New Head of CAA GA Unit
The CAA has appointed Rachel Gardner-poole as the new Head of its General Aviation Unit. She will take up the post later this year following the departure of current head Tony Rapson, who has served in the role for more than five years.
Rachel is currently Portfolio Director at the CAA, having begun her career with the Authority in the GA Unit, in which she played a leading part in implementing changes following its launch in 2014. Her previous experience includes working on counter-terrorism with the Home Office and as a scientific researcher in the defence sector, where she learned to fly. She also volunteers for a flying charity which delivers aid and emergency relief to remote locations.
Rachel said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the dedicated and professional colleagues in the GA Unit. I’ve been passionate about aviation for many years and my first rôle here was as the GA Programme Manager, where I used my flying knowledge and experience to implement positive changes. I’m delighted to be returning to the unit in May to build on the excellent work of Tony Rapson and the team.”
“Rachel is the right candidate for this role,” added Mark Swan, Group Director Safety & Airspace Regulation. “Her ability to deliver complex projects, combined with her strong leadership skills and wide-ranging aviation experience, made her the obvious choice. Many in the GA community will already know Rachel and I am sure they will welcome her appointment.
“Tony Rapson has done an incredible job leading the Unit since its inception in 2014, and has delivered significant improvements for the GA sector. We thank him for his hard work and dedication to date and look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience in the coming months, ahead of this change.”