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Andrew Haines

Chief Executive, CAA UK

MBA (1995)

Andrew HainesIn 2009, Andrew was appointed to the newly-created post of Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority by the then Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis. He joined the CAA after a wide-ranging career in the rail industry. Andrew was the Managing Director of the Rail Division of First Group plc, a £1.5bn turnover profit centre and Britain's largest train operator. He was headhunted to take on this role following a successful turnaround of South West Trains where he was Managing Director from 2000–2005.

"My Kingston MBA was probably the single biggest step I took in transforming my career prospects – partly because of the great business grounding it gave me, but also because it gave me confidence that I could hold my own in a diverse, business environment. It was an efficient method of learning and gaining a business qualification when a full time programme was simply not viable for me. The emphasis on joint and supported learning in study groups was brilliant at ensuring real interaction and a diverse perspective not limited to a text book approach."

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