Civil Aviation Authority - Non-Executive Directors

Body: Civil Aviation Authority
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: London and Gatwick
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Change Management, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £25,000 per year. Non-Executive Members are also sometimes required to take part in panel hearings for safety or licensing matters, reimbursed at an additional day rate of £430.
Time Requirements: 60 days per annum


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has announced the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors.

Garry Copeland will be joining the board as a Non-Executive Director for Aviation Safety. In his position, Garry will provide independent counsel to the Civil Aviation Authority’s executive team and will provide a vital role in helping the organisation to deliver its strategic safety objectives. Garry brings with him a wide array of skills and experience having worked in numerous positions across the aviation and aerospace sectors, including roles at British Airways, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Air Safety Support International.

Commenting, Garry, said: “I am very happy to be joining the Civil Aviation Authority Board at a time of rapid technology change and with significant environmental and societal challenges”.

Jane Hanson will be joining the board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee. This role is important in shaping the Civil Aviation Authority’s corporate governance, internal control and financial audit processes. Jane brings a wealth of experience at Board level having worked at several large plc, customer orientated, regulated and not for profit organisations including Welsh Water, Direct Line Group, Rothesay Insurance and Reclaim Fund Limited.

Commenting, Jane, said: “I am delighted to be joining the Civil Aviation Authority Board at this unprecedented time and I am very much looking forward to playing my part in helping the sector meet the considerable challenges that lie ahead”.

Graham Ward and David King will be leaving the UK Civil Aviation Authority Board following eight years of service each.

Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The Civil Aviation Authority’s role is to improve safety, security and consumer protection outcomes. These are exciting, but exceptionally challenging times for the organisation, as we work to safeguard and enable thriving aviation and aerospace sectors. I’m delighted to be able to welcome Garry and Jane to the Board and to the Civil Aviation Authority. They will play a major role in ensuring that we have the skills and experience we need to define and deliver our current tasks and the future of the organisation.

“I would also like to thank sincerely Graham Ward and David King for their outstanding commitment to the Civil Aviation Authority over the last eight years. Their deep expertise, wise counsel and unwavering support has been enormously beneficial to the delivery of the Civil Aviation Authority’s objectives throughout some of the most difficult times for the industry, including throughout the coronavirus pandemic as well as the collapse of large-scale travel businesses such as Monarch Airlines and Thomas Cook.”

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport added: “I’m pleased to welcome Garry Copeland and Jane Hanson as the newest Civil Aviation Authority Non-Executive Directors. Each bring fresh perspectives and invaluable insights from their careers across the aviation and aerospace sector.

“These appointments will help the Civil Aviation Authority to navigate the challenges ahead, as the sector builds back better and greener following the pandemic.

“I’d also like to thank Graham Ward and David King for their eight years of service as they leave their posts and the legacy they have created for the Civil Aviation Authority during this timeframe.”

Garry and Jane have been appointed for a period of four years, starting in September.

The Civil Aviation Authority has also recently appointed Air Vice Marshal Simon Edwards to the Board replacing Air Vice Marshal Ian Gale to hold the military representation role on the Civil Aviation Authority Board.

Date: 27/08/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 12/04/2021

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 10/05/2021

  • Announcement

    27/08/2021 at 09:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

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, enforcement of consumer protection rules, and the management of the ATOL financial protection scheme for holidaymakers.

The Opportunity

The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint three Non Executive Directors to join the Board of the CAA.

We are looking for outstanding individuals 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 additional responsibilities as the UK leaves the European Aviation Safety Agency, and shaping the real-world experience of the multiple stakeholders the CAA serves.

 The Roles

The roles will provide independent and constructive challenge to the CAA’s executive team, ensuring the CAA delivers against its strategic objectives. We are looking for candidates with high level executive or non executive Board experience and the ability to contribute effectively across the breadth of the CAA’s work. One role is for a general Non Executive Director, while the one of the two others requires up to date experience of the aviation safety industry and the other a Chartered Accountant with experience of preparing or assuring complex annual reports and accounts.

Person Specification

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; and
  • excellent commercial business understanding.

You may have a background in one or more of the following

  • professional or voluntary work in transport operations including the development of people’s skills;
  • digital and technology experience to deliver and meet government aims for transport in a digital age; and
  • delivering a high level of customer service to a wide range of customers

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

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please supply the following to by 25 February 2021:

  • A CV (2 pages) setting out your career highlights and including any relevant supporting information.
  • A short supporting statement (2 pages) setting out clearly the role or roles for which you wish to apply, giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the skills needed to succeed in these roles. Please provide examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the ‘skills needed to succeed in the role’.
  • Please ensure that you complete the supporting documentation form. This captures your diversity information, which is used only for statistical monitoring purposes. It separately asks you to provide referees and declare potential conflicts of interest.

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.

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