• Chair

    Dame Deirdre Hutton 


    Dame Deirdre Hutton 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, sat as a non-executive on the Board of Thames Water Utilities Limited until end January 2018 and is Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University. From September 2008 until November 2013 she sat on the Board of HM Treasury. Until June 2008, she was 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.

    Executive board members

    Richard Moriarty


    Richard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2018 having previously joined the CAA Board in January 2016 as Group Director of Consumers and Markets and Deputy Chief Executive. In that role he was responsible for airline licensing, 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 Social Housing Regulator.

    Paul Smith

    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

    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 goods industries.

    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 joined the Civil Aviation Authority, the UK’s specialist aviation regulator, in September 2010.  Her responsibilities include leading the in-house legal and enforcement teams, internal audit team and ensuring that the CAA properly identifies and addresses legal risks.  Kate is also a trustee of the UK’s Air Travel Trust and of the CAA’s pension scheme.  Prior to joining the CAA, Kate was a legal adviser at the Department for Transport, advising on aviation law and (for a short time) railways infrastructure law.  Kate started her career in private practice.

    Non-executive board members

    David Gray


    David Gray CBE was appointed as a Non-Executive member of the Board in November 2009. He is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nominations Committee. He is Chairman of Mutual Energy and a Governor of Central School of Ballet. He was Chairman of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) from 2013 to 2018. 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


    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 Air Lines Inc., and Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority. He sat on the Board of the Manchester Airports Group from 2002 until joining the Board of the CAA. He is Chairman of Myriad Healthcare Group and a Non-Executive Director of Virgin Healthcare Holdings Ltd. He is Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

    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 Nominations Committee. David also serves as Co-Deputy Chair of the National Aviation Security Committee, is a visiting Professor at Cranfield University and was Chairman of the Board Safety Review Committee for Cathay Pacific Airways form January 2012 until January 2019. 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


    Graham Ward, CBE was appointed 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 Nominations Committee. Graham is an Honorary Officer of The World Energy Council and Vice-Chair 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 Chair 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 Ian Gale MBE


    Ian was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in April 2019, responsible for the coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force, international relations, strategic engagement and parliamentary business on behalf of the Chief. He is a Non-Executive Director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Ian has commanded at flight, wing and station level amassing over 3000 flying hours and 350 operational missions as a Tornado Weapons Instructor and in Operational Test and Evaluation of Tornado and Typhoon. He was appointed MBE for his leadership in ops and trials and the Sir Arthur Barrett prize for developing new tactics / techniques for the 2003 Scud Hunting Campaign. He was at the forefront of the deployment of Tornado to Afghanistan in 2009 and fought the 2011 Libya campaign as the Deputy Air Contingent Commander. As CO RAF Lossiemouth, Ian commanded a unit of 2,500 personnel, three Tornado Squadrons, a Search and Rescue Flight, an RAF Regiment Wing and various smaller units across Scotland, during a time of unprecedented operational activity in two theatres, for which he received the 1 Group Leadership Prize and an Institute of Directors award.

    Marykay Fuller


    Marykay is a former partner at KPMG and prior to that was a Principal Banker for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She has also worked for the US Government in international banking development and for the US pension regulator where she worked on numerous airline restructurings and represented the Corporation on the National Airline Commission. She has significant finance and restructuring experience in both the public and private sector and her experience across sectors, up to Board level, includes aviation, aircraft financing, logistics, rail and shipping across multiple jurisdictions, including the UK, Europe and the USA. Marykay previously was a board member of British American Business and currently also serves on the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College Alumni Advisory Board in the US.

    Anne Lambert


    Anne Lambert CMG was appointed as a Non-Executive member of the Board on 1 February 2019. She is currently a Governor of Portsmouth University and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers. She was an Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority 2014 to 2019 and a Non-Executive Director of the CMA from 2016 to 2018. Previous roles include the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU and Director, European and Government Affairs for NATS.


    Peter Drissell


    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


    Richard Stephenson OBE, joined the CAA in January 2015 as Communications Director where he leads the strategic communications function. 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. Richard was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service. A postgraduate of Cardiff Journalism School, Richard is currently the chairman of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Corporate Engagement Board and also chairman of the John Adams Society, the US State Department’s alumni association in the UK. Richard is a prolific charity fundraiser and has climbed Kilimanjaro and traversed New Zealand and the Arctic for good causes.

    Tim Johnson


    Tim is Policy Director for the CAA, responsible for driving forward the CAA’s approach to major policy issues including EU Exit, innovation, airspace modernisation and consumer policy. 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 posts at HM Treasury, the Shareholder Executive and the MoD.

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