BAA capital programmes director Steve Morgan will leave his role this month to be replaced by current commercial director John Holland-Kaye.
The surprise decision was announced this morning and ends Mr Morgan’s three and a half years in the role where he had been responsible for capital programme and procurement.
Mr Morgan is believed to have decided to leave BAA to ‘focus on the next phase of his career’ and will formally leave the role on 31 October with John Holland-Kaye, current commercial director replacing him in the role from November.
Mr Holland-Kaye said: “We’re spending £1billion a year on capital investment to transform Heathrow into a hub airport that Britain can be proud of. We have improved significantly over the last few years, but there is more to be done;
“We have many changes planned which will improve passenger experience at Heathrow, the biggest of which is Terminal 2, which will open in 2014. I am looking forward to leading our team to make it happen.”
Speaking at a CN roundtable earlier this year, Mr Morgan spoke about his desire for BAA to work with single contractors rather than joint ventures. He also spoke about the need for construction clients like BAA to be more intelligent procurers of work.
He said: “We, people like BAA, we are not in construction industry; we are in the construction market. We have to recognise that clients are programme managers and that is is a professional field too.
“We have to raise people from university level and give them the skills that are necessary to manage major programmes and make sure we as clients stay out of the way and don’t tell you what to do.”
Mr Morgan also spoke about his desire to see greater competition introduced into contracts rather than allocating large amounts of work through frameworks.
He added: “What I want is an excellent performing contractor that will work with us in a collaborative sense but I do not want to cohabitate. I do not want contractors in my organisation, I do not want my email address to be the same one as theirs. We need a distinction between clients and contractors.”
Mr Morgan joined BAA in February 2009 and is responsible for BAA’s capital programme and procurement. Previously he was at British Nuclear Fuels as commercial director of Sellafield Ltd.