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. 


HCEB Ltd
Board of Directors

The Chair of the HCEB Ltd is responsible to the Board of Directors.
Our board has 3 executive directors and 5 non-executive directors. Their job is to ensure that the HCEB Ltd is functioning in line with its terms of reference. 

Executive Directors

 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

non-executive directors

Mark Izatt
Kris Beuret
Bharan Kumar
Paul Atkin
John Davies

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.