Dame Deirdre Hutton to take over

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that Sir Roy McNulty is stepping down as Chairman of the CAA at the end of his term of office. Dame Deirdre Hutton took over as Chair on Saturday and Andrew Haines will take up his post as Chief Executive from 6 August. Sir Roy said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be Chair of the CAA over the past eight years, and to have served as a member of the CAA Board and Chairman of NATS for two years prior to that. Inevitably, there have been lots of challenges during that period, but I believe that the CAA has dealt effectively with everything that came in its path, and I was especially pleased that the independent Pilling report on the CAA recognised the view of our stakeholders that the CAA is probably the best aviation regulator in the world. “I believe the CAA’s achievements and reputation are due in large measure to the skills and professionalism of its staff. But these achievements and the CAA’s strong reputation stem also from the co-operative relationships which exist between the CAA and its key stakeholders – UK aviation (commercial, military and general aviation), the UK Government and politicians from all parties, and European and other international institutions. I am most grateful to this wide range of stakeholders for the strength of their co-operation during my term of office, and I have no doubt that the CAA’s new leadership team will be able to build on that co-operation to help meet the aviation challenges of the future.”