H7 Advisory Panel, Civil Aviation Authority

Body: Civil Aviation Authority
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Major Projects, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5-6
Remuneration: £900 per day
Time Requirements: 1.5 - 2 days per month

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) operates one of the world’s busiest international airports with over 75 million passengers passing through the airport each year covering over 180 destinations worldwide. Heathrow Airport makes up some of the UK’s most critical transport infrastructure.

Due to its market power, Heathrow is subject to economic regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) through the granting of a Licence. The Licence places regulatory controls on the charges and services that Heathrow offers to airlines, and therefore ultimately to consumers (passengers and cargo customers). The Licence came into force on 1 April 2014 and the current price control and associated arrangements are due to expire on 31 December 2019. The CAA intends to extend the current arrangements by at least 2 years, so as to better align the regulatory process with the planning process associated with new runway capacity at the airport.

The CAA’s H7+ programme will develop the appropriate regulatory controls that should be put in place from 2020 for HAL, and will develop the regulatory framework to incentivise efficient and effective delivery of capacity expansion in the interests of consumers.

The purpose of the H7+ Advisory Panel is to complement our internal quality assurance process by providing an external and independent perspective on our process, policies and key decisions. The Panel will play a key role in challenging the CAA’s policy development and providing quality assurance on the CAA’s regulatory deliverables.

The role of the Panel will be to be provide advice at various stages of the policy development process, this may involve taking part in working level policy discussions, commenting on working papers and drafts of published documents as well as attending and contributing to some of our key governance meetings.

Person Specification

We are looking for members with extensive experience at senior levels with a range of specialities related to economic regulation of airports. All members will:

  • Be independent in thought and able to engage in effective dialogue with senior CAA staff.
  • Have personal gravitas and credibility, ideally with a track record of significant achievement in, or relevant experience of, relevant regulatory issues.
  • Have a keen interest in and an understanding of regulatory issues, including drivers of regulated companies.
  • Have knowledge and experience of aviation issues and in particular airport development and regulation, or in relation to the delivery and/or financing of major capital projects; Have strong communication skills to make an effective contribution to the discussions of an advisory panel, ideally gained from Board-level roles in bodies of similar size and influence.

We expect members should bring significant experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Economic regulation
  • Corporate and project finance
  • Planning and legal processes for infrastructure development
  • Cost assessment of major projects

How to Apply

To formally express interest in this role, we require:

  • a short statement setting out the candidate’s strengths and motivations for applying for the role;
  • a statement setting out any possible conflicts of interest in relation to the provision of advice on the economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited and the development of additional runway capacity at Heathrow Airport, and if appropriate proposals for mitigating any such conflicts;
  • a CV detailing your skills and experiences as they relate to this role; and
  • full contact details, including preferred e-mail addresses, and contact telephone/mobile number.

Applications should be sent to: hannah@luap.com by the closing date of 16th December 2018.

If you would like an informal conversation to discuss the role further, please contact Hannah Courtney by email or call on 01403 217688.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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