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Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Chair

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Date: 21-Aug-2019

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Are you ready for one of the most challenging public board appointments in the regulation of UK services?


*Please do not apply to CAA directly, all applications are to be submitted to Odgers Berndtson*

SalaryThe role will be for two days per week with a salary of £130k.
Contract type: Executive
Duration: 4 year term 
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK’s aviation regulator and a public corporation. It is our responsibility to keep both passengers and the general public safe. Recognised as a world leader in this field, our diverse remit includes; driving world-class safety standards, overseeing UK airspace, airports and air traffic control, economic regulation of industry including new runway capacity and, managing the ATOL financial protection scheme for holidaymakers.  Thanks to the efforts of our organisation and our people, consumers have choice, value for money and protection when they fly. 

The Opportunity 
The Secretary of State for Transport is looking for an exceptional leader with extensive board experience to chair the CAA Board through a period of great opportunity and change. The chair will drive delivery of our vision for air travel and safety excellence, making a difference at the highest level.  You will shape the real-world experience of the multiple stakeholders we serve.


The Role
Your remit as chair would be rich, dynamic. You will;

•    Drive strategic development and policy oversight, providing clear direction, robust leadership and constructive challenge 
•    Manage board members to ensure strong performance, consistent engagement and exemplary governance
•    Deliver collegiate decision-making and considered policy application
•    Lead effective stakeholder management across the UK, supporting strategic and business objectives, acting as a public spokesperson as required
•    Oversee appropriate succession planning and recruitment for the Board 

The Candidate


You will have:

  • Board experience within complex organisations
  • An ability to lead effectively across the breadth of the CAA’s work and reach
  • Ability to chair the board of a complex national body with a wide range of responsibilities effectively, with a strong ability to understand the customer perspective and put it at the heart of Board decisions


We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in aviation, transport, central government, a major regulator, or a major regulated organisation.


To Apply
Odgers Berndtson is acting as an employment agency advisor to the CAA on this appointment.  For further information about these roles, including details about how to apply, please visit Applications should be received by Friday 27th September 2019. If you are unable to apply online please email your application to: 

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Nicky Oppenheimer +44 7802 456751 or Laura Spurgin on +44 207 529 1072.

*Please do not apply to CAA directly, all applications are to be submitted to Odgers Berndtson*


The Department for Transport is committed to the principle of appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. We actively encourage and support applications from candidates of all backgrounds.  In particular, the Department is committed to addressing the under-representation of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities with the required skills and experience. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments as part of this process.


This appointment is governed by the OCPA Governance Code for public appointments.

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