The UK Civil Aviation Authority is pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Tingle as chief operating officer (COO).

The newly created role will see Chris lead the CAA's finance, corporate and other services including overseeing the CAA's process-based functions such as pilot licensing. He joins the regulator, having previously performed senior roles at high profile organisations such as Procter and Gamble and DB Schenker Rail UK.

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to the CAA. He has a wealth of relevant experience, having worked in a number of roles with exposure to safety, consumer experience and economic regulation - all issues that are key to our work. I believe he will be a great asset to the CAA and we are all looking forward to him starting this new role.”

Chris Tingle said:

“I am hugely excited about joining the CAA and working in such an interesting and important sector as aviation. I am also looking forward to the challenge of starting a brand new role within the CAA and playing my part in moving the organisation forwards - ensuring it fully meets the needs of consumers and other stakeholders across the aviation industry.”

Chris Tingle will start his role at the CAA in February 2016.

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The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.