Executive Management Team
Stewart Adams – Chief Executive Officer
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.
Ian Forgie – Chief Financial Officer
A Scottish Chartered Accountant and a CFO with over 30 years of business experience, Ian’s career has spanned aviation, pharmaceuticals, distribution, dairy and technology.
Having previously held the position of Group Financial Controller within the airport for two years during the ownership of Stagecoach and then Infratil, Ian moved on to various Finance Director and CFO roles within large and SME businesses.
Ian brings with him a wealth of experience and commercial know-how from working in complex businesses, where he has dealt with restructuring, corporate governance as well as stakeholder management. He has delivered several substantial cost saving initiatives and ERP system implementations alongside raising private equity and bank funding.
Zoe Kilpatrick – Commercial Director
An experienced commercial manager, Zoe joined Glasgow Prestwick Airport having spent more than 15 years working for UK PLC’s operating in the FMCG sector.
Whilst at Cadbury and PZ Cussons, Zoe held various senior positions within sales and marketing, developing the commercial strategy for large brands, delivering business critical projects and managing customer relationships.
More recently Zoe worked for South Ayrshire Council, where she was part of a small team developing the Ayrshire Growth Deal proposition and, more broadly, the development of aerospace and space activities at Prestwick.
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 Resources 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, People Development, Occupational Health, Data Protection, FOI & Records Information Management.
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 years’ 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.