An introduction to our values and to our team

About us

Our mission and values

Luton Rising is the trading name of London Luton Airport Ltd.

The airport is our largest asset, but we are much more than airport. We are owned by a sole shareholder Luton Council for community benefit, not private shareholders.  We are supporting a movement to create a town built on fairness, where people can thrive and no-one has to live in poverty.

This is reflected in our values. It is also reflected in very tangible contributions.

The contribution we are able to make to frontline services amounts to 15% of the Council’s income. On top of that, we give significant support to community groups and services in Luton, amounting to around £7 million this year. These include organisations which help homeless people, people needing mental health support and people who are hungry. We highlight some of these people in the Our Community section.

Our social impact comes not just from these substantial financial contributions to Luton’s public services and community organisations (£412 million in total since 1998). It is also reflected in how we grow our business, such as developing a new, green innovation hub, and our inclusive employment initiatives.

As the most significant business in the region, the airport supports 27,000 jobs and £1.8 billion in economic activity.

Our other assets, such as the Luton DART, have given opportunities to hundreds of people to develop skills and begin their careers, and our business parks will take this further. This is truly “levelling up”. This is covered in detail in the Our Airport section.

As owners of an airport, we are aware of our environmental impact: particularly carbon emissions, noise, traffic and air pollution. Our sustainability strategy is, we believe, the most far-reaching commitment to minimising these environmental impacts ever put forward by a UK airport. And we aim to go further, pro-actively supporting the Council’s target for Luton to be carbon neutral by 2040. You can read much more about this in the Our Planet section.

We are, in essence, a social enterprise, at the heart of a movement for positive change in our town and in our region. We hope you will join us on that journey.

Luton Rising is the trading name of London Luton Airport Ltd, a company that owns London Luton Airport. Our shareholder is Luton Council, which means that financial benefits arising from airport ownership can flow directly into local and nearby communities impacted by its operations.

Our Board of Directors is appointed by Luton Council, as shareholder, predominantly from amongst its elected Members. The Directors of Luton Rising are currently:

  • Paul Kehoe CBE (Chair)
  • Councillor Javeria Hussain (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor Azizul Ambia
  • Councillor Mohammed Yaqub Hanif
  • Councillor Charmaine Isles
  • Councillor Khtija Malik
  • Councillor Amy Nicholls
  • Councillor James Taylor
  • Rob Brighouse
  • Nick Platts, Managing Director
  • Mark Turner, Executive Director – Governance
  • Richard Robinson OBE, Executive Director, Development Projects (Interim)
  • Dr Romano Pagliari (Advisory Member)

The Luton Rising Team

  • Nick Platts

    Managing Director

  • Mark Turner

    Executive Director- Governance

  • Nick Prowse

    Commercial and Legal Director

  • Ian Otter

    Ian Otter

    Programme Director

  • Jackie Little

    Jackie Little

    Business Manager

  • Anthony Aldridge

    Antony Aldridge

    Programme Director

  • Alicja Pronobis

    Alicja Pronobis

    Administration and Facility Management Officer

  • Karen Fletcher

    Karen Fletcher

    Programme Support Coordinator

  • Rosie Copperwheat

    Rosie Copperwheat

    Social Media Coordinator

  • Susan Hall

    Susan Hall

    Programme Management Officer

  • Chris Hall

    Chris Hall

    Communications & Engagement Manager

  • Pam Shaw

    Pam Shaw

    Commercial Property Facilities Manager

  • Sandra Billins

    Executive Assistant to Managing Director

  • Linsey Sweet

    General Manager- DART

  • Simone Watling

    Business Administration Apprentice

  • Trevor Bishop

    Finance Business Partner