David Lees

Southampton Airport

David Lees is a frequent flyer when it comes to success in the aviation industry.

He has worked in the sector for more than 20 years, including roles at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. He joined Southampton Airport in 2007 as planning and development director, and was responsible for the airport’s masterplan, which predicts how the airport will develop in the years to 2030. He is now its managing director.

With David at the helm, Southampton Airport has developed into the UK’s number one airport for service and is well known for its ‘Breeze Through’ brand, which positions it as ‘fast, easy and friendly’ compared with its London counterparts.

Not satisfied with just improving what goes on inside the airport, David is driving efforts to reduce the airport’s environmental impact on the local area. Efforts include CO2 and waste reduction measures as well as taking a lead on airport energy reduction technology (the airport uses solar power as well as light-emitting-diode technology in more than 80% of the airport lighting).

He is also on the board of the Solent Local Enterprise. This is an action group of leaders from the Solent business, local authority and academic community, which works to allow businesses to grow, become more profitable, become greener, and enable new businesses to form and prosper.

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