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Gatwick Airport hosts FREE family fun day at Aviation Museum

London Gatwick is partnering with the Gatwick Aviation Museum for a second year in a row to host a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the services which operate at the UK’s second largest airport.



The ‘Gatwick Fun’ day event will provide families with a whole host of exciting activities, refreshments and interactive displays, including opportunities to get up close with the vehicles and equipment used on a daily basis by the Gatwick Fire Service, Airfield Operations and Engineering teams.

Sussex Police will also have a large presence at the event and will be exhibiting a number of different sectors across the force such as a police dog unit vehicle and an armoured Land Rover.

Last year 1,200 people attended the event and this year the airport is making entry free for all with a suggested £5 donation for parking to help raise money for Gatwick’s local charity partners: Gatwick TravelCare, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and St Catherine’s Hospice.

Gatwick Fun forms part of the airport’s wider community engagement programme, which focusses on projects that have a lasting, positive impact on large numbers of local people across the region. The airport has sponsored more than 60 events in the past year that promote local health and wellbeing, celebrate diversity, the local environment or promote local business.

The event is taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood on 15 September from 10am to 4pm and no pre-registration is required.

Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“We are proud to once again be partnering with the Gatwick Aviation Museum to host this exciting event, which promises to be fun for all the family.

“Gatwick Fun really allows us to showcase what it takes to run of one of the world’s busiest airports and our teams look forward to meeting and greeting the local community on the day.”

Gatwick Aviation Museum Manager, Ashley Colella, said:

“The museum is honoured to be able to bring this event back for a second year. It’s a great opportunity and furthers the aims of our charity to showcase the best the local community has to offer.”

Gatwick Airport Commander and Superintendent, Justin Burtenshaw, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Gatwick Fun day. To be able to open policing to the public gives people the opportunity to see how we police the airport and work with partners to keep people travelling through Gatwick safe. The open day will give people an insight into many different aspects of policing from armed policing to dogs.”


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.



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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