Board Members and Officers

Civil Aviation Authority Board Members and Officers

Board Members and Officers


Dame Deirdre Hutton

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.

Executive Board Members

Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines was appointed as a Board Member and Chief Executive in August 2009 and for a further five years in August 2012. He joined the CAA after a wide-ranging career in the rail industry, including operational management and leadership, parliamentary liaison, policy development, project management and contract negotiation, Managing Director of South West Trains, and as Managing Director of the Rail Division for First Group plc, which, under his leadership, became Britain’s largest and most profitable train operating business. He is also a Non-Executive Director of European Rail Finance (GB) Ltd.He is also a Non-Executive Director of European Rail Finance (GB) Ltd.


Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson was appointed to the Board as Group Director Consumer Protection in October 2004 and is a Trustee of the Air Travel Trust Fund. He also became a Trustee of the CAA Pension Fund in February 2008. He previously worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Defence and Head of Investment Banking at Daiwa SBCM Europe.


Chris Jesnick 


Chris Jesnick is currently Finance and Corporate Services Director and Chair of CAA International Limited and is a Trustee of the Air Travel Trust Fund and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has worked for the CAA since 1996, previously having a career in a variety of financial roles within the private sector, predominantly in the energy industry.

Iain Osborne

Appointed to the Board as Group Director for Regulatory Policy in January 2011, Iain was previously Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator, where he created a new regime for water regulation, as well as leading regulation of electricity and natural gas. He previously worked in the European Commission’s Directorate - General for Competition on gas markets. Prior to that he was Director of Consumer Markets at Ofgem. He has also worked for pan-European telecommunications companies, the Department of Trade and Industry and McKinsey & Company.

Mark Swan

Mark Swan

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.

General Counsel and Secretary

Kate Staples

Kate Staples was appointed as CAA Secretary and General Counsel 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.

Non-Executive Board Members

David Gray


David is Chairman of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem). David spent 30 years working in financial markets as an investment analyst and subsequently in corporate finance, where he led HSBC's team in the Energy & Utilities sector. From 2003 - 2007 he was an executive director of Ofgem where he led the Networks division. He subsequently advised the government on economic regulation of airports and led a review of the water sector regulator, Ofwat. He is a Governor of the Central School of Ballet.

Michael Medlicott
Michael Medlicott was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in February 2010 and is a member of the CAA Remuneration Committee. He is Chairman of the Air Travel Trust Fund and also serves as a member of the CAA Audit Committee as from April 2014. He has many years’ experience of the transport and tourism sectors, including a senior management position at Delta Air Lines 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 Healthcare Group.

David King


Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member on 1 September 2013. David serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration 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 aircraft.

Graham Ward

Photograph of Graham Ward Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Member on 1 September 2013, Graham also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as 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.

Air Vice-Marshal Richard Knighton
AVM Knighton was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Board in January 2015.  As Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, AVM Knighton 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.



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