In conversation with: Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair, Civil Aviation Authority - reflecting on a decade of leading through crisis

Dame Deirdre Hutton has been chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority since 2009 and will stand down from the role at the end of July.  We are delighted that she will be joining us for a live studio valedictory lecture at the end of her tenure leading the UK’s aviation regulator.

Over the course of 11 years, Dame Deirdre has helped steward the CAA through some of the most trying crises in UK aviation history, from the Icelandic volcanic eruption in 2010 right through to the collapse of Thomas Cook last year and the current COVID pandemic. Dame Deirdre will reflect on these events, the role of governance in a crisis and the state of the aviation industry. She will also share her views on the future of regulation, particularly considering technological innovation and evolving consumer habits.   

By joining this webinar you will have the opportunity to put questions to Dame Deirdre and hear about:

  • The role of the Board in a crisis
  • The importance of just culture to improving regulatory outcomes
  • The state of the aviation industry
  • The future of regulation
  • Dame Deirdre Hutton


    Civil Aviation Authority

    Dame Deirdre Hutton became Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority on 1 August 2009 and was previously Chair of the Food Standards Agency until July 2009. She has served on a number of public bodies and has considerable experience of corporate governance, risk-based regulation and consumer policy. She is Honorary Vice President of the Trading Standards Institute, sat as a non-executive on the Board of Thames Water Utilities Limited until end January 2018 and is Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University. From September 2008 until November 2013 she sat on the Board of HM Treasury. Until June 2008, she was the Vice-Chair of the European Food Safety Authority Management Board and was Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Authority until December 2007. For five years, until 2005, she was Chair of the National Consumer Council, having formerly chaired the Scottish Consumer Council. Prior to her appointment at the Food Standards Agency, she was a member of the Better Regulation Task Force.


Please apply now to secure your spot on this live webinar. Sign up as usual using your WIG account, an invitation to register on the webinar platform confirming your place will be sent out a week ahead of the session. All WIG members are guaranteed a place on this webinar when applying to attend. 

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