Michael Morton

Location: Stone, Staffordshire
About The Speaker...

Originally from Liverpool I spent the first twenty one years of my working life within the coal industry, originally working in the Lancashire coalfield thereafter North Wales and finally Staffordshire. I progressed through the ranks from coal face to colliery manager until 1996 when an alternative career was required.
I was fortunate to join British Airways at Gatwick Airport as Cargo Operations Manager thus started my career with airlines and airports. I was the Airport Director at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley Airports in 2008 – 2011 before moving back to Staffordshire.
I’ve self-published two books based on a fictional airport in the West Midlands and the real planning issues it faced with the Local Planning Authority. I’m currently part way through my third book “The Undermanager.”
Still active in airports I’m now a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair at Gloucestershire Airport.

About my Talks...

Lasting approximately 60 minutes and fully illustrated always happy to take questions and discuss the points raised. My talks are computer based PowerPoint presentations, I can provide all my own equipment if required.


My fee is £50 plus car mileage at 40p / mile from Stone, Staffordshire (I don’t charge mileage for distances less than 10 miles) – happy to travel throughout the West Midlands and available for short notice bookings.

My Contact Details:

01785 819328


Coventry Airport and the launch of the Low Cost Carrier Thomsonfly.com

Back in 2003 Thomson part of TUI UK were looking to satisfy the secondary holiday and short break market. The launch of Thomsonfly was used to satisfy this requirement.
The airport chosen was Coventry Airport and had previously operated commercial passenger flights during the 1950’s and right up to the 1990’s. However to satisfy local concerns the original terminal on the West side of the airport near to the village of Baginton was demolished. In return outline planning permission had been given in 1990 to build a new 3,000 square metre facility on the South side of the airport.
The building of a new terminal was envisaged to be available in April 2005 however TUI were looking to launch their new low-cost carrier in March 2004. It was therefore agreed between both parties to build a temporary facility better known as the Interim Passenger Facility (IPF).
At the time rumours were rife in the West Midlands of the potential for a new Super Airport near to Rugby. This possibility had raised concerns at local level by residents and a variety of anti-airport groups opposed to such plans. The Government was about to publish its White Paper – The Future of Air Transport (December 2003).
Add into the mix the Local Planning Authority – Warwick District Council it was to make for a very interesting time for those involved in or working at the airport.

The Undermanager

I began working for the National Coal Board twelve months after the then Chairman Sir Derek Ezra announced the Plan for Coal 1974. I’d set my sights on a management position in the Coal Board, not Colliery Manager, not Area Director, not even Chairman. I’d only ever wanted to be an Undermanager.
After working in the Lancashire Coalfields first at Cronton and then Parkside my wish was eventually realized. In 1988 I was appointed Undermanager at Point of Ayr Colliery in North Wales. It was a whole new life for myself and family one in which I immersed myself in the continuing success of the colliery. It was here where I was to develop my management skills to deal with life in a coal mine and later in aviation.
On the 13th October 1992 the then President of the Board for Trade Michael Heseltine announced the pit was to close in March 1993. There was no market for 31 of Britain’s 50 operating collieries. The date of the announcement was seventeen years to the day I’d started with the NCB
The story is set against the background of the mining industry after the 1984 strike and the Government’s intention to reduce the size of this once magnificent and valuable industry. Characters and the daily incidents are based on real events.

Managing an Airport

The presentation describes the activities behind the scenes at a Regional UK Airport. For most passengers off on holiday the holiday starts once in the terminal. Ever wonder who the staff at check-in work for. Who provides the staff at security?

Who allows an aircraft to take off or land? Who loads the bags and pushes the aircraft back? What part do airport management play if any? What happens when it snows?

You’ll be surprised to see what goes on. This presentation will provide all the answers to those questions you’ve probably never asked.



Mourt’s Relation - The Life and Times of my ancestor George Morton (1585-1624)

400 years ago, the Pilgrims set sail from Southampton in the Mayflower to found a colony at Cape Cod in America. The Pilgrims had spent the previous 11 years in exile at Leiden in the Netherlands away from the religious persecution taking place in England.
Soon after the Mayflower the Anne sails to America. On board my ancestor George Morton and his family. George Morton was one of the founders of the colony of Plymouth in Massachusetts.
George a Puritan Separatist is believed to be the publisher and contributor of a book produced in 1622 following the exploits of those early settlers. Contributions in the book include those from William Bradford and Edward Winslow.
The presentation follows the history of the Morton’s of Bawtry and their involvement with the Founding Fathers of America. It describes the daily hardships, strength of character and contact with the Native Americans by those early settlers in the Colony.



Where’s My Bag?

Ever wonder what happens to your luggage once you’ve checked in at an airport? Once weighed and tagged at check-in it’s sent off to join the other hundreds and thousands of bags to be sent, hopefully, with you onwards to your destination.
Bags travelling along the collector conveyors around the Sorters passing over the Baggage Orientation Device or maybe the VSD. What about the bags you’ve had shrink wrapped or those with wheels? Are some types of bag more reliable than others?
Some bags never make it. According to recent research it can take on average 7.8 days for a lost bag to be located and returned. Sometimes after your holiday is over. 8% of the complaints received never come back.
And what of the bags coming back to the UK?

The presentation goes behind the scenes at a number of UK Regional Airports and the main London hubs to see what really happens – you’ll be amazed!


So You Want To Be A Manager?

Have you got what it takes? Is it just a fantasy? You’ve read the many management books written by the management gurus, consultants and academics. You’ve attended a number of management training courses.
Can you create something from nothing? Or do you be honest with yourself and accept this is not be for you. No matter how many books you read or management development programmes you take. That’s not to say you can’t go through your working life pretending, many do.
Ultimately, however you’ll be doing yourself an injustice let alone the damage you’ll be doing to those you manage. You may even miss your true vocation in life.
The talk presents the basic requirements of being a manager and how to improve your style. Based on my 40 years of seeing the good, bad and indifferent!

Michael Morton Contact Details:

01785 819328


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