The UK Civil Aviation Authority is pleased to announce that its Communications Director, Richard Stephenson, has been appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours for his 'public and charitable service'. The appointment recognises Richard's lifelong dedication to numerous voluntary and charitable causes, and his recent work at the Civil Aviation Authority - especially his leadership of communications during the Monarch Airlines administration.  

Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Dame Deirdre Hutton said, “Everyone at the Civil Aviation Authority, and no doubt in the numerous charities and other organisations Richard has supported over many years, joins me in warmly welcoming this news. Richard's enthusiasm, dedication and energy is infectious and his history of helping charities is inspirational. During the Monarch Airlines administration, I witnessed first-hand his commitment to the CAA and his communications expertise and I am delighted that his enormous efforts have been recognised in this way.”

Baroness Sugg, Aviation Minister said, “This is a well-deserved honour that reflects Richard's significant contribution to public service. In addition to his considerable charitable works, he was a fundamental part of our response to the administration of Monarch Airlines which saw the biggest peacetime repatriation of our times.”

 Richard has supported a wide range of charitable and voluntary causes, benefitting animal welfare, young people, medical science and other causes. 

He is currently Chairman of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Corporate Engagement Board and Chairman of the alumni association of the US State Department exchange programmes in the UK.  Richard is President of Kids Count, a charity working with young people in rural and urban areas, having previously served as its chair for a decade.

Richard's honour follows fellow Civil Aviation Authority colleagues Andy Cohen, Head of ATOL, Dr Sally Evans, Chief Medical Officer and David Kendrick, Manager of Airline Licensing who were appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in the Summer of 2018.