By connecting the global aviation family to real-world UK CAA expertise, we help States achieve a better aviation system; one that enhances prosperity, tackles societal and environmental challenges, and promotes an innovative, sustainable future.
As the UK CAA International Group’s independent technical cooperation arm, we unite and export half a century of UK CAA knowhow to help States improve and responsibly grow air transportation.
Working with national Governments, aviation agencies, regulators and industry organisations, our advice, training and examination services have helped countless States pursue robust, sustainable regulatory systems.
We provide holistic advice, often above and beyond UK, ICAO, and European-based standards, harnessing the UK’s treasure chest of regulatory mastery, aviation heritage and prevailing innovative landscape.
Through enduring partnerships, we take States on a journey – from solving evolving compliance challenges, and getting essential oversight just right, to progressive transformations for advanced regulatory performance.
As a founding member and leading voice within the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the UK has been a powerhouse developing the regulatory DNA that aviation relies upon. Today, our subject matter experts continue to pioneer new international standards and forward-looking regulatory practices to help the future of flight flourish.
By improving aviation and aerospace standards across the globe, together we can make a truly connected world a reality, uniting people and businesses for a better and more sustainable future.
In pursuit of a truly connected world, we are proud to blend our work with targeted social good programmes. As a Social Enterprise, we take action to overcome some of the greatest aviation challenges facing the developing world – investing and driving change where it is needed most.
Our Leadership Team
Maria N. Rueda, MSc, BSc
Maria joined CAAi in 2011 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director in 2015. Maria is responsible for setting the long-term strategic vision for CAAi and establishing and maintaining senior stakeholder engagement and key partnerships. Maria has over 23 years of experience in the aviation sector and holds MSc in Airports and Air Navigation Services as well as BSc in Aeronautical Engineering.
Head of International Operations Asia Pacific, Exams & Licensing
Matthew joined the CAAi in 2009 and was appointed Head of International Operations for the Middle East, Africa and Americas in 2018. Matthew leads a multidisciplinary technical assistance and project management team across CAAi’s delivery function for some of the strategically significant regions for the UK CAA. He is also responsible for international examination and licensing services. Matthew has 19 years’ experience working in the aviation industry, including to Chief Executive and Board level, and holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the Oxford Brookes University.
Rob Erskine, BSc, MRICS APMP
Head of International Operations Americas, Africa, UK & Europe, Middle East
Rob joined CAAi in 2011 and became Head of International Operations for the Asia Pacific region in 2017 responsible for our Programme Delivery. Rob has vast aviation operational and commercial experience with 17 years at BAA plc covering London’s South-East Airports. Rob has a Bachelor Honours Degree of Valuation and Estate Management from the University of West of England and maintains his professional qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.
Head of International Operations Technical Resources
Sophie Jones, MAPM
Head of International Operations and Training
Sophie joined the CAA in 2016 and became Head of Operations in 2018 responsible for leading the strategic IT project implementation, people development, business planning and our quality management systems. In June 2020 Sophie expanded her role to include the CAAi Training Portfolio. Sophie has over 15 years aviation industry experience in operational, change management, project management, process improvement and training delivery. Sophie is a member of the association of project managers and holds an accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.