Membership and Code of Conduct

Gatwick terminal check-in area 1958Membership and presence at meetings

The members of the committee are drawn from three broad groups:

  • Users: travel and tourism industry, aviation industry including airlines, passengers
  • Local authorities: all those whose boundary abuts Gatwick Airport or the M23 spur road
  • Local interest groups: groups representing local people affected by the airport’s operations including environmental and noise groups, business and economic groups and employees

All member organisations commit to providing the most senior person available with the required knowledge to represent them at GATCOM.

All members commit to working on GATCOM business between meetings and giving timely responses to requests for comments and feedback between committee meetings.

GATCOM Membership


Mr Tom Crowley

Tom Crowley was appointed as the independent chair of the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee in September 2018 and took up his position upon the retirement of the former chair, John Godfrey, at the end of the year. Until April 2018 Tom was Chief Executive of Horsham District Council, a role he held for thirteen years.

Tom has over forty years’ experience in Local Government the bulk of which time was spent with district councils in West Sussex and Surrey. A Chartered Town Planner by profession Tom has substantial experience of working to balance the conflicting demands and expectations of individuals and organisations in relation to the social, environmental and economic impacts of development. He has worked closely with local communities and their elected representatives and, having lived and worked in the area since 1980, has personal experience of the importance of the airport, including the contribution it makes to the local economy as well as its less desirable effects.

Tom is involved in voluntary work – he Chairs Action on Empty Homes, a national campaigning charity and is also a Governor with the Chichester College Group.

Married with two grown up sons, Tom lives in Horsham and, in his spare time, likes to read, watch films, attempt home improvements and keep fit through swimming, cycling and going to the gym.

The appointment of Tom Crowley was announced in September 2018 – click here to see press release.

 Committee Members

East Sussex County Council

Mr Rupert Simmons

(Claire Dowling – substitute)

Surrey County Council

Mrs Helyn Clack  – also GATCOM Vice-Chair

(Mr Graham Knight – substitute)

West Sussex County Council

Mr Bob Lanzer

(Mr Sujan Wickremaratchi– substitute)

Kent County Council

Mr Michael Payne

(Mr Matthew Balfour – substitute)

Crawley Borough Council

Mr Gurinder Jhans

(Mr Peter Smith – substitute)

Tandridge District Council

Ms Liz Lockwood

(Sir Nicholas White – substitute)

Horsham District Council

Mrs Liz Kitchen

(TBA- substitute)

Mid Sussex District Council

Mr Stephen Hillier

(Mr Jim Knight – substitute)

Mole Valley District Council

Mr Clayton Wellman

(Ms Caroline Salmon – substitute)

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Mr Alex Horwood

(Mr Richard Biggs  – substitute)

 Rusper Parish Council

Mr Malcolm Fillmore

(Ms Gill Fleming – substitute)

Horley Town Council

Mr Mike George

(Mrs Fiona Stimpson – substitute)

Burstow Parish Council

Mr R Alan Jones

(Mr Phil Hamlet – substitute)

Charlwood Parish Council

Mrs Carolyn Evans

(Mr Nick Hague – substitute)

Gatwick Airline Operators Committee

Mr Douglas Moule

(Mr Jamie Hobbs – substitute)

Business Group


(TBA – substitute)


Mrs Angie Hills

(Mr Luke Petherbridge – substitute)

Gatwick Diamond Business

Mr Jeff Alexander

(Mr Brett North – substitute)

Airlines UK


(Mr Alun Adler – substitute)

Environmental and Amenity Groups

(represented by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign)

Mr Peter Barclay

(Mr Peter Jordan – substitute)

Which? Member

Mr Chris Larkman

(Mr Bill Taylor – substitute)

Airlines Group


London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr Simon Dishman

(Mr Sean McKee – substitute)

Passenger Representative

Mrs Samantha Williams

(Mrs Claire Booth – substitute)

Tourism South-East

Mr Mark Smith

(TBA – substitute)

Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership

Ms Katie Nurcombe

(Mr Matthew Wragg – substitute)

Trades Union Congress Southern and Eastern Regional Council

Mr Jamie Major

(Ms Claire Simpson – substitute)

Advisers to the Committee

Honorary Secretary

Tony Kershaw

Assistant Secretary

Paula Street

Technical Adviser

Brian Cox

Also Present at GATCOM Meetings

Department for Transport

Tim May

Gatwick Airport Limited

Chief Executive Officer

Stewart Wingate

Head Airspace Strategy and Engagement

Andy Sinclair

Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning & Sustainability

Tim Norwood




Community Relations Manager

Robin Clarke

Gatwick Air Traffic Control

General Manager, ANS

Sally Franks

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GATCOM Steering Group Membership


Tom Crowley

Environmental and Amenities Groups

Peter Barclay

Crawley Borough Council

Peter Smith (substitute)

Passenger Representative

Samantha Williams

Horsham District Council

Liz Kitchen

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Alex Horwood

Airlines UK

Alun Adler

Tandridge District Council

Liz Lockwood

West Sussex County Council

Bob Lanzer

Gatwick AOC

Douglas Moule

Surrey County Council

Helyn Clack

Gatwick Diamond Business

Jeff Alexander

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Passenger Advisory Group

GATCOM Members appointed annually:


Tom Crowley

Gatwick AOC

Douglas Moule

Surrey County Council

Helyn Clack

(GATCOM Vice-Chair)


Angie Hills

Which? Member

Chris Larkman

Gatwick Airport Limited appoints independent passenger representatives following advertisement and interview:

Paul Audu Ann Bates
Claire Booth (Vice-Chair) Fiona Bowers
Clive Brooks Nick Brooks
Sabrina D’Anjou Wendy Dudley
Keith Frimley Fenella Hunter
Sheila Plant Mark Reddick
Tanya Sephton Gareth Thomas
Claire Vickers Samantha Williams (Chair)

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Gatwick Airport Limited’s Noise and Track Monitoring Advisory Group (NATMAG)

GATCOM also appoints seven representatives to serve on Gatwick Airport Limited’s Noise and Track Monitoring Advisory Group (NATMAG).

The following members are appointed for a term of two years:

  • Matthew Balfour (Kent County Council)
  • Peter Barclay (Environment and Amenities Groups)
  • Mike George (Horley Town Council)
  • Liz Lockwood (Tandridge District Council)
  • Alan Jones (Burstow Parish Council)
  • Liz Kitchen (Horsham District Council)
  • Caroline Salmon (Mole Valley District Council)

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Member Code of Conduct

GATCOM has adopted the Code of Conduct set out in the Department for Transport’s Guidelines for Airport Consultative Committees:


Committee members should treat each other with respect and courtesy at all times.


Committee members should dedicate sufficient time to prepare for and attend meetings, including seeking advice and views from others in their organisation where appropriate.

Conflicts of Interest:

Members should identify and declare any conflicts of interest (actual, potential or perceived), particularly where members do not represent an organisation.


Members should participate fully in meetings. They should listen to what others have to say and keep an open mind while contributing constructively to discussions. Actions assigned to members should be fulfilled in a timely manner and progress reported back at the next meeting.

Openness and Accountability:

Members should be open and accountable to each other and the organisations and communities they represent about their work on the committee.


Members should respect the status of any confidential issues they discuss.
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