Arora appoints Michael Grade as chair of its Heathrow expansion board

By James Wallace - Monday, April 09, 2018 9:15

The Arora Group has appointed Lord Michael Grade as chair of its London Heathrow Airport Expansion Advisory Board.

The announcement adds to the board’s existing team which includes Sir Rod Eddington AO, Robert Webb QC, and Mike Clasper CBE CMGR CCMI.

Lord 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. A former sports journalist, he entered the television industry in 1973 when he joined London Weekend Television as Deputy Controller of Programmes.

He subsequently held roles as Chief Executive of Channel 4, Executive Chair and CEO of First Leisure, Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton, Chairman of Camelot Group, Chairman of Ocado Group, Chairman and CEO of ITV plc and Chairman of Infinity Creative Media. He has also held roles on the BBC Board of Governors and Press Complaints Commission and continues to act as Chairman of the Charity Fundraising Regulator, Chairman of the Media Museum, Bradford and Trustee on the Science Museum.

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.”

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.

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