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Hardwicke is delighted to announce that Martha Grekos has been appointed as a Strategic Advisor on the H7+ Independent Board Panel for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to advise on process, policy and key decisions surrounding the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) operates one of the world’s busiest international airports with over 75 million passengers passing through the airport each year covering over 180 destinations worldwide. Heathrow Airport makes up some of the UK’s most critical transport infrastructure. Due to its market power, Heathrow is subject to economic regulation by the CAA through the granting of a Licence. The Licence places regulatory controls on the charges and services that Heathrow offers to airlines, and therefore ultimately to consumers (passengers and cargo customers). The Licence came into force on 1 April 2014 and the current price control and associated arrangements are due to expire on 31 December 2019. The CAA intends to extend the current arrangements by at least 2 years, so as to better align the regulatory process with the planning process associated with new runway capacity at the airport. The CAA’s H7+ programme will develop the appropriate regulatory controls that should be put in place from 2020 for HAL, and will develop the regulatory framework to incentivise efficient and effective delivery of capacity expansion in the interests of consumers. The purpose of the H7+ Advisory Panel is to complement CAA’s internal quality assurance process by providing an external and independent perspective on the process, policies and key decisions. The Panel will play a key role in challenging the CAA’s policy development and providing quality assurance on the CAA’s regulatory deliverables.
Martha is an expert in all facets of planning law, with an emphasis on the promotion and implementation of large complex urban regeneration projects and major infrastructure projects, often in the fields of transport and energy.