Expert Panel

Expert panel – supporting ICCAN’s work programme 

As a small advisory body, at ICCAN we do not have capacity to employ experts in every aspect of our work, given the scale and range of issues we consider. We therefore use a panel of experts to advise on the different aspects of our work programme. Panellists act as a source of independent, impartial, expert advice for ICCAN’s commissioners and staff, delivering specialist knowledge, research or evidence on different issues covered by our work, and providing quality assurance of ICCAN’s policy and guidance from an external perspective. 

Panellists are appointed through open Government Procurement Service rules and processes. Whenever panellists are called upon to advise the ICCAN board or staff, we publish details of their involvement.

Our ambition is that the panel should be able to cover the following fields (it may be that individuals have expertise that can cover more than one of these fields):  

  • Acoustics, especially in relation to aviation 
  • Noise measurement, metrics, and the design of noise monitoring hardware and software 
  • Building noise insulation 
  • The economics and business of aviation 
  • Commercial aviation 
  • General/business aviation 
  • Freight aviation 
  • Airport operations 
  • Airline operations 
  • Air traffic control and the use of airspace, nationally and internationally 
  • Piloting/flying 
  • Aeronautics 
  • Aircraft design 
  • Engineering and mechanics 
  • The physics of flight 
  • Innovation in aviation 
  • Supersonic flight 
  • Helicopters 
  • Drones 
  • Government and regulatory policy 
  • Local Government and planning 
  • Devolution in relation to relevant subject matters (eg aviation, transport, planning, noise, building regulations, public health) 
  • Law, especially in relation to aviation, regulation and planning 
  • Public health (particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to the impacts of noise) 
  • Consultation 
  • Community life and campaigning 
  • Sustainable development in aviation 
  • Climate change 
  • Air pollution 
  • Complex sample and survey design

UPDATE – 12 November 2020:

We are now particularly looking for panellists who are or have been commercial pilots; have experience of working for or with Air Traffic Control; have expertise in the law, especially in relation to aviation, regulation and land use planning at a national and local authority level. Finally we would like to hear from you if you have expertise in innovation in aviation technologies, for example eVTOLs and UAVs.

Applying to be on our expert panel

We are always keen to hear from individuals or organisations that are interested in acting as expert advisers. If you are interested, in the first instance, please email for further details and how to apply.

ICCAN prides itself on its own independence, and the independence of its commissioners, officials, and contractors. Potential expert panellists are asked to consider, before contacting us for further details, whether any of their current or recent professional work might constitute a conflict of interest and, in doing so, compromise the perception of the independence of ICCAN. 

Although panellists do not form part of ICCAN’s board, and will not have any responsibility or accountability for ICCAN’s work, all panellists must be able to demonstrate the ability to evidence independence and impartiality in advice and decision-making.  

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation noise ceased operating on 30 September 2021.

You can read the Government’s statement on ICCAN’s closure and Head Commissioner Rob Light’s letter to the Minister to learn more.

Any further questions about ICCAN’s work or aviation noise should be directed to the Department for Transport.