Nigel Rudd

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Nigel Rudd is the non-executive chairman and the head of the defence and aerospace engineer's board at Meggitt.[1]

Rudd is one of the UK's best known businessmen, and has been described as a "bulldog of the corporate world".[2]


On top of his role with Meggitt he is currently Chair of airport operator BAA, and non-executive chairman of Heathrow Airport Holdings.[1]

He was "parachuted in as chairman of BAA amid growing criticism from politicians, airline customers and the media, while the Competition Commission is examining breaking up the group."[3]

He is on the advisory board of Business for New Europe, an initiative set up by Roland Rudd, head of city PR company, Finsbury.

Previous roles

Political connections

Rudd was one of a few 'senior financial sector representatives' invited to attend a meeting in November 2007 of the Government's High Level Group on City Competitiveness, hosted by Chancellor Alistair Darling.[5]

Support for the Conservatives

On 1 April 2015 Rudd was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.[6]

Political donations

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:[7]

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to Subsidiary (parties only)
21/08/2001 Sir Nigel Rudd £2,500.00 The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
31/12/2009 Sir Nigel Rudd £5,500.00 Conservative Party Central Party
26/04/2010 Nigel Rudd £2,500.00 Conservative Party Derby North



  1. 1.0 1.1 Alan Tovey Sir Nigel Rudd to returns to the blue-chips with chairman role at Meggitt Telegraph, 18 December 2014, accessed 1 April 2015
  2. Alistair Osbourne, "Troubled BAA brings in tough man Rudd", The Telegraph, 2 September 2007, accessed February 2009.
  3. Alistair Osbourne, "Troubled BAA brings in tough man Rudd", The Telegraph, 2 September 2007, accessed February 2009.
  4. BAA announces board appointments", BAA press release, 31 August 2007, accessed February 2009.
  5. Treasury press release, 14 Nov 2007
  6. Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 7 April 2015.
  7. Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 9 April 2015