Steve Morgan on why he's leaving BAA

3 October 2012

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4 October 2012 | Anna Reynolds

BAA's capital director Steve Morgan is to leave the airport operator at the end of this month, and will be replaced by commercial director John Holland-Kaye.

BAA confirmed Morgan, the 2008 CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professional of the Year, will leave the company at the end of October.

Speaking to SM today, Morgan said: “I was hired to lead the third runway project and its supporting Terminal 6, but these projects will not happen any time soon. I do not want to wait around that long to see if the runway materialises. I don’t want to be here to watch the paint dry, I want to do something big and exciting over the next couple of years."

He said he was open to a number of potential projects including MoD acquisition management, the 'nuclear renaissance', there was still much to do to remediate environmental damage, and "the economy will soon be recovering and will need major infrastructure renewal". "I am confident that there is a significant role for me either as an executive director or perhaps as a non-executive director sharing with others my experience and ideas about the 'Intelligent Client' model operated at BAA.”

Morgan said he was proud of BAA’s achievements and successes over the past years. “BAA now manages a sophisticated capital acquisition programme with clear quantifiable benefits and discipline that might have been lacking in the past. We are using incentivised collaborative contracts which are reaping great results and a much more constructive relationship with our major contractors.” 

Morgan joined BAA in 2009, responsible for the organisation’s capital programme and procurement. He previously worked at Sellafield as commercial director.

The announcement follows the news that BAA procurement director Sarah Ellis, the winner of the ‘procurement professional of the year’ in 2011, left the company at the end of September.

Morgan said Ellis planned to do some charity work in Africa working with endangered species, before returning to do another procurement role. “Sarah had completed her mission to restructure procurement operations at BAA and now it’s time to move procurement back under the chief operations officer,” he said.

Holland-Kaye will now take over the responsibility for capital delivery at Heathrow, Glasgow, Eastleigh and Aberdeen airports. This will include the £2.5 billion spend at Heathrow Terminal 2 and a potential £3 billion spend over the next five years.

Holland-Kaye said in a statement: “We’re spending £1 billion 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.”

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