Kate Staples

Kate was the General Counsel & Secretary to the CAA until December 2021, holding the role for over 11 years. Kate was also a Trustee of the Air Travel Trust, of the CAA’s pension scheme, and company secretary to the CAA’s two subsidiaries: ASSI Ltd and CAA
International Ltd. In February 2023 she took up the role of Director of Governance and Legal Services at the Care Quality Commission.

Before joining the CAA, Kate worked at the Dept for Transport, primarily advising on aviation matters, with a short stint in one of the railways teams. Kate did not start off as a public lawyer; in her early career she specialised in high-value construction and engineering disputes at a leading City practice.

Kate enjoys the arts, travel, developing her photography skills and following the fluctuating fortunes of Liverpool FC.