BATA Chief Executive to Retire

April 1st, 2014

The British Air Transport Association, the trade body for UK airlines, has announced that its Chief Executive, Simon Buck, will retire from the organisation in September 2014, after 4 years in the role.  A recruitment process has been launched to find his successor.

Barry Humphreys, Chairman of BATA, expressed his gratitude to Simon for his contribution to BATA’s work over recent years.  “Despite deregulation in some areas, aviation continues to be a highly regulated industry, subject to considerable political intervention.  If anything, therefore, the role of an airline trade body has become even more important and BATA has had to evolve to meet the growing challenges.  Simon has been central to that development and has played a key role in ensuring that BATA’s, and its airline members’, voices have been heard by government and regulators.  Today BATA is a more active and visible organisation than when Simon joined, for which he should take much of the credit.  He will be a hard act to follow, but we wish him all the best in his retirement”.

Simon Buck commented: “I have enjoyed working in this high profile role.  I became involved in aviation for the first time some 25 years ago and will miss many colleagues, both within the BATA membership, across the spectrum of the industry and in regulatory circles. But I am now looking forward to early retirement and seeing more of my family which will involve my being overseas for much of the time. I wish my eventual successor every happiness and success in rising to the challenges which airlines continue to face.”

Anyone wanting details of the Chief Executive post should contact BATA on 020 7222 9494 or e-mail [email protected].