Dame Deirdre Hutton, DBE became Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University in October 2012.
Dame Deirdre Hutton became Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority on the 1 August 2009 and was previously Chair of the Food Standards Agency until July 2009. She has served on a number of public bodies and has considerable experience of corporate governance, risk-based regulation and consumer policy. She is Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Honorary Vice-President of the Trading Standards Institute. She is a Non-Executive member of the HM Treasury Board and sits as a Non-Executive on the board of Thames Water Utilities Ltd and Castle Trust.
She was, until June 2008, the Vice-Chair of the European Food Safety Authority Management Board and was Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Authority until December 2007. During 2008, she was on the three-member panel that conducted an independent review of postal services on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. For five years, until 2005, she was Chair of the National Consumer Council, having formerly chaired the Scottish Consumer Council. Prior to her appointment at the Food Standards Agency, she was a member of the Better Regulation Task Force.
She has held a number of positions on bodies dealing with food issues, including Chair of the Foresight Panel on the Food Chain and Crops for Industry, Chair of the Food Chain Centre, and membership of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (the Curry Commission).
In April 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship of City and Guilds.