The Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, has reappointed Andrew Haines as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a further 5 years.
Andrew Haines joined the CAA in August 2009 for an initial three-year term following a successful career in the rail industry. His appointment followed an open competition held in accordance with the Code of Practice published by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. He is the CAA’s first Chief Executive. The position was created in response to Sir Joseph Pilling’s 2008 strategic review of the Authority.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said:
Since his appointment in 2009, Andrew has helped bring fresh thinking to the CAA while maintaining the UK’s excellent record in aviation safety. This vision and drive will be crucial in implementing the passenger-focused reforms to the Authority’s functions and framework that the government will introduce in the Civil Aviation Bill in 2012.
The Chair of the CAA, Dame Deirdre Hutton, welcomed Mr Haines’ reappointment. She commented:
Andrew’s reappointment is very good news for consumers and for the aviation sector. Since joining the CAA he has put in place important changes to modernise the organisation and build on its strengths, to ensure we regulate as effectively as possible in what are challenging times for civil aviation. The organisation will benefit from his continued leadership in ensuring an aviation industry that is safe, delivers choice and value for consumers, and takes steps to reduce its environmental impact.
The Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in the United Kingdom and is the government’s principal advisor on aviation matters; it has specific responsibility for aviation safety, consumer protection, airspace policy and the economic regulation for the industry; it is based mainly in London and Gatwick and has approximately 1000 employees
Mr Haines’ salary will remain unchanged at £250,000 per annum; the CAA’s funding comes from the charges it imposes on the industry, rather than the taxpayer - he holds no other public appointments
The government published the draft Civil Aviation Bill on 23 November 2011; it includes proposals to devolve greater responsibility to the CAA as the independent specialist regulator for aviation, in particular in the economic regulation of airports and aviation security - it will also modernise the governance and financial oversight of the CAA.