The Arora Group has appointed Lord Grade as Chair of its London Heathrow Airport Expansion Advisory Board.
The announcement signals the further strengthening of its leadership team for delivering the expansion of Heathrow, adding to its existing Advisory Board which includes Sir Rod Eddington, Robert Webb QC, and Mike Clasper CBE. Arora say the appointment comes at an important time for the Group as it continues to push for what it describes as “a new, more efficient approach to expansion at Heathrow by introducing competition that will benefit both the passengers and the airlines”.
Commenting on the appointment, Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of the Arora Group said: “I am delighted to welcome Lord Grade to our Advisory Board. He brings considerable Board experience, and I very much look forward to working with him, alongside our excellent existing external Advisory Board members: Sir Rod Eddington, Robert Webb, and Mike Clasper. Arora is continuing to push for competition at Heathrow to challenge Heathrow Airport Limited. We can deliver a cost-effective alternative which is better for airlines and passengers alike.”
Commenting on the appointment, Lord Grade said: “I am delighted to be joining Surinder and the Arora Group’s Heathrow Expansion Advisory Board at this exciting time. I have been following their proposals closely and am keen to support the sustainable success of this iconic British transport and business hub.”
Arora Group proposed their own expansion scheme for Heathrow in 2017 which they said would be cheaper for passengers, because it promoted competition better than either Heathrow’s north western runway proposal, or Heathrow Hub’s extended runway.
Michael Grade was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and executive chairman of ITV PLC from 2007 to 2009. He was appointed to the House of Lords as a Conservative Party peer in 2011. He has also held roles at Channel4, Pinewood Shepperton, Ocado Group, and Infinity Creative Media. He is a Trustee of the Science Museum.