Aviation is facing possibly its biggest challenge since the Wright brothers first took to the air in 1903, with COVID-19 putting the industry in a situation it has never before experienced. But, at the same time, the CAA can see significant opportunities to address aviation’s environmental challenges and develop the amazing innovations the aviation industry is famous for.
The CAA’s role as a regulator, influencer and strategic partner will never be as important as it will be in the coming months and years. As a non-executive director, you know what a pivotal role you as an individual and your peers will play. The challenges and opportunities will be significant. Being excited by these challenges, the CAA expect the successful applicant to be so much more than a leading non-executive director. For example, the CAA senior team strive to lead by example on inclusivity and diversity and we expect you to play a key role.
As you’d expect, your positive influence will spread across the organisation. Your high emotional intelligence and dexterity will help enable all our colleagues to live by the CAA’s values and professionally represent what the CAA stands for. Taking the whole CAA with you on this journey will be key. In doing this you’ll need to live and breathe the CAA’s long-term vision that features the CAA’s core work in safety, security and consumer protection while also embracing new technology, space, and the environment. But delivering the now and being agile to change and challenge are equally important to the CAA.
Introduction from the Secretary of State
This is an exciting time for the Department for Transport. The transport network touches the lives of everyone in the UK, and our ambitious programme of renewal – improving journeys, boosting economic opportunities, securing our supply chain – will shape Britain for generations to come.
The aviation side of our business is especially vital to getting the post-COVID economy back on its feet – helping businesses, creating jobs, enabling tourism and levelling up the nation.
We are recruiting for one Non-Executive Director to join our team on the Board of the Civil Aviation Authority. The CAA is the independent body that regulates the nation’s aviation safety, security, and consumer rights, as well as carrying out the economic regulation of both airports and air traffic control. It has taken on new responsibilities from the European Aviation Safety Agency, others linked to COVID risks and has also become the UK’s civil space flight regulator.
The position requires expertise in General Aviation which the appointee will draw on as they contribute to the governance of all areas of the CAA’s work.
As part of the government’s commitment to diversity, I want our public bodies to benefit from a wide variety of ideas, background, ethnicity, gender, disability and life experience. That means we need diverse candidates who can bring wide experience and dynamic ideas to our boards. We need our appointments to be open to fresh talent, expertise and perspectives, to help us better understand the needs of the communities we serve.
I would like to encourage you to consider applying for this role if you are interested in public appointments and the work of the CAA. Our dedicated DfT Public Appointments Team would be happy to talk through the process and answer your questions.
Robert Courts MP
Minister For Aviation, Maritime and Security
Introduction from the Chair
The Civil Aviation Authority has a vital public service role, promoting the safety, security, and consumer interests of those who fly, whilst also protecting those on the ground underneath. We also have a vital role in leading and enabling the aerospace sector, helping ensure that the UK continues to be a global leader in aerospace.
These are exciting but exceptionally challenging times: we need to help aerospace recover from COVID, the greatest crisis in its history; we must chart a course to environmentally sustainable aviation; we need to ensure that UK aerospace continues to thrive outside the EU; we need to create the right environment for new technologies, as well as become the UK’s Space regulator; and we need to do much more to promote innovation, STEM, and diversity in aerospace.
We also must have the People strategies within the CAA which ensure we can deliver this ambitious agenda.
The CAA Board ensures that we maintain excellence in our day-to-day responsibilities, whilst setting our organisation for the future.
Our Non-Executive Directors are at the heart of the Board’s work, providing vital insight, guidance, challenge, and support. In recruiting a new Non-Executive Director to the Board, I’m excited by the opportunity to be able to work with a great individual who will give us the skills, experience, and diversity that the Board needs to define and deliver the CAA of the future. I very much look forward to meeting you.
Sir Stephen Hillier
Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority
Your role would be to;
- Provide independent and constructive challenge to the CAA’s executive team to help ensure the CAA delivers its strategic objectives.
You will have;
- The ability to contribute effectively to the Board over the full breadth of the CAA’s work.
- Relevant Board level executive or non-executive experience.
Your experience in aviation (and other sectors) will ideally have given you an ability to appreciate and understand:
- The strategic issues facing General and Business Aviation (essential);
- A broad range of General Aviation activities (e.g. private, display, heritage, recreational, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, and business other than passenger carriage) (essential);
- The ability to provide strategic challenge, whilst building consensus with a range of stakeholders (essential);
- Political awareness and the ability to navigate the political landscape (essential);
- The role of General Aviation in the development and adoption of innovative technologies such as fuels, remotely piloted air systems, and machine learning (desirable); and
- Design, manufacture, operational and consumer perspectives of General and Business Aviation (desirable).
Please give examples in your supporting statement showing how in previous activity you have demonstrated this appreciation and understanding. Candidates will be sifted on these four essential and the two desirable criteria.
The CAA is the UK’s civil aviation regulator. Recognised as a world leader in their field, the CAA is at the cutting edge of the exciting and ever-changing aviation environment. Never standing still, the CAA’s work includes diverse activities such as;
- Driving world-class safety standards
- Managing security risks, safeguarding passengers and the general public
- Minimising the environmental impact of aviation on local communities
- Running the ATOL holiday financial protection scheme
- Helping innovators to deliver the future of aviation.
Thanks to the efforts of the CAA’s organisation and our people, consumers have choice, value for money and protection when they fly. As part of the CAA’s team, you could help us deliver this vision and be a part of something great. In return, you can expect to feel welcome and to have your voice heard.
The CAA is a public corporation, established by Parliament in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator. The UK Government normally requires that the costs are fully covered by charges to those the CAA provide a service to or regulate.
Regulation of appointment
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website