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About MPD

MPD was formed in February 2000 in order to provide advisory services to the airport and air transport industries.

The founders of the Company were senior executives from the air transport industry, principally John Mills, former BAA Management Board Director and Group Director of Human Resources, and John Phillips, formerly Chief Economist and Head of Corporate Strategy at BAA plc.

Since then, the Company has established an excellent reputation for providing detailed, targeted and cost effective advice and has developed an impressive track record in many countries, details of which are summarised on this site.

Following increased demand for its services, the Company has been expanded with the appointment of Clive Davies as Managing Director and John Baillie as Director Operations.  Both were formerly Executive Directors at Omniport Holdings Limited, the regional airport operator which owns Norwich International Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands (and previously owned Glasgow Prestwick Airport).

These new appointments have enabled the Company to expand its range of services.

The combination of a specialist team of aviation consultants with successful regional airport ownership and management skills now enables the Company to offer an even more extensive portfolio of services ranging from airport advisory work, through the many diverse disciplines of airport management and operation to airport investment.

In addition to the principal directors, the Company has dedicated professional associates, covering all of the many disciplines involved in the industry, all of whom have real hands on experience gained at senior levels within major airport organisations.

Through its international industry experience, MPD is able to understand the air transport markets that exist in different parts of the world, and tailor specific practical solutions for each.

We work with a variety of clients including investment banks, airport investors, governments, the European Commission, NATO, airport authorities and airlines as well as private sector airport companies.

Our philosophy is simple:-

‘To provide an independent, innovative, high quality service to maximise the potential of your business’.

MPD Team
MPD employs a core team of directors and specialists, complemented by a range of associates skilled in individual disciplines.

This enables us to provide highly targeted specialist advice at the most cost effective rates and provides a flexible approach which fits closely with our clients’ requirements and aspirations.

All MPD directors have board level experience in the international airport industry.  They are:-

Clive Davies – Managing Director

Clive Davies is a founding Director of MPD Group. He was formerly an Executive Director of Omniport Holdings Limited, the regional airport Company which owns Norwich International Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands and previously owned Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Scotland.

Prior to that he was Director of Airport Development for National Express Group where he led the successful bid team for Stewart International Airport in New York, the first airport to be privatised in the United States.

He previously spent 9 years with BAA plc working in Sir John Egan's Corporate Strategy team in London and subsequently as Director of Business Development for BAA Asia Pacific in Hong Kong.

Following graduation, Clive also spent 7 years at Manchester International Airport where he was responsible for the formulation of the Airport's Development Strategy, including the planning work on the Airport's second terminal building.

A full Curriculum Vitae for Clive can be found on the download page of the website.

John Baillie – Director Operations

John Baillie joined MPD Group in February 2009. He was formerly an Executive Director of Omniport Holdings Limited, the regional airport Company which owns Norwich International Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands and previously owned Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Scotland.

Prior to that, John was responsible for European Airport Business Development at the aviation division of Stagecoach Holdings Ltd and was instrumental in Omniport's purchase of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in January 2001.

John was previously Head of Marketing at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, where he played a key role in the airport's much publicised recovery and regeneration in the European market place.

A full Curriculum Vitae can be found for John on the download page of the website.

John Mills - Chairman

In 1997 John established a consulting practice specialising in aviation management which was then merged with Airport Economics in 2000 to become MPD. John has been responsible for advising clients at the highest levels on airports in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

Prior to being a consultant John was a key executive at BAA with responsibility for organisation and personnel world wide. His achievements included guiding the company in to the private sector, major increases in productivity and international acquisitions all obtained without staff disruption.

Previously John held senior line management posts at Heathrow Airport and for planning the development of Gatwick Airport before which he was the ICAO Air Transport Adviser for Europe and North Africa.
Earlier in his career John was in the RAF and UK Ministry of Civil Aviation.

John Phillips – Deputy Chairman

John Phillips is a specialist in airport privatisation, business strategy, economic regulation and institutional reform.  He has over 30years experience in the industry. 

As Chief Economist, he was responsible for charging policy for the major airport operator BAA and helped to see through its privatisation.  As an independent consultant he has helped with the privatisation of Malta airport, and has carried out a number of business strategy reviews for airports and commercial banks. 

He has provided Business Planning support for bidders seeking to purchase or acquiring shareholdings in airport sales.  In this he has specialised in traffic analysis, aeronautical revenues and economic regulation. He has carried out a review of institutional arrangements for the States of Jersey and led a team conducting a review of the institutional structure of air transport in Morocco as part of a Structural Adjustment Programme for the European Commission.

John Card - Associate

John Card has wide experience in aviation management and development projects, including traffic forecasting, investment appraisal, economic assessment, project definition, airport operations, capital finance, management accounting, aviation policy development and institutional strengthening.

Previous experience includes business planning and evaluation of commercial aviation development opportunities in 18 countries over 4 continents.

Prior to joining MPD, John was in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority's strategic planning function. As well as airport projects he has carried out a number of regulatory, airline and air traffic control studies.

Eli Abeles - Associate

Eli Abeles has over 40 years experience in air transport strategic planning and consultancy, both in the UK and overseas, including a 27 year career at British Airways. He has been an Associate Consultant with MPD Group for over 5 years.

As a consultant Eli has carried out a series of wide-ranging aviation and travel-related economic analyses and strategic projects for a prestigious client list, including Air France, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus, Britannia, Thomson Holidays, Carnival, the European Commission, BAA, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and a number of private equity firms and hedge funds. He has spoken at conferences and advises the media on aviation and travel-related issues.

While at British Airways he was a senior member of the strategic and economic planning team, and latterly as Deputy Head of Corporate Development he developed and took a leading role in British Airways' activities in the fields of alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers in Europe and the Americas. His main contribution to the airline was in strategic analysis - of markets and traffic flows, and of the economic, aviation infrastructure and competitive environment, as well as of British Airways' own marketplace strengths and weaknesses.

Dan Greenwood - Associate

Dan Greenwood has been an MPD Associate since completing a 3.5 year personal contract (won in open European competition) as an internal consultant to the Airport Policy Unit of the European Commission, assessing airport applications for Community funding, as well as representing the EC on ICAO environmental working groups.

Dan has worked on over 40 airport and air transport development projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe for international agencies and financial institutions; applying his practical experience in the aviation sector.

This experience, including airport marketing, ranged from international, British and Dutch airline management posts, incorporating corporate budgeting, the identification of new markets, route inauguration, fleet planning and scheduling; to certification by the Civil Aviation Authority to take total responsibility for the operations of a UK regional carrier.


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