We are a non-profit company limited by guarantee, operating independently from Heathrow Airport.
Last year it was agreed that the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee (HACC), an existing forum for local authorities, airport users and interest groups, would take on the additional responsibilities of the engagement board. The HACC was relaunched formally as the HCEB at the start of 2018.
Who are we?
We are a non-profit company limited by guarantee which operates independently from Heathrow Airport. We were setup to enable communities and key stakeholders to scrutinise, challenge and contribute effectively to decision-making at the airport. We aim to build the relationships necessary to ensure that these groups have the opportunity for their views to be heard. For more detail, click here to see our Terms of Reference.
What do we do?
We believe that communities and key stakeholders have the experience and expertise to identify not only the issues but also the solutions related to the impact that the airport has on them. We scrutinise and challenge Heathrow Airport to meaningfully engage with as many of those affected as possible and listen to their views. We work alongside communities and key stakeholders through one-to-one meetings, working groups, large forums, over the phone, online and in correspondence. Our values of independence, impartiality, inclusivity, transparency and integrity underpin all of our work.
Are we independent from Heathrow Airport?
Yes. We are a company limited by guarantee independent from Heathrow Airport. Our work is overseen by Rachel Cerfontyne, independent chair of the HCEB Ltd.
How are we funded?
Heathrow Airport is providing funding for the our operations. However, the board has operational independence and is free to use the funding as the Chair sees fit provided that at all times, the funding is used in accordance with the terms of reference which have been set and agreed upon by the board.
Are we in favour of or against the expansion of Heathrow Airport?
We do not have a view in favour or against the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport. Rachel has made very clear that our role is not to be a campaigning group for or against any proposed future development of the airport and will remain neutral on the issue of the proposed expansion of the airport.
Terms of Reference
Our terms of reference define the aims, purpose and values of the HCEB Ltd. Everything we do as an organisation has to meet the requirements set out in this document.
Rules of Organisation
The rules of organisation explain how the HCEB Ltd's structures are constituted.
Memorandum of Understanding
The memorandum of understanding is a document jointly owned by HCEB Ltd and Heathrow Airport. It details the understanding on both sides of how the two organisations are expected to work with each other.