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Non-Executive Director - General Aviation

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Date: 22-Jun-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a public corporation and the UK’s specialist independent aviation regulator. The CAA has specific responsibilities for aviation safety, security, management of UK airspace, economic regulation of some airports and air traffic control, spaceports and space launches, aviation innovation, remotely piloted aviation systems, enforcement of consumer protection rules, and the management of the ATOL financial protection scheme for holidaymakers. 


The Opportunity 


The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint one Non-Executive Director to join the Board of the CAA. The Secretary of State and the Aviation Minister are looking for an outstanding individual who can participate in setting the direction of a key transport regulator as the aviation sector recovers from the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and shaping the real-world experience of the multiple stakeholders the CAA serves. This is in the context of the CAA’s new responsibilities acquired with the UK’s departure from the European Aviation Safety Agency. 


The Role 


The role will provide independent and constructive challenge to the CAA’s executive team, ensuring the CAA delivers against its strategic objectives. We are looking for applicants with high level executive or non-executive Board experience and the ability to contribute effectively across the breadth of the CAA’s work. This specific role is for a person with expertise in the General Aviation sector (e.g. private, display, heritage, recreational, remotely piloted aircraft systems, and business aviation other than passenger carriage on scheduled flights). This role will not be one of representing or championing the General Aviation sector but rather the appointee will  bring their own understanding and experience to bear across the whole range of the CAA’s work.  


This appointment is for a three-year term, with a time commitment of up to 60 days per year and a base salary of £25,000 per year. Non-Executive Directors may also be required to sit on panel hearings about safety or licensing matters, reimbursed at an additional day rate of £430. 


The Candidate


You will have:  

  • management experience and knowledge of effective governance at a senior level in complex organisations in the private, public or voluntary sectors, preferably at Board level. 


You may have: 

  • a background in one or more of professional or voluntary work in General Aviation. 

  • excellent commercial business understanding. 


However please note this is not intended to be a representational role on behalf of General Aviation and it may not be possible to hold it concurrently with some other General Aviation related roles. Further details are in the candidate pack and shortlisted applicants will be given the opportunity to explore potential conflicts of interest before interview.   


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


To Apply 


The closing date for applications: 24 July 2022 at 24.00. 


Please contact 


More information can be found on the Public Appointments website along with a candidate pack - Role details – Civil Aviation Authority - Non-Executive Director with General Aviation expertise – Apply for a public appointment – GOV.UK (


Diversity and Inclusion 


The Department for Transport is committed to the principles of appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. In particular, the Department is committed to addressing the under-representation of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities who have the required skills and experience. 


This appointment is governed by the Governance Code for Public Appointments. 

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