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Catherine Bell re-appointed to Civil Aviation Authority board

Catherine Bell has been reappointed as a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has re-appointed Dr Catherine Bell as a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a further 3 years from 1 April 2011.

Dr Bell has been a member of the CAA Board since April 2006, after a career in the civil service. At the CAA, her work has included chairing the Remuneration Committee and membership of the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) price control panel. She has also played an important role in implementing the changes to the corporate governance of the CAA recommended in Sir Joseph Pilling’s 2008 strategic review.

Dr Bell’s time commitment to the CAA will reduce from the present 2 days per week to 1, in line with other non-executive members of the Authority. There will be a corresponding reduction in her salary to £22,000 per annum, but with additional remuneration for chairing committees and participation in appeals hearings.

In addition to her role at the CAA, Dr Bell is a non-executive director of the United Utilities Group plc and Ensus Ltd, and has recently been appointed as a non-executive director at the Department of Health; she will receive a salary of £15,000 per annum for this role.

She is also a governor of the London School of Economics and chair of the Investment Committee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund; neither of these positions is remunerated.

Notes to editors

The CAA is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in the United Kingdom and is the government’s principal advisor on civil aviation matters. It has specific responsibility for aviation safety, consumer protection, airspace policy and the economic regulation of the industry. Its funding, including the salaries of Board Members, comes from the charges it makes on the industry that it regulates.

The decision to reappoint Dr Bell was taken in accordance with the code of practice published by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Dr Bell has declared that she has undertaken no relevant political activity during the past 5 years.

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Published 3 February 2011