David Tait

Innovation Strategy Lead, Civil Aviation Authority

David is leading the CAA’s Regulatory Lab team which looks to develop regulatory responses to new and emerging challenges in the aviation sector – particularly in the form of new technologies and business models.

David obtained an MA in politics and an LLB and a PGD in Law from the University of Glasgow before moving to Leiden University in the Netherlands and gaining an LLM in law (specialising in International Law). Upon return to the UK he qualified as a solicitor with a major commercial law firm in Scotland. After spending two years working on regulatory law and litigations in a range of different sectors, he moved to London to work for a boutique firm specialised in international litigation. David then joined the Commonwealth Secretariat where he spent two years advising member states on how to respond to new trends in cybercrime and security including drafting legislation and regulations as well as representing the Commonwealth at UN, Council of Europe and EU meetings. He then moved to the body responsible for internet infrastructure (ICANN) before joining the CAA. Over the last two and a half years at CAA David has been working on innovation related topics such as drones and cyber security before eventually leading a bid to the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund for support to setup the Innovation Hub.