The Secretary of State for Transport has appointed Iain Osborne as a member of the board of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). He will become Group Director, Regulatory Policy with effect from 10 January 2011.
Mr Osborne has a long history of change management and leadership in both the public and private sector. He has held senior roles within the telecoms industry, the energy regulator OFGEM and the European Commission. As the current CEO of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, he has continued to build on his experience of protecting consumers in key sectors of the economy.
As Group Director, Regulatory Policy, Mr Osborne’s key tasks will be to ensure the CAA develops and delivers a consistent regulatory approach, offering choice and value for all aviation customers. He will be responsible for taking forward changes to the economic regulation of airports currently being considered by the government. The appointment is for five years and will initially be at a salary of £142,277 per year.
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.
Mr Osborne will replace Dr Harry Bush, who will stand down from the Board of the CAA at the end of 2010 after serving as Group Director, Economic Regulation since April 2003.
He will lead the CAA’s work on economic regulation and consumer policy - this includes setting price controls for airports and air traffic services.
The team’s aims are to secure the best sustainable outcome for users of air transport services, by facilitating competition where appropriate and protecting passengers where competition is insufficient; the team Mr Osborne will lead brings together CAA’s previously separate work on economic regulation and consumer policy, responding to government proposals for legislation to place the passenger interest at the heart of economic regulation; his team also acts as expert adviser to the government and collects, analyses and publishes statistical information on airlines and airports.