• was set up more than 20 years ago as the group that BA formally consults with on all matters affecting BA pensioners and former/retired employees
  • BA has committed to listen and respond to the Council’s views; in addition, the Council has the right to raise any issue of concern it has with BA
  • works alongside BATUC on matters that concern both current and retired employees
  • has a formal constitution agreed with BA
  • has 12 volunteer members, all pensioners themselves, from different parts of BA with a wide variety of experiences, skills and knowledge of the airline.
  • Current hot topics include:-

Welfare & Benevolent Fund – applications can be made in times of genuine hardship

Staff travel

Hotline, especially after 31.3.2014

Communications – both offline and online (using print and the post!)

  • More information, a list of the current members and when and how the annual selection process is announced are available :-

on the BA intranet FAQs at

on the Touchdown website at

on request

Background and further information

Recently a number of retirees have asked “just who are you?” and “where did you come from?”.

The members of the Council bring with them a wide spread of experiences, backgrounds and knowledge.

We have members who have retired from flying, engineering, finance, marketing, commercial, ground services, corporate HR and purchasing. A few were managers and some have worked overseas.

Half of the Council have been staff representatives, some long standing and with senior TU roles and responsibilities.

Many retirees, I hope, will know of or remember at least some of us!

We think and act collectively for and on behalf of all retired employees.

How did we get on the Council?

A number of retirees have also asked “who voted for you?”. Up until many years ago there was indeed a ballot for vacancies on the Council.

However, retirees voted in small numbers and the cost was excessive when set against its actual effectiveness and the huge waste of unreturned ballot papers. Thus, recruitment was changed to a selection process.

Evidence from the past years has demonstrated that any supposed entry barrier has been lowered and a much wider cross section of retirees have come forward to make the Council a much more representative and broader group of people.

Selection also allows some minimum standards to be set and the best candidates to be selected. British Airways supports the process to ensure that the assessment and selection is run to the highest standards of fairness and equality.

The Council, however, makes the selection and appointment decisions itself and has indeed de-selected ‘sitting’ members. Four vacancies are declared every year.

Members for 2013/14

The current members of the Council are Christopher Hodgkinson (Chairman ), Nigel Carey (Vice-Chairman), Sigrid Mapp, Frans de Graaf, Iggy Vaid, Robert James, David Larkin, Mike Potter, Mickey Stewart, Sharad Mistry, Jane Weldon and Chris Walker.

Recent reports from the Liaison Council can be downloaded here:

Spring 2017      Spring 2017 Liaison Council Newsletter

Autumn 2016   Autumn 2016 Liaison Council Newsletter

Spring 2016    March ’16 liaison council newsletter

Spring 2015     April 2015 Liaison Council report

Winter 2014    Winter 2014

Travel Insurance Update  Travel insurance summary – 17th Nov 2014

Spring 2014     Spring 2014

Winter 2013     Final LC Report Winter 2013

Autumn 2013  Final LC Report Autumn ’13

Spring 2013  Final LC Report March 2013

Autumn 2012 download here

Summer 2012 download here

Spring 2012 download here

Autumn 2011 download here

Summer 2011 download here

Spring 2011 download here