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British Airways ‘Dream Team’ surprise customers for Sport Relief at Gatwick

Stars including Gary Lineker & gymnast Louis Smith, served customers at Gatwick on the check in desk and assisted them with their bags, in an effort to raise money for sport relief.

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Max Whitlock helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport by becoming a baggage porter for the morning. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Customers checking in to British Airways today are getting a very unique experience as British Airways Dream Team show their support for sport relief.

The airline has created a celebrity Dream Team made up of sporting stars who helped travellers on their journey in exchange for a donation.

Gary Lineker with a young British Airways customer and staff at Gatwick to raise money for Sport Relief(Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Retired footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker, as well as gymnast Louis Smith were assisting customers as part of British Airways’ Dream Team.

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Gymnast Louis Smith helps on the check in desk. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Richard Whitehead helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport on the bag drop (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways

Also on the BA Dream Team were gymnast and five-time Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock; British athlete Richard Whitehead; former sprint and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson; television presenter Helen Skelton; Olympic champion Sally Gunnell; former rugby union player Ugo Monye and rugby union player, Ben Foden.

British athlete Colin Jackson (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Gary Lineker lays his skills on the table (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Helen Skelton (C) helps British Airways customers at Gatwick by checking in passengers (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Sally Gunnell (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sally Gunnell OBE has also just been announced as Age UK West Sussex’s official ambassador for the Vélo South 100-mile cycle. For more on that story, click here.

Ugo Monye (L) and Ben Foden help British Airways customers with baggage at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sports personalities (in white) L-R: Max Whitlock, Ugo Monye, Richard Whitehead, Helen Skelton, Louis Smith, Sir Chris Hoy, Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson and Ben Foden pose for a photo with British Airways staff whilst helping to raise money for Sport Relief at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

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Former Horsham Council CEO appointed as Chair for GATCOM

New Chair brings substantial experience of chairing committees and similar bodies locally and across the South East.

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New Chair of GATCOM, Tom Crowley.

Tom Crowley – the former Chief Executive of Horsham District Council – has been appointed as the new Chair of Gatwick Airport’s Consultative Committee (GATCOM) – the statutory, independent advisory body and ‘critical friend’ of the airport, it was announced today.

Tom will take up his new role in January 2019 – for a minimum of period of four years – and brings with him substantial experience chairing committees and similar bodies locally and across the South East region. He is also currently Chair of Empty Homes – a national research and campaigning charity – and a Governor of the Chichester College Group.

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Before his appointment as Horsham’s Chief Executive in 2005, Tom held senior management roles at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Arun District Council.

In its 62 year history, the 28-strong committee has maintained an independent and unbiased approach in its overarching objective, which is to ensure the future success of Gatwick Airport, while paying particular regard to the impact it has on the surrounding communities and the environment.

The outgoing Chair – Dr John Godfrey – will leave his role in December 2018 after announcing his retirement after eleven years in post. His achievements during this period have been described by Stewart Wingate – Gatwick’s CEO – as ‘considerable’ and include leading the committee through the sale of the airport by BAA to Global Infrastructure Partners in 2009.

John also steered GATCOM through major challenges such as the public consultations on a second runway and the airport’s master plan, through the use of and changes to flight paths, the establishment of the Gatwick Noise Management Board and helped to generate support to secure enhanced rail services to the airport.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said:

“I congratulate and look forward to working closely with Tom in his new role as Chair. This post is fundamental to the strength of GATCOM and the committee plays a key role advising me and my senior team about issues of concern to our local communities or that impact the local environment.

“I would also like to express my personal gratitude to Dr John Godfrey for dedicating over a decade to the role. I very much value his contribution to GATCOM and his achievements during his tenure have been considerable and have helped shape the direction the airport.”

Dr John Godfrey, outgoing GATCOM Chair, said:

“I join Stewart in congratulating Tom on his appointment and wish him well in his new role. GATCOM acts as a bridge between the airport management and all the various agencies and interests which make up the wider community which the airport serves. Tom’s background and experience equip him to make a major contribution to the important work of the UK’s leading airport consultative committee.”

Tom Crowley, incoming GATCOM Chair, said:

“I am delighted to have been selected for this important position. Having lived and worked locally for almost forty years I am acutely aware of the economic benefits that Gatwick brings but I also appreciate that the airport’s development and operation generates significant environmental impacts.

“GATCOM plays a vital role in representing the interests of those who benefit from and are affected by the airport and it provides an effective forum to promote constructive dialogue with Gatwick’s senior managers.”

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