CAA appoints Richard Moriarty as new chief executive


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has appointed Richard Moriarty as its new CEO, succeeding Andrew Haines.

Moriarty will take up the role after Haines’s term ends in summer 2018. He has worked closely with Haines in his time at the CAA and was chosen for the role following his leadership on the flying programme after Monarch Airlines stopped flying.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, chairwoman of the CAA, said: “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. I know that everyone at the CAA joins me in warmly congratulating Richard on his appointment.”

Moriarty re-joined the CAA in 2016, taking the roles of group director of consumers and markets and deputy chief executive at the legal services board.

Previously, he has held senior positions in senior public and private sector roles, including positions at Affinity Water, the Social Housing Regulator, the Postal Services Commission and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.

He 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.”