EASA Management Board

Michael Smethers

Chair of the EASA Management Board

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1968 and working for two years in the then UK Ministry of Transport, Michael Smethers spent twenty years teaching economics and business studies in secondary schools in London, before returning to Government service in 1990.

He was Head of International Aviation and Safety Division in the UK Department for Transport from May 1996 onwards, where his responsibilities included oversight and management of all aspects of European aviation policy, the UK’s bilateral aviation relations with non-EU countries, and the UK’s participation in ICAO.

In February 2006 he joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as Director of European and International Strategy.  The CAA is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator in the fields of safety, economics, airspace planning and consumer protection. 

Mr. Smethersl has been closely involved in the creation and implementation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for over ten years, and has been the UK’s Representative on the EASA Management Board since its formation in 2002. He was the Board’s Deputy Chair from 2002-2008, and was elected Chair in December 2008. He has recently been re-elected as Chair for a second three-year term.