Robin Porter has been Chief Executive for Luton Council and London Luton Airport Limited since May 2019.
In the role of council Chief Executive, he is responsible for more than 3,000 staff and the delivery of circa 730 services, as well as a budget of £500m – all focussed on supporting Luton’s vibrant and diverse 216,000 population.
The Council is now driving a bold new vision for the town across the public, private and third sectors of “No One in Poverty”, and the council is being refocused to ensure this ambition is met and at the heart of everything that the council does
Before taking up this role, Robin was the Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director for Customer and Commercial Services at Luton Council where he led the council’s response to £130m of government funding cuts, doing so with limited impact on front line services through reorganisation, commercialisation and driving efficiencies across the organisation.
During this time Robin was also the Chief Operations Officer at London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), where he secured a £150m capital investment from the concessionaire and a Growth Incentive Scheme with the Airlines, resulting in an additional £198m of shareholder value between now and 2031.
Under Robin, LLAL has also developed a £450m investment programme to improve and expand the airport and is currently undertaking a national planning process to grow the airport from 18m passengers a year up to 32m. This £2.7bn programme aims to create more than 16,000 jobs for Luton’s residents.
Robin has now been part of the Luton community for 12 years. Before joining Luton Robin worked as a senior manager in the private sector in the project finance industry and before this he was a British Army Officer.