Gareth Davies

Director General, Aviation, Maritime, International and Security at Department for Transport (DfT)

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Director General, Aviation, Maritime, International and Security, Department for Transport
Policy Leaders Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

Gareth Davies was appointed Director General of the Aviation, Maritime, International and Security Group in the Department for Transport in May 2019. In this role, his main areas of responsibility are:

  • ensuring the transport system is ready for the UK’s transition from the EU
  • aviation policy (including airports, environment, consumer protection, security and safety)
  • maritime policy (including infrastructure, environment, security and trade)
  • security and safety of the transport network
  • international negotiations with other governments and international transport organisations
  • sponsorship of arm's-length bodies including the CAA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Investigation Branches.

Previously Gareth was Director General, Business and Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), responsible for securing business investment, managing distressed corporate situations and £9 billion public funding for universities and business research and development - and for leading the Department's work to stimulate economic growth by making the UK world class at enabling and exploiting knowledge, research and innovation.

Over his career he has worked across the private and public sectors. He led the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a Private Secretary in Downing Street; worked for AIA, the pan-Asian life insurance company based in Hong Kong; and spent his early career as a management consultant, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.