NATS appoints new Managing Director Services

19 December 2013

Richard Deakin, Chief Executive of NATS, the UK based global provider of air traffic services, has today (19 December) announced a key appointment within the executive team of the company.

Catherine Mason will take up the role of Managing Director Services on 1 April 2014, with responsibility for leading NATS’ services business, NATS (Services) Limited.

With a turnover of £222 million in 2012/13, NATS (Services) Limited includes the 15 commercially won airport contracts in the UK and Gibraltar; NATS’ share of the FerroNATS joint venture with Ferrovial, which is contracted to provide air traffic control tower services at ten airports in Spain; NATS’ US subsidiary NATS Inc; and a range of airspace design, consultancy and engineering projects around the world.

Catherine Mason

Catherine Mason

Richard Deakin said: “I am delighted to welcome Catherine to NATS. She brings a wealth of commercial, transportation and logistics experience to the company. Succeeding Paul Reid, Catherine will add extra impetus to our already strong commercial growth strategy. I believe she has exactly the mix of skills, experience and drive to play a key role in moving us to the next level both at home and in key target markets internationally.”

Catherine added: “I am pleased to be joining NATS at this exciting time. The organisation has a strong reputation and good people and I look forward to developing new business and contributing to its continued growth.”


Catherine joins NATS from Translink Group where she has been the Group Chief Executive since 2008. Translink is a public corporation with a turnover of £200 million and a responsibility for providing all public transport in Northern Ireland.

Previously, she gained extensive transportation, commercial and logistical experience through Director level roles in operations and marketing with Arriva, in both the bus and rail business and this followed a career in marketing for a number of blue chip companies, including Grand Metropolitan and SmithKline Beecham.

Catherine is a Chartered Director and a Chartered Marketer, a Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and an elected Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She holds a BSc in Genetics from Liverpool University, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a Chartered Marketer.

Catherine is a Board member of Business in the Community Northern Ireland and a member of CBI Regional Council. She is a Visiting Professor at University of Ulster.


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