New man at the top of the CAA: Richard Moriarty

The man who led the flying programme to bring home holidaymakers after the collapse of Monarch Airlines in October, Richard Moriarty, is to take over as chief executive of the CAA next year.

Moriarty will succeed Andrew Haines, whose term of office is due to expire in summer 2018.

Moriarty re-joined the CAA in 2016 as Group Director of Consumers and Markets and Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to joining he was the Chief Executive at the Legal Services Board, which oversees the legal profession in England and Wales.

He has also held a number of senior public and private sector roles including, Affinity Water, the Social Housing Regulator, the Postal Services Commission and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, CAA chairperson, said, “Following a thorough selection process that included a significant number of first class candidates, I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Richard Moriarty as the Chief Executive-designate of the CAA.

“Richard was the standout candidate throughout the process.

“His leadership qualities were recently further put to the test during the flying programme he led following Monarch Airlines entering into administration, where he clearly demonstrated his operational scope and capabilities.

“Richard has had the benefit of working closely with Andrew in two roles at the CAA and has shown that he has an excellent grasp of the wide and diverse issues our organisation manages on a daily basis.”

Richard Moriarty said, “I am honoured and delighted to be asked to lead the CAA and build on the strong foundations laid by Andrew. We have a special responsibility to protect consumers and the broader public, whilst enabling the sustainable growth of an innovative and diverse industry that plays a vital role for our economy.

“I am looking forward to working closely with all those with an interest in shaping a successful future for UK aviation and the consumers it serves as we address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Haines said, “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Richard during the coming months as we transition.

“I have loved my time at the CAA and still have much to do before I leave. I’ve had the chance to work with a fantastic group of people and I know that the organisation will continue to flourish with someone of Richard’s calibre at the helm.”

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