A public relations company executive is to take over as head of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK).

Dale Keller, who has been providing PR support for the airline organisation through the company KTA Public Relations, takes over on November 9 following the retirement of current chief executive Mike Carrivick.

Keller has held management roles with Air Mauritius and Air Malta, and previously held the position of BAR UK board member representing the African region.

BAR UK chairman Sandra Bloodworth stated “On behalf of the board we are delighted to welcome Dale as chief executive and we look forward to drawing upon his extensive aviation experience.

“There has, arguably, never been a more crucial time for aviation in the UK and BAR UK plays a vital role in communicating the widest collective voice of the industry.

“Dale will be working closely with Mike until his retirement to ensure a smooth handover.”