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04/12/2020 - Graham Olver becomes Chief Executive of LLAL

London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), the Luton Council company that owns the airport, has announced that Graham Olver has taken over as its new Chief Executive Officer.

​Mr Olver succeeds Robin Porter, whose duties as Luton Council Chief Executive include working with Leader Councillor Hazel Simmons MBE as LLAL’s shareholder representative.

Olver, 59, joined LLAL as Chief Strategy Officer in November 2019 following a career developing critical infrastructure assets around the world. His appointment will enable the airport company to strongly focus on continuing to deliver maximum possible long-term benefit to local communities and regional economic and employment growth in a post-pandemic recovery.

He will lead LLAL’s work to supplement its established reputation as the UK’s number one community airport owner by also becoming one of its most sustainable.

He will also be working closely with Luton Council to ensure that the airport company plays a leading role supporting delivery of the council’s 2040 Vision for a place to thrive, where no-one in Luton should live in poverty, and a net zero carbon town.

Olver said: “Our airport company’s proud record of investment in its communities exceeds £400m over the last 20 years at a rate that is simply unmatched in this country and, to the best of our knowledge anywhere in the world.
“I am extremely proud to be accepting the opportunity to lead an airport company that makes such a difference not only to front-line services in Luton but also to the lives of local people and which supports around 27,000 jobs across the region including in its supply chains.

“My mission is to make sure that we establish equally serious environmental credentials so that, in partnership with our operator, London Luton Airport can become without question a leading player in sustainable aviation operations.

“Already this work is under way with delivery in 2022 of the pioneering Luton DART that will provide a step-change in how passengers can get to and from our airport by rail. We are also taking extra time to make sure that our proposals for long-term expansion to 32 mppa go even further to deliver against global, UK and our own environmental ambitions.”

Olver added: “I am quite clear that all future growth at London Luton Airport must be green growth. This must look at the whole picture, going beyond delivering improvements aimed at decarbonising the operation of our airport, and taking a systemic approach that puts climate change, air quality, noise impacts and integrated public transport at the heart of the story.

“This is an imperative to ensure that we can play a leading role delivering a sustainable economic recovery for our town and the region as we help our communities emerge from the impacts of coronavirus.”

Cllr Andy Malcolm, chair of LLAL and Luton Council’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “I am delighted to welcome Graham into his new role.   

“2020 has been the most challenging year ever experienced for aviation, and Graham has set out not only our path to recovery but also taken us forward in our approach to taking responsibility for the environment as well as for those who live and work nearby.

“The benefits of London Luton Airport stretch far beyond Luton and Bedfordshire, as a major source of employment and wealth for the region.

“We have a unique opportunity to play a leading role delivering greener aviation solutions for our regional and north London markets, and an improved quality of life and prosperity for residents and businesses at the heart of the emerging Oxford to Cambridge Arc.”​
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