Darren Caplan has been Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) since January 2011. Before the AOA, Darren worked for 14 years in communications, public affairs and politics in a number of sectors, including infrastructure, planning and technology; and for the four years prior to joining the AOA in 2011, he was Director of Public Affairs for full-service comms agency Brands2Life. Darren’s political experience includes working for the Conservative party and standing (unsuccessfully!) as a parliamentary candidate in the 2010 general election. He is incredibly passionate about aviation and the benefits the sector brings, be they global trade benefits to UK plc, boosting regional and local growth, or enabling millions of people to holiday and visit friends and family in the UK and around the world.