Urquhart lands director role on Edinburgh airport board

Linda Urquhart returns to where she worked as a student. Picture: Robert Perry
Linda Urquhart returns to where she worked as a student. Picture: Robert Perry
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EDINBURGH airport has recruited senior lawyer Linda Urquhart to join its board as a non-executive director.

Urquhart, who is chairwoman of law firm Morton Fraser, adds the job to a string of other boardroom roles in both the private and charitable sectors.

She joins the board a number of years after an earlier job as a waitress in the airport restaurant, it was revealed.

Urquhart said she had “fond memories” of her former student summer job.

She said: “The airport has changed hugely since then, but it’s good to be back, albeit in a rather different role.”

Sir John Elvidge – the former head of Scotland’s civil service who was appointed chairman when the airport was acquired by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) last year – said: “We firmly believe an individual of her calibre will fit in extremely well and will be able to use her skills and experience to guide the work of Edinburgh airport.”

GIP, the owner of Gatwick and London City airports, snapped up the capital’s site from BAA in an £807 million deal after the Competition Commission ruled the Spanish-owned group had to sell off one of its Scottish airfields.

Last month, airport chief Gordon Dewar pledged to spend £15m this year in an effort to expand the number of routes flying from the capital. The launch of the route development fund came a month after Edinburgh lost Lufthansa’s Dusseldorf route to rival Glasgow.

Urquhart also chairs the skills development quango Investors In People Scotland and is a non-executive director of Adam & Co, a private bank owned by Royal Bank of Scotland. She is also a member of the development board for the Prince’s Trust Scotland and is an ambassador for Girlguiding UK.