A  technology entrepreneur and former commercial pilot has been named as a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Katherine Corich has experience of the aviation and IT sectors as well as being a specialist in transformational change.

She is founder and chairman of management consultancy Sysdoc and has worked with private and public sector organisations to deliver efficiency programmes and provide change management expertise.

Originally from New Zealand, Corich trained as a commercial pilot and flight instructor before starting her own business. She will serve on the CAA board for four years.

Two existing non-executive directors of the regulator, Dr David King and Graham Ward, will both serve for an extra two years.

CAA chair Dame Deirdre Hutton said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Katherine’s appointment. She has an incredible range and depth of experience which will be invaluable to the Civil Aviation Authority in the coming years.

“The pace of change in the aviation sector is increasing significantly, with new technology presenting unprecedented opportunities and risks.

“Katherine will bring much needed insight and expertise to the organisation as we navigate these changes and opportunities.

“I am also very pleased that we retain the skills and experience of David and Graham for a further period.”