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Q&A with Stewart Wingate

PUBLISHED: 09:59 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 February 2013

Stewart Wingate

Stewart Wingate

This month we ask Stewart Wingate, Managing director of BAA Stansted to answer a few questions...

Stewart Wingate
Managing director
BAA Stansted


Tell us about your business
BAA Stansted is the UK's third biggest airport with more than 23 million passengers a year and the biggest single site employer in the region. We are proud to offer more scheduled destinations within Europe than any other airport in the world and we have exciting plans to grow and develop in the future.


How long have you been based in Stansted?
This is my second year working at the airport and living locally. As a proud Geordie it would take a special place to call home outside the north east, but I think I have found it here.


Why did you choose Stansted?
I worked at Glasgow and Budapest airports before coming to Stansted as MD. What appeals to me most about Stansted is the opportunity to make a difference - not only to the lives of millions of people who use the airport, but to be part of leading and developing change in the region. There is so much potential here, and I want to be able to make my contribution.


What do you love about your job?
No day being the same. It's exciting, it's tough, but I have a great team around me.


What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Getting the job I have today. To be MD of one of the busiest airports in the world, and one of the business success stories of the region, is something I'll always be proud of.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I prefer life to err on the side of excitement rather than predictability, so I do not have my future precisely mapped out. Some of life's best opportunities come out of the blue, and in five years time, who knows.


Tell us about your family
I have two daughters, Maddy, who is eight, and Libby, who is six. My wife and I are also very proud about our next addition to the family too - a black Labrador puppy.


What are your hobbies?
I enjoy cycling and I have recently taken part in two long-distance bike rides for our BAA charity, most recently the Sea to Sea challenge from Whitehaven to my family home on the north east coast. I also enjoy golf.


How do you relax?
Spending time with my family. I'm passionate about my job, but when I come home from work and see them, that's the best part of my day.


What is your worst habit?
Timekeeping.


What is your favourite piece of music?
Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell


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