UK Civil Aviation Authority Appoints Rob Bishton as the new Chief Executive

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has announce the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Chief Executive, effective 21 October 2023.

Rob’s extensive career in aviation includes being a commercial pilot, and serving in a number of senior industry roles. He joined the Civil Aviation Authority in 2014, and has been a member of its Board since 2019, leading its Safety and Airspace Regulation Group. He helped lead the organisation’s extensive preparations for the EU-Exit, as well as the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new era of the Civil Aviation Authority continues its relentless focus on safety, whilst driving increased benefits for consumers, best value for industry, enabling new technologies and working internationally.

As the industry welcomes a period of sustainable growth, Rob welcomes the challenge of fulfilling the Civil Aviation Authority’s mission to continue to deliver the highest standards of safety and security, supporting consumers, and enabling innovation.

Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, warmly welcomed this appointment, saying:

“Having worked closely with Rob for a number of years, I am delighted he will be our new Chief Executive. With safety and consumers at the heart of our mission, his deep understanding of the sector makes him very well prepared for the complex challenges and opportunities ahead.

“Under Rob’s leadership, I am confident that we will continue to excel in our mission to ensure a safe, secure, and pioneering aviation and aerospace industry.”

Rob Bishton commented:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chief Executive. The Civil Aviation Authority plays a vital role in shaping the future of aviation and aerospace.

“I am committed to working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that the industry remains safe, innovative and competitive. It is our commitment to deliver for consumers, who rightly expect the highest standards from our industry.

“Working alongside all of our dedicated people, our fantastic Executive Team and the Board, I look forward to building on the Civil Aviation Authority’s legacy of excellence on both the domestic and global stages.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: 

“It’s vital that the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has strong leadership to manage and regulate one of the most competitive and innovative aviation sectors in the world, so it’s great to welcome Rob Bishton as the new Chief Executive Officer.

“Rob has been a valuable member of the Civil Aviation Authority since 2014 and has over 30 years of aviation experience. It is welcome news to see that work continues to help deliver greater consumer protections, regulate the sector and ensure future innovation is done safely and securely.”

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