Jane Middleton is new BATA Chairman

June 26th, 2015

The trade body for UK airlines, the British Air Transport Association (BATA), has appointed a new Chairman. Jane Middleton will take up her role on 1st July, when Dr Barry Humphreys, the Chairman for the last six years, stands down.

Jane said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this role at BATA at such an important time for the industry. BATA has an important role to play in representing its members’ views on issues ranging from airport capacity to tax and sustainability to consumer rights. I look forward to working with Nathan and the rest of team, as well as the members, to ensure BATA remains an effective and efficient voice for the UK airline industry. 

“I also want to pay tribute to Barry, who has performed sterling service as Chairman for BATA over the last six years.”

Jane has a varied and extensive career history in the aviation sector and as a finance professional – most recently as Chairman of the Aviation Club. She is a trustee of a number of organisations, including the RAeS, Airlink and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, as well as being an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Jane has previously been involved at a senior level in the Air League, Women in Aviation International and the RAF Museum. With a business and corporate background, including roles at Rockwell Collins UK, TNT Express and Virgin Atlantic, Jane is now the Managing Director of a business consultancy providing strategic financial management.

Commenting on the appointment of his successor, Dr Barry Humphreys, BATA Chairman since 2009, said:

“I am delighted that Jane has been appointed to take over as Chairman of BATA. Her knowledge of the aviation industry and extensive contacts will prove invaluable in ensuring the continued protection and promotion of BATA member airlines’ interests, and I wish her all the best for the future. It has been an honour and a pleasure to chair BATA over the past six years.  During that time the industry has faced a number of major challenges, which it has met with great resilience, and BATA has similarly had to change. Everyone involved can feel proud of what has been achieved. I will watch future developments with continued interest.”


26 June 2015