Bermuda Airport Authority Members Announced

March 17, 2017

Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy announced the appointment of a team of local professionals to serve as members of the newly created Bermuda Airport Authority [BAA], a new Bermuda Government airport quango.

The BAA will be chaired by Mark Fields, retired General Manager of Sol Bermuda, and includes Mrs. Judith Hall-Bean, former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet [Deputy Head of the Civil Service]; Andrew Parsons, retired President of Bermuda Electric Light Company [BELCO]; Robert Steynor, retired Senior Vice President, Fuels, Logistics, Environment and Safety at BELCO; Ian MacIntyre, the Director of the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation until his retirement in 2008; and, Marshall Minors, Vice President for Facilities Management, Engineering Services, Property Management and Hotel Services for the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB].

Bermuda Airport Authority March 17 2017

The Chief Executive Officer of the BAA is Lester Nelson who has more than 25 years of experience in aviation and business management. He was the first Bermudian Manager of Air Operations at the Department of Airport Operations with responsibility for overseeing air traffic management, safety, security and emergency planning.

Minister Fahy said: “This is indeed a fantastic Board, made up of industry experts and seasoned professionals, who are all Bermudian. I am confident that they will serve Bermuda well.”

The Government said, “The BAA will be tasked with ensuring the interests of the Bermuda Government and Bermuda are protected and that the airport operator and vendors are held accountable to the standards set out in their contractual obligations, as outlined in the various agreements and contracts.

“The BAA will take on the responsibility of selected, retained Government services such as air traffic control operations, meteorological services, airport fire and rescue services and ground electronics, which are currently the responsibility of the Department of Airport Operations. The BAA will also regulate passenger fees and has discretion in approving increases in such fees.

“The Bermuda Airport Authority will also be responsible for identifying additional revenue generating opportunities.”

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  1. Onion Juice says:

    So we signed off on a contract that was partially explained and giving Canada $30 Million a year for 30 years.
    Commission of Inquiry !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Question oba? says:

    How much is the tax payer paying them?

    • swing voter says:

      yup….how much?

    • What?? says:

      The cost of running the BAA is estimated at $3.5 million for 2017/18. As to what these board members will be paid it can be assumed the standard rate for Government board members.

    • Um Um Like says:

      Why do you care? You didn’t seem to mind the PLP adding to the government workforce.

  3. frank says:

    This guy from solid should not be there
    Solar supplies fuel to the airport

  4. Joe Bloggs says:

    Does it matter?

    Would you rather have a politician in charge?

  5. School of Hard knocks. says:

    What’s it to you? How much are you earning?

  6. Real Onion says:

    Pathetic…apart from Nelson who has some airport management experience the rest wouldnt know a prop or a turbo prop.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      It’s obvious that you don’t know that one of them is an ex RAF pilot who later flew private jets .
      And it isn’t Nelson either . So there goes your ‘wouldn’t know a prop or turbo prop’ theory .

  7. Hmm says:

    Friends and family much?

  8. Aware says:

    Boards are not supposed to be experts in the industry – that is what management is there for. This looks like a Board with the correct level of executive experience, gravitas, seniority and commitment which is what is needed. I’m sure they will not be getting paid much, so they are providing that seniority at a sharp discount to what they could get on other Boards. We should thank and appreciate their willingness to serve.

  9. Need Peace says:

    It’s interesting to see that most of these BAA members are seniors. Were they brought out of retirement to assume these positions? The BAA is Government funded but there is no airport revenue to fund it. Where would this $3.5 million a year come from as well as the other expenses not covered by Skyport? The more Minister Richards talks the more it costs the taxpayers.

    If this airport deal was just about jobs for Bermudians and the need for a new airport, then why is all the airport property opened for Aecon to develop at no additional cost? It seems to me that their interest should only lie within the air terminal.

    We’ve been had! Sold out to the lowest bidder!