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Debra Bowen Rees

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2020


Debra has a wealth of experience in leadership and management, including managing safety-critical, regulated infrastructure. After a successful career and a number of senior positions in the Royal Air Force, Debra joined Cardiff Airport in 2012 as Operations Director, before being appointed Managing Director in 2014. She became the Chief Executive of the Welsh Government-owned airport in 2017 and was responsible for leading the airport through a period of transformational change. In August 2020, Debra stepped down as Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport and from the Board of Directors in September 2020.

Current other Non-Executive positions

Chair of the South Wales Branch of the Institute of Directors. Non-Executive Director of the Port of Milford Haven. Trustee and Board Member at Hijinx Theatre Company.

Committee membership

Chair of the Environment, Social and Governance Committee. Member of the Audit Committee, Quality and Environment Committee and Remuneration Committee. Also, a Member, representing the Board on the Independent Member Selection Panel, which recommends the appointment of Members to the Board.