About us

We are a non-profit company limited by guarantee, operating independently from Heathrow Airport. 

History
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.

 

Key Documents

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. 

 
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Rachel Cerfontyne

Chair of the HCEB

Rachel trained and worked as a social worker before becoming a probation officer. Rachel was most recently Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where she spent 9 years improving and maintaining public confidence in the police complaints system and oversaw their two largest investigations including the Hillsborough Disaster and the Rotherham Child Sexual Abuse scandal. Having spent her early years in Feltham, a community close to the airport, Rachel has first-hand knowledge of the impacts and importance Heathrow can have on local residents.

Rachel works 2 days a week as Chair of the HCEB Ltd maintaining strategic oversight and managing the organisation's relationships with key stakeholders and interested parties. 

  Anna O'Rourke   Anna was most recently Head of Secretariat at HM Inspectorate of Prisons overseeing the work of the press, publications, policy, HR and finance teams as well as managing the relationship between HMIP and the Ministry of Justice. Having spent the last 13 years working for independent statutory bodies, Anna understands the importance of demonstrable independence.   Anna leads on the development of the HCEB's strategic work plan as well as managing relationships with senior stakeholders like the DfT. 

Anna O'Rourke

Anna was most recently Head of Secretariat at HM Inspectorate of Prisons overseeing the work of the press, publications, policy, HR and finance teams as well as managing the relationship between HMIP and the Ministry of Justice. Having spent the last 13 years working for independent statutory bodies, Anna understands the importance of demonstrable independence.

Anna leads on the development of the HCEB's strategic work plan as well as managing relationships with senior stakeholders like the DfT. 

  Guido Liguori   Guido is a Legal Ombudsman who trained as a solicitor and was a partner and head of department specialising in criminal defence and police complaints and worked in the civil service where he prosecuted cases that involved serious drug importations and high-value Excise and VAT frauds.    Guido leads on the operations of the HCEB Ltd as an independent company and our engagement with the local communities most acutely affected by the airport.

Guido Liguori

Guido is a Legal Ombudsman who trained as a solicitor and was a partner and head of department specialising in criminal defence and police complaints and worked in the civil service where he prosecuted cases that involved serious drug importations and high-value Excise and VAT frauds. 

Guido leads on the operations of the HCEB Ltd as an independent company and our engagement with the local communities most acutely affected by the airport.

  Sam Matthews   Sam joined the HCEB team from the Labour Party, where he was Director of Legal & Governance, having worked on campaigns and election strategy for the Labour Party, Better Together, Britain Stronger in Europe and Hillary Clinton. Having spent 5 years living around Egham while he was at University, Sam has direct experience of living with the airport as a neighbour.    Sam leads on our communications, our governance structures and our engagement with Local Authorities as well as managing our relationship with Heathrow Airport. 

Sam Matthews

Sam joined the HCEB team from the Labour Party, where he was Director of Legal & Governance, having worked on campaigns and election strategy for the Labour Party, Better Together, Britain Stronger in Europe and Hillary Clinton. Having spent 5 years living around Egham while he was at University, Sam has direct experience of living with the airport as a neighbour. 

Sam leads on our communications, our governance structures and our engagement with Local Authorities as well as managing our relationship with Heathrow Airport. 

 
  Rebecca Cox   Rebecca joined the HCEB having spent 3 years as Secretary to the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee, the HCEB's predecessor body. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the HCEB team on the history and development of the transition, day to day operations at the airport and previous consultations.    Rebecca is the secretary to the HCEB's Strategic Advisory Groups, supports the Chair and leads on the administration of the organisation including correspondence.  

Rebecca Cox

Rebecca joined the HCEB having spent 3 years as Secretary to the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee, the HCEB's predecessor body. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the HCEB team on the history and development of the transition, day to day operations at the airport and previous consultations. 

Rebecca is the secretary to the HCEB's Strategic Advisory Groups, supports the Chair and leads on the administration of the organisation including correspondence.  

  Martyn Hurst   Martin spent his career as an aircraft engineer. He is now a consultant and technical advisor to the HCEB. He provides us with invaluable advice on a range of technical matters.   Martyn leads on preparing responses to technical consultations and on our engagement with Small and Medium Sized Business. 

Martyn Hurst

Martin spent his career as an aircraft engineer. He is now a consultant and technical advisor to the HCEB. He provides us with invaluable advice on a range of technical matters.

Martyn leads on preparing responses to technical consultations and on our engagement with Small and Medium Sized Business. 

 

HCEB Ltd
Board of Directors

The Chair of the HCEB Ltd is responsible to the Board of Directors.
Our board will have 7 voting directors, 3 executive directors and 4 non-executive directors. Their job is to ensure that the HCEB Ltd is functioning in line with its terms of reference. 

We are currently recruiting our non-exeuctive directors. Their details will appear below when they are recruited. 

 Rachel Cerfontyne  Chair & Executive Director

Rachel Cerfontyne
Chair & Executive Director

 Anna O'Rourke  Executive Director

Anna O'Rourke
Executive Director

 Guido Liguori  Executive Director

Guido Liguori
Executive Director

Strategic Advisory Group: Communities & Stakeholders

The Strategic Advisory Group: Officers (SAGO) exists to provide high level strategic advice to the Chair and the Board of Directors on how the HCEB can fulfil its purpose. 

This broad group is designed to be representative of each group who are affected by the airport's day to day operations or by the proposed expansion. 

The SAGO meets six times a year on the same day as the Strategic Advisory Group: Elected Members. 

We are currently finalising the membership of the SAGO, but details of who is being invited to be a member of the SAGO can be found in our Rules of Organisation. 

Strategic Advisory Group: Elected Members

The Strategic Advisory Group: Elected Members also exists to provide high level strategic advice to the Chair and the Board of Directors on how the HCEB can fulfil its purpose from the perspective of statutory authorities. 

This group is constituted of the leaders or cabinet members of the local authorities most affected by the airport's day to day operations or the proposed expansion as well as the Deputy Mayor of London (Transport). 

We are currently finalising the membership of the SAGEM, but details of who is being invited to be a member of the SAGEM can be found in our Rules of Organisation.