Executive Management Team

  • Ron Smith – Chief Executive Officer

    Ron Smith – Chief Executive Officer

    Ron joins the airport following a period as General Operations Manager for CHC Helicopters Aberdeen. In his time with CHC, Ron delivered a new Hanger, Terminal and class leading Operations centre to establish a new CHC Helicopter base at Norwich Airport. He also successfully led a business case to secure £20 million for a redevelopment programme of CHC’s base at Aberdeen Airport.

    Prior to this, Ron was the Managing Director of James Walker UK Limited, a UK based global manufacturing organisation that supplies a range of fluid and gas sealing solutions and associated knowledge-based services to a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, aerospace, power and defence markets.

    Ron brings to Glasgow Prestwick more than 25 years’ experience of operating at an Executive level – with more than 16 of these years operating at Managing Director level for global organisations. His experience spans aviation, manufacturing, technology and engineering.

    Ron has a fellowship for the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Ron also has a considerable history of activity in the CBI on behalf of several multi-national corporations.

  • Derek Banks – Finance and Commercial Director

    Derek Banks – Finance and Commercial Director

    Derek is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with more than 26 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

    Jules Matteoni – Operations Director

    With 21 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Jules is an accomplished aviation leader.

    Jules joined Glasgow Prestwick Airport more than 20 years ago. His first roles at the airport were in the in-house Fire Service.

    Having delivered significant operational improvements in the fire operations, Jules’s areas of responsibility grew to encompass Passenger Handling, Ground Services, Motor Transport and Security.

    Jules’s has recently taken up the post as overall Operations Director for the airport, which sees compliance, engineering, airfield operations and air traffic control all falling within his new remit.


  • Mike Stewart – Business Development Director

    Mike Stewart – Business Development Director

    The experience that Mike brings includes the management of the merger of British Airways World Cargo regional operations with Dunwoody Airline Services Ltd to form British Airways Regional Cargo – British Airways’ successful UK cargo sales and handling partner.

    Mike was a board member and Managing Director of British Airways Regional Cargo, which was bought over by Worldwide Flight Services – one of the largest airport ground handlers in the world.

    Worldwide Flight Services offered Mike the role of Commercial Director. In this role he secured a number of lucrative airline contracts within the UK before embarking on a successful project to establish Worldwide Flight Services operations across South Africa.

    Mike is joining Glasgow Prestwick Airport following a period as an aviation consultant where he was engaged in high profile aviation related projects including securing the prestigious American Airlines contract on behalf of Airworld Global Ltd, a brand new General Sales Agent in the UK market.

  • Sonia Rafferty – Human Resource Director

    Sonia Rafferty – Human Resource Director

    With more than 18 years’ experience in Human Resources at a senior level across the aviation and manufacturing sectors, Sonia oversees the airports Human Resource, Employee Development and Engagement and Health and Safety.

    Sonia has led Human Resources for 16 years and in this time she successfully led staff through periods of change. Testament to this is the 1% staff turnover rate and the 41 percentage of total employees with more than 10 years’ service and 11% with more than 22 year’s service.

    Sonia is a Member Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) with a qualification from Strathclyde University.  Sonia in a qualified paralegal in employment law, a Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming and a qualification in train the trainer.