Dame Deirdre Hutton (Chair)
Dame Deirdre Hutton was appointed to the CAA Board as a Non-Executive Board Member in April 2009 and took up the position of Chair of the CAA in August 2009. Dame Deirdre was previously Chair of the Food Standards Agency, Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, Honorary Vice-President of the Trading Standards Institute, and serves as a Non-Executive member of the HM Treasury Board. She has been Vice-Chair of the European Food Safety Authority Management Board, Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Authority, Chair of the National Consumer Council, Chair of the Scottish Consumer Council, and a member of the Better Regulation Task Force. She has also held a number of positions on a variety of bodies dealing with food issues.
Read the letter from the Secretary of State for Transport to Dame Deirdre stating the CAA's priorities
The then Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Adonis, appointed Andrew Haines as the Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority in July 2009 after an open competition. Mr Haines is the first holder of this newly-created post, following the recommendations put forward by Sir Joseph Pilling in 2008. He officially took up the position in August 2009.
He joined the CAA after a wide-ranging career in the rail industry. After four years in charge of South West Trains, he took over the rail division of First Group. Most recently, he also took on responsibility for improving the performance of the First Great Western franchise
Mark Swan was appointed as Board Member and Director Airspace Policy in March 2009 and, following the merger of the airspace and safety functions, became Director of the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group in July 2013. He previously held numerous appointments in the Royal Air Force since joining as a pilot in 1979, Formerly Director Operational Capability, Ministry of Defence, 2006 – 08. IoD accredited Chartered Director.
Chris Jesnick is the Finance & Corporate Services Director. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Miss Jesnick has worked for the CAA since 1996 with previous career being in a variety of financial roles in the private sector..
Iain Osborne took up his post as Group Director Regulatory Policy in January 2011, replacing Dr Harry Bush's position of Group Director, Economic Regulation. The Group he leads brings together the CAA’s previously separate work on economic regulation and consumer policy, responding to Government proposals for legislation to place the passenger interest at the heart of economic regulation. Mr Osborne has previously held senior roles within the telecoms industry, OFGEM and at the European Commission. His immediate previous role was as CEO of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation.
Richard Jackson was appointed as Board member and Group Director, Consumer Protection in October 2004. Trustee of the Air Travel Trust. Formerly Head of Investment Banking at Daiwa SBCM Europe.
Michael Medlicott was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member in February 2010. 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 holds one current ministerial appointment as a non-executive director of National Savings and Investment.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member on 1 September 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board Safety Review Committee for Cathay Pacific Airways and is a visiting Professor at Cranfield University. Mr King 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 aircraft.
Dr Catherine Bell was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Board Member in April 2006. She is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She was formerly Acting Permanent Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry. She serves as a Non-Executive Director of United Utilities Group Plc and Ensus Ltd. She is also a Governor of the London School of Economics and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member on 1 September 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is Chief Commissioner of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Vice Chair of the World Energy Council and a Governor of Dulwich College and of Goodenough College. 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.
David Gray was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in November 2009. From 2003 – 2007 he was a member of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority and Managing Director, Networks of its executive arm, Ofgem. He is a non-executive director of Pitkin Petroleum, an oil exploration company operating in South East Asia and South America, a member of the Council of Management of the Regulatory Policy Institute, and a governor of Central School of Ballet.
Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer
AVM Stringer was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in April 2013. As Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, AVM Stringer is a member of the Air Force Board and is the policy and strategy lead for the Royal Air Force within the MOD. His breadth of responsibility includes: the development of policy for the UK Military Low Flying System, the development of MOD policy for the continued use of Joint and Integrated UK Airspace and also the Release to Service Authority for dealing with specific aspects of airworthiness for UK Military aircraft.
Kate Staples joined the CAA as Secretary and Legal Adviser on 1 September 2010. Prior to joining the CAA she was a member of the Government Legal Service, working as a member of the legal team at the Department for Transport, where she advised on aviation law and lead the aviation legal team (2003 to 2009) and railways infrastructure law (2009 to 2010). Before joining the Government Legal Service Kate practised at Nabarro Nathanson and CMS Cameron McKenna.
CAA Group Staff
The CAA employs around 900 staff, with the majority of these based at Aviation House, Gatwick. The remainder work mainly at CAA House in Holborn, central London with a few based at regional offices within the UK and overseas offices.
The CAA also has a Corporate Centre based at CAA House which includes the Chairman’s Office and the CAA Board and corporate functions.