airport seeks to maximise the benefits of its 880 acres of land and large property portfolio.
Jules Matteoni – Operations Director
With extensive experience in the aviation industry, Jules is an accomplished aviation leader.
Jules joined Glasgow Prestwick Airport in 1994 with his first role at the Airport being in the Airport Fire Service.
Having delivered significant operational improvements in the Fire Service, Operations, Jules’s areas of responsibility grew to encompass Passenger Handling, Ground Services, Motor Transport and Security.
Jules’s has taken up the post as Operations Director for the airport, which sees compliance, engineering, airfield operations and air traffic control all falling within his new remit.
Sonia Rafferty – Human Resource Director
A highly proficient leader with extensive experience in Human Resources at a senior management level across the aviation and manufacturing sectors since 1997. Sonia is accountable for Human Resources & Development, Data Protection, FOI & Records Information Management and Safety, Health & Environment.
Sonia has led Human Resources at the Airport since 2000 and in this time she successfully led staff through periods of significant change. Testament to this is the 0.6% staff turnover rate and 50% with more than 10 year’s service.
Sonia is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) with a qualification from Strathclyde University. Sonia also is a qualified paralegal in employment law, has a Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a qualification in train the trainer.