FP Airports specialises in strategies for retaining viable aviation infrastructure. We bring the people, ideas, expertise and capital to ensure that airports with a future, have a future.
Where required, we partner with local authorities to deliver those outcomes. Operationally, economically and environmentally for the long term.
We create sustainable strategies to position airports as integral growth drivers within local and regional economies. Our approach matches innovation, and resourcefulness with multi-sector expertise, a long-term perspective and quality of delivery.
Simon is Chair of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. He was formerly Leader of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council.
Simon became a non-executive director of Homes England in 2017, becoming Senior Independent Director and then Interim Chair in 2019. After a 30-year career working for HSBC, Svenska Handelsbanken, he became partner of his own structured finance advisory business, a managing director in Fixed Income at Citigroup Global Markets and then spent some years in private equity. Simon has an expertise in infrastructure finance, having worked extensively on the £16 billion take-private of the airport operator BAA (Heathrow airport) in 2006 and leading the refinancing of it in 2008.
Raoul was founder and chief executive of a Plymouth-based big data, predictive analytics start-up which secured more than £30 million investment and created 50 hi-tech jobs in Plymouth together with a further 20 jobs in London. Raoul leads the strategic business planning and development work for FP Airports and has brought together the resources and team to deliver the group’s objectives.
Whittacre spent much of his career at BAE Systems where he was part of the senior finance team with responsibility for Export and Structured Finance. During this time he was involved in the development of airport concepts and planning for overseas clients. Whittacre has for a number of years been Secretary of the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee.
A respected figure on the global public transport stage, Andy Byford was Commissioner of Transport for London from 2020 during which time he steered TfL through the challenges rising from the Covid pandemic, oversaw the opening of the Elizabeth Line and secured a long-term funding deal with Government. Prior to TfL, Andy ran the New York City Transit and before that, the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada.
Amanda, who chairs FP Airports' Plymouth interest FlyPlymouth Ltd, is CEO of 100 Women In Finance, a global association of finance industry professionals that aims to empower women in the sector and inspire the next generation of young women to join. She was previously a Partner at Aquamarine Capital, managing two investment funds. Among her other roles, Amanda was Chair of The HALO Trust – the world's largest humanitarian landmine clearance charity – from 2014-18 and continues to serve on the HALO USA Board as a Trustee.
Andrew is a qualified operations specialist with over 15 years’ experience in senior management responsible for regulatory, safety and operational activity. Engaging across both public and private sector bodies, Andrew has extensive experience in project management, systems development and risk management and a proven capability to deliver critical business milestones.