Chair: Geoffrey Podger CB
Geoffrey has successfully held four public sector Chief Executive posts in public health and regulatory sectors, namely Chief Executive of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, the European Food Safety Agency, the UK’s Food Standards Agency and most recently Acting Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand. He has extensive experience of internal and external communication, risk-based regulation policy and enforcement. Geoffrey has also had major involvement in public health and protection issues both through 15 years working at the Department of Health.
Geoffrey is currently Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Kings Centre for Risk Management; Executive Director of @Risk Ltd; Board Member of the Institute of Employment Studies; and Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health and of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Honorary Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and President of the Society of Industrial Emergency Officers.
Member: Keith Richards
Keith is Chair of the CAA’s Consumer Panel. The Panel has internal independence from the CAA and acts as a ‘critical friend’, scrutinising and challenging all of the CAA’s work.
Keith is a barrister, arbitrator and commercial mediator. He has served as an independent member and non-exec director on regulatory bodies in a variety of sectors and specialises in professional / industry self-regulation, consumer rights, and alternative redress. Keith is Chair of The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the statutory body advising Ministers at the DfT, and previously served for nine years as the Chair of its International Working Group covering Aviation and Maritime. He was Head of Business and Professional Development and Consumer Affairs at the travel industry body, ABTA, and was a Member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Consumer Affairs Panel serving as its Deputy Chair for a while. For many years he served as Senior Campaigns Lawyer at Which?, and as legal editor of the journal Consumer Policy Review.
Member: Barbara Cooper
Barbara Cooper is Corporate Director for Growth, Environment and Transport at Kent County Council. Barbara’s role includes responsibility for the planning, delivery and performance of front line services. These services include economic development, highways, waste, planning, environment, emergency planning, community safety, trading standards, arts and sports. Her immediate priorities have included working with central government and regional and local partners on options for mitigating the impact of Operation Stack on the economy and communities of Kent and shaping a 20 year infrastructure framework for Kent and Medway.
Barbara has worked in local government for over 20 years and has managed a wide range of services in the London boroughs of Kingston upon Thames, Croydon and Bromley and in Portsmouth City Council and Swale Borough Council. She has been involved in many large scale events including Trafalgar 200 in 2005, DDay 60 and the Volvo yacht race.
Member: Air Vice-Marshal Gary M Waterfall CBE RAF
Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall joined the Royal Air Force in 1985 as a direct entrant. He served the majority of his flying career with the Harrier Force as a Qualified Weapons Instructor, both in Germany and in the UK. He flew operationally from both land and sea bases in support of Operations MEGALLAN II, DENY FLIGHT and WARDEN, and displayed the Harrier in 1996, before joining the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, for the 1997-1999 seasons. He commanded 41(Reserve) Squadron, responsible for the Operational Test and Evaluation of Jaguar, Tornado GR4, Tornado F3, and Harrier GR7/9. In September 2009, he assumed command of Joint Force Harrier Force and Royal Air Force Cottesmore, until closure of the Unit and disbandment of Joint Force Harrier after the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
Promoted to Air Commodore in 2011 and to Air-Vice Marshal in 2014, Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall is now Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group.
Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall is also President of 2248 (Rutland) Air Training Corps, and Chairman of the Harrier Force Association.
Member: John Turner FRAeS
John is current Chair of the British Air Display Association. He John flew the Phantom F4 on No 92 Squadron at RAF Wildenrath, Germany, before becoming a flight commander, instructing on Hawk at No 4 Flying Training School RAF Valley, Anglesey. He was awarded a 'Queens Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air' for safely landing a Hawk which suffered engine failure just after take-off at night in 1984.
On leaving the RAF John worked, until his retirement in 2010, for BAE Systems as Tornado ADV Project Pilot, becoming Eurofighter Project Pilot in 1992. John moved to the Nimrod MRA4 programme, initially as Project Pilot and then as Chief Test Pilot Nimrod & Strategic Aircraft with responsibility for the flight test of all BAE Systems’ large aircraft. In 2005 John was appointed BAE Systems Director Flight Operations, becoming responsible for UK test and demonstration flying and military flying training and airfield operations at Brough, Warton and Woodford and the governance of all flying activities conducted worldwide by or on behalf of all sectors of BAE Systems.
As well as his wide experience of displaying different aircraft types, John has been a Flying Control Committee member at many UK air shows including Farnborough. John is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of its Flight Test Group, a member of the A|D|S Flight Operations Committee, covering the roles of Flying Display Director and Non-Executive Director for Farnborough International Ltd and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, covering the role of Director of Aviation Affairs. He joined the committee of the British Air Display Association in 2013, becoming chairman in February 2014.
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