Dame Deirdre Hutton, DBE became Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority on 1 August 2009 and was previously Chair of the Food Standards Agency until July 2009. She has served on a number of public bodies and has considerable experience of corporate
governance, risk-based regulation and consumer policy. She is Honorary Vice President of the Trading Standards Institute. She sits as a Non-Executive on the board of Thames Water Utilities Ltd and Castle Trust and is also Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield
University. She was, until June 2008, the Vice-Chair of the European Food Safety Authority Management Board and was Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Authority until December 2007. For five years, until 2005, she was Chair of the National
Consumer Council, having formerly chaired the Scottish Consumer Council. Prior to her appointment at the Food Standards Agency, she was a member of the Better Regulation Task Force. She has held a number of positions on bodies dealing with food issues,
including Chair of the Foresight Panel on the Food Chain and Crops for Industry, Chair of the Food Chain Centre, and membership of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (the Curry Commission). In April 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship
of City and Guilds.
Richard was appointed as Chief Executive in May 2018. He joined the CAA in January 2016 as Group Director of Consumers and Markets and Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for the ATOL scheme, the economic regulation of airports and air navigation providers, our competition powers, and our consumer redress and enforcement activities. Before joining the CAA Richard was the CEO of the Legal Services Board, which oversees the regulation of the legal profession in England and Wales. Richard has also held senior public and private sector roles in a number of regulated sectors including water, energy, aviation, postal communications, and social housing. Richard is a non-executive Director of the Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee.
Paul was appointed to the board as Group Director of Consumers and Markets on 24 May 2018. Before joining the CAA he was Head of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at the Payment Systems Regulator since January 2016. Paul has also previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission. Prior to that he worked on economic regulation issues as a consultant and in a number of roles at Postcomm and Ofgem.
Chris Tingle is currently Chief Operating Officer, a Trustee of the Air Travel Trust Fund and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Chris is responsible for the management of Finance and Corporate Services and the Shared Service Centre. Chris joined the CAA in January 2016, previously having a career in a variety of financial and operational roles within the private sector, predominantly in the rail freight and consumer good industries.
Appointed to the Board as Group Director Airspace Policy in March 2008, Mark previously held numerous appointments in the Royal Air Force since joining as a pilot in 1979, and he was formerly Director of Operational Capability for the Ministry of
Defence from 2006 to 2008. In July 2013 he was charged with merging the Airspace and Safety groups and re-structuring the combined group to focus on performance-based regulation. He is currently Director Safety and Airspace Regulation.
Kate Staples was appointed as CAA General Counsel and Secretary in September 2010, and prior to joining the CAA, she had led both the Rail Infrastructure & Safety and Aviation & Commercial Legal Divisions at the DfT, having opted to join the public
sector after almost 10 years in private practice. She is also a Trustee of the CAAPS, the Civil Aviation Authority’s pension scheme.
David Gray was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in November 2009 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nominations Committee. He is Chairman of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) and a Governor of the Central School of Ballet. He was a member of the Panel of Experts which advised the Department for Transport on its review of airport regulation in 2008-09 and, in 2010-11, led a review of the water regulator Ofwat on behalf of DEFRA and the Welsh government.
Michael Medlicott was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in February 2010. He is Chairman of the Air Travel Trust Fund, and also serves as a member of the CAA Audit Committee, CAA Remuneration Committee and CAA International Ltd Management Advisory Board. He has many years’ experience of the transport and tourism sectors, including a senior management position at Delta Airlines and Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority. He sat on the Board of Manchester Airports Group from 2002 until joining the Board of the CAA. He is Senior Non-Executive Director of OCS Group Ltd, and Chairman of Myriad Holdco Ltd.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member of the Board on 1 September 2013. David serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee. David also serves as Chairman of the Board Safety Review Committee for Cathay Pacific
Airways and is a visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He was formerly the Chief Inspector of the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) where he was responsible for hundreds of investigations, many involving large public transport
Graham Ward, CBE, was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member of the Board on 1 September 2013. He also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Remuneration Committee. Graham is an Honorary Officer of The World Energy
Council, a Governor of Dulwich College and Vice Chairman of the Board of Goodenough College. Graham was, until June 2015, the first Chief Commissioner of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. He spent 36 years, including 24 as a partner, with
PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a former Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and President of the International Federation of Accountants.
Ashley became a Non-Executive Director of the CAA in September 2015. Ashley is a former Vice-Chairman at KPMG, who retired from the firm in September 2014. She has significant international experience and has advised numerous FTSE/Fortune 500 boards.
Her sector experience includes professional services, transport, leisure, logistics, technology, media, business services and healthcare. She has a family background of owner-managed retail business.
Michael Wigston joined the Royal Air Force in 1986. After serving as officer commanding No. 12 Squadron, he became commander of No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing in Afghanistan in 2008. He went on to be Director of Air Operations at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Afghanistan in 2011, Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012 and Commander British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the
Sovereign Base Areas in 2015. He became Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in January 2017. His education and training includes: reading engineering science at Oriel College, Oxford; the Advanced Command and Staff Course; an MA in defence studies from King's College, London; the Higher Command and Staff Course; and the UK Pinnacle Course. He is a service Vice President of the RAF Charitable Trust and President of the RAF Rowing Association.
Peter was appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as its first Director of Aviation Security in 2013 and led the transition of operational aviation security functions from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the CAA on 1st April 2014. In
February 2015, he took on the additional role of Director CAA Transformation Programme. Prior to his appointment, Peter was Director of Security & Business Continuity for the Home Office. He was also the Home Office HR Diversity Champion. Prior to
this, Peter had served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force from which he retired as an Air Commodore in April 2007. In his military career, Peter served in a number of operational and staff appointments within the UK and overseas. After a year
serving as Provost Marshal for the RAF, his last appointment combined the roles of Commandant General of the Royal Air Force Regiment and Air Officer RAF Police. Until 2014, Peter was a Director of Plan UK, an international children’s charity, a
position he had held for some 10 years, and until 2014 had been a trustee of the City and Guilds; he remains on the governing council of that organisation.
Richard Stephenson joined the CAA in January 2015 as Communications Director. Prior to joining the CAA, Richard held senior communications roles in high profile and leading FTSE businesses, including as Group Strategic Communications Adviser at
Centrica plc, Corporate Affairs Director at AXA and Director of Public Relations at Royal Mail Group. A postgraduate of Cardiff Journalism School, Richard is non-executive chairman of a fledgling public relations agency, non-executive director of Coventry
University London Campus and a Director of County Hall Management Company Ltd. He has been a prolific charity fundraiser, climbing Kilimanjaro and traversing New Zealand and the Arctic for good causes, is currently chairman of a youth charity and
has undertaken political work, in four continents, for over 20 years.
Manisha joined the CAA in September 2013. Prior to this, she worked predominantly in Financial Services, Asset Management holding several senior positions and leading various HR and Business led transformation programmes. In the earlier part of her career, she played an active role in merger and acquisition projects, followed by organisational modelling, design and restructures. The latter part of her career has seen her specialising in various remuneration projects, such as designing share and incentive schemes, and large business transformation programmes. She also manages a family-owned portfolio of residential and commercial property.
Tim is Policy Director for the CAA, responsible for driving forward the CAA’s approach to major cross-cutting policy issues such as runway capacity, Better Regulation, consumer and environment strategies and the EU aviation agenda. Prior to joining
the CAA in January 2014, he was Head of Strategy and latterly Head of Regulation at NATS. His earlier career was spent in Government, and included postings at HM Treasury, the Shareholder Executive, the MoD and the DTI.
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