Director General Aviation, Maritime, International and Security

Gareth Davies


Gareth Davies was appointed Director General, Aviation, Maritime, International and Security Group in the Department for Transport in May 2019.


Previously Gareth was Director General, Business and Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He was responsible for securing business investment, managing distressed corporate situations and £9 billion public funding for universities and business research and development.

Over his career he has worked across the private and public sectors. He led the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a Private Secretary in Downing Street. Recently he worked for AIA, the pan-Asian life insurance company based in Hong Kong.

Gareth spent his early career as a management consultant, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.

Director General Aviation, Maritime, International and Security

The main areas of responsibility are:

  • ensuring the transport system is ready for the UK’s transition from the EU
  • aviation policy including airports, environment, consumer protection, security and safety
  • maritime policy including infrastructure, environment, security and trade
  • security and safety of the transport network
  • international negotiations with other governments and international transport organisations
  • sponsorship of arm- length bodies including the CAA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Investigation Branches

Department for Transport

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Business and Science, BEIS
  2. Non-executive board member, IPO
  3. Director General, Business and Science, BIS
  4. Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, BIS
  5. Executive Director, Government Innovation Group