It's simple. The growth of London Luton Airport is a key priority for the Council and the town. You'll be responsible for driving this growth which provides opportunity, aspiration and prosperity to the people of Luton and beyond.

  • 220,000

    people call Luton home

  • 1

    fastest growing airport in the country

  • 17

    million passengers in 2018

  • 18,500

    jobs in the pipeline

London Luton Airport is a major success story. Owned by Luton Council, it is the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport and is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per year by 2020.

In order to future-proof the airport, they need a highly motivated, innovative and corporate-thinking Service Director (Programme Delivery Director) who can drive a £2.7bn programme of major infrastructure and development projects creating extensive and sustainable social and economic benefits for Luton itself, but also the wider region and the whole UK.

If you have a track record of successfully delivering complex, high-profile, high-value programmes in the transport, infrastructure, construction or property sectors on time and within budget coupled with indefatigable levels of energy and outstanding stakeholder management skills, we’d be really interested to hear from you. Delivery of London Luton Airport’s development programme represents a massive opportunity for the right candidate. This role is part of the Senior Management Team.

For further information or an informal, confidential discussion about this position, please contact our advising consultant at Penna: Andrew Cholerton on 07787 515582 or

To apply, please click here

Closing date: Midday, Monday 8th July 2019.

Longlisting interview date: Tuesday 16th July 2019.
Final interview date: Friday 26th July 2019.

Welcome letter

  • Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in the exciting role of Service Director (Programme Delivery Director) – London Luton Airport Limited with Luton Borough Council.

    Luton is a thriving, super diverse, and growing community of circa 220,000 residents.

    Situated just off the M1 motorway, just 15 miles from the M25, and serviced by three railway stations, Luton has excellent travel connections.  You can be in the centre of London in less than 30 minutes, or fly to over 140 destinations across Europe.

    Luton has a strong track record of success, with an improved motorway junction, a revitalised town centre transport hub, successful guided busway and the currently under construction DART light rapid transit system connecting Luton Parkway Station with the Airport. 

    London Luton Airport is a major success story. It is the UK’s fifth largest and the fastest growing major airports. This success means it is currently forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per year in the next year.

    We have developed a programme to further grow LTN and are looking for a Service Director (Programme Delivery Director) to oversee the delivery of a series of major infrastructure and development projects to time and within budget delivering, social and economic benefits to Luton.   Overall, the projects put the LLAL development programme in the top 5 in the European Airport Sector. We need someone to lead the team to deliver it, following the departure of the current Director to a role in the Middle East.

    We are seeking a driven, highly motivated, innovative, and corporate-thinking Service Director who can drive the programme and advise and guide London Luton Airport Ltd’s Board of Directors on future developments to ensure that Luton Council’s interests as shareholder are met whilst supporting a public sector ethos

    We are ambitious for our town which boasts massive opportunity for the right candidate; if you are equally as ambitious with a strong skill set and indefatigable levels of energy to help us move forward and add an incomparable set of accomplishments to your CV, why not take a further look at Luton as your next career destination?  We are excited for our future and are looking for a new member of the senior management team to work with us.

    We look forward to receiving your application,

    Robin Porter

    Chief Executive

  • The Luton Investment Framework is an ambitious and visionary 20-year programme, spearheaded by Luton Borough Council, aimed at creating 18,500 new jobs in Luton and transforming the town’s future.

    LLAL is proud to be involved in such an exciting venture, and will work alongside Luton Borough Council and other partners to deliver the framework’s objectives.

  • New Century Park

    New Century Park provides the location for an ambitious, well-designed, high-quality, high-yield mixed-use development, incorporating business, commercial and light industrial units in a rural fringe setting, on the doorstep of the UK’s fifth largest airport, and within easy reach of excellent transport links to both London and the North. Proposals include the construction of a new access road.

    Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART)

    LLAL has started work building a new Direct Air-Rail Transit system (Luton DART) to service London Luton Airport. The DART is being developed to encourage passengers to travel to and from the airport via a more sustainable and efficient means of transport. The DART will be a fully automated and driverless system, approximately 2.1km in length, and will transport passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal. Planning permission has been received from Luton Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council. The DART system is scheduled to become operational by 2021.

    Bartlett Square

    LLAL has planning permission for 2.5 acres of commercial development off Kimpton Road, next to Luton Airport Parkway station and the proposed Luton Direct Air Rail Transit (Luton DART) scheme.

    London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone

    London Luton Airport is one of only 24 areas across England to have secured Enterprise Zone status. This significant development opportunity comprises three sites surrounding or connected to London Luton Airport. The two-hour drive catchment area of the site is 23 million people, exceeding that of London Heathrow.