Darren Caplan joined RIA as Chief Executive in January 2017. Since then he has led the RIA team, with a mission to promote rail supply sector growth, increase RIA’s visibility amongst political and stakeholder decision makers and influencers, and ensure RIA develops into the very best trade association it can be for its members. In July 2018, RIA won the Trade Association Forum’s Conference of the Year.
Prior to RIA, Darren was for six years Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade association for UK airports and the sector’s suppliers, where he led award-winning campaigns targeting airport sector growth and fairer levels of aviation tax. In 2016 he won the Trade Association Forum’s ‘Association Leadership’ Award. Before the AOA, Darren worked for 14 years in communications, politics and public affairs across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, planning and technology. Darren is a lifelong and long-suffering supporter of Crystal Palace FC!