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Who's Who

Chairman
Mr Alan Smith FRAeS

Non-Executive Directors
Dr Jim Glover BSc DSc
Mr Colin Basnett CBE MA

Chief Executive
Mr Andy Armstrong

Directors
Mrs Caroline Rogers (Commercial Director)
Group Captain Chris Murray OBE (Director Operations and Company Secretary)
Mr Steve Gunyon (Director Finance)


Chairman
Alan Smith
Born in 1946 in Leicester, Alan has spent most of his career working in retailing. Following a Business Studies Degree at Leeds Polytecnic, Alan rose through the ranks of Joshua Tetley, before being appointed Managing Director of Victoria Wine. He then joined the Kingfisher Retail Group, first as MD of Superdrug, then B&Q, before moving to the role of Chief Executive of Boddingtons, Evans Halshaw, Punch Taverns and Somerfield Food Stores. His final executive role was as Chairman and Chief Executive of Robert Dyas. Alan is Chairman of Fisher Leisure Holdings Ltd and Displayplan Ltd. and Non Executive Director of Flybe Group PLC and NAAFI.
   

Non-Executive Director
Jim Glover
Jim has a diverse background of executive and non-executive roles in retail, leisure and service organisations both in the UK and overseas. Such roles included MD of Benskins Ltd (an Allied Domecq company); MD of Kingfisher Asia Ltd, MD and later Chairman of Superdrug, CEO Kingfisher General Merchandise Sector (all within the Kingfisher Group); CEO of Patientline and his last executive role as CEO of NAAFI. Previous non-executive roles have included Treasurer and then Chairman of Council, University of Birmingham, and Chairman of the Royal Mencap Society. In addition to RAFCTE, Jim's current roles are Chairman of Andrews & Partners (an estate agency owned by charities), Chairman of Surrey Research Park and Chair of Council, University of Surrey.
   

Non-Executive Director
Colin Basnett
Mr Colin Basnett served in the Royal Air Force from 1979 - 2012, and is currently the Defence and Political Advisor (Air) for MBDA. Initially trained as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller, he enjoyed three tours as an airman, including one in Hong Kong, before being selected for commissioned aircrew service. His career then saw him undertake a tour as an instructor navigator for the Tornado GR1, followed by an exchange tour in the United States Air Force, before returning to the UK to attend the Joint Service Command and Staff College. Having converted onto the Tornado GR4, Colin commanded No 14 Sqn, and, after promotion to Group Captain, assumed command of RAF Marham. Colin undertook his eighth operational tour as Director of the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, Al Udeid, Qatar. His final years in the RAF saw him return to the MOD as the Head of Air Resources and Plans followed by the Head of the Capability Equipment Plan.
   

Chief Executive
Andy Armstrong

Andy has a strong commercial background in Media, FMCG and other consumer industries. After leaving Strathclyde University, he joined SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) as a graduate trainee, gaining experience in multiple industries and ending up as the Marketing Director for its consumer soft drinks division. He then moved to Sony and progressed through to become Managing Director Northern Europe for Sony Pictures' Home Entertainment division. Andy, whose father was Air Training Corps (ATC) Corps Chaplain, has a keen interest in aviation. In his youth he joined the Combined Cadet Force and he learned to fly following the award of a Cadet Flying Scholarship. He was also a member of the University Air Squadron. He took up his role as Chief Executive at RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises in July 2014.

   

Commercial Director
Caroline Rogers
Caroline Rogers joined the company in 1990 following five years in management in the catering industry. She joined as Special Events Manager, was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director Business Development and is now on the board as Commercial Director. Her areas of responsibility include all marketing activity, sales - including sponsorship and corporate business development and PR issues. Additionally, her department manages any special projects, the RAF Band concerts and all VIP event and guest management.
   
   

Director Operations/
Company Secretary
Chris Murray
Chris Murray OBE, served in the Royal Air Force for 35 years, retiring in 2008 as a Group Captain. Chris filled a range of appointments in the field of accounting and personnel administration during postings in the UK, Germany, as well as operational tours in Sierra Leone and the Middle East. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2001. Chris joined RAFCTE in 2008 as Company Secretary and Deputy Director Ground Operations. He joined the executive team and Board in 2009.
   

Director Finance
Steve Gunyon

Steve joined the team and survived his first RIAT in 2013. Having spent the last 20 years working in financial and commercial roles for a range of aerospace businesses designing, making and supporting aircraft systems and assemblies for Civil and Military aircraft it's really great to finally get airside. In a way it's almost taken him full circle, because Steve's first job in industry after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant was for a business that included Air Europe, so from the start of his career aircraft have always been part of the buzz. In between Steve squeezed in a few years with consumer focused businesses, with some well-known brands, but nothing that quite has the same "wow" factor as RIAT. Steve's team looks after Finance, IT and Comms.

 
Management Team
   

Head of Marketing
Helen Webb
Helen is a customer focused marketing professional with 20 years commercial experience in small start-ups through to large multi-nationals. Her role is to develop and implement the marketing strategy to promote the Air Tattoo, concert tour and trading activities to both existing and new audiences. Understanding the customer and providing a great experience is key to this so feedback, research and data analysis are particularly important. Helen holds a Business & Marketing Degree, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer. Family connections within the RAF mean that generating funds for the RAF Charitable Trust is very close to her heart.
   

Head of Air Operations
Tom Gibbons
Tom Gibbons served as an Aircraft Engineering Technician in the Royal Air Force for 33 years, leaving the Service in 2012. Throughout his career Tom was employed in a variety of roles during postings in the UK, the former West Germany, Falkland Islands and Gulf area which saw Tom working on Hunter, Buccaneer, Jaguar, Phantom, Tornado GR.1/F.3 and Typhoon aircraft. Tom's final RAF appointment saw him embedded with UK and international Industry employed within the Eurofighter Typhoon Project Team at the BAE Systems, Warton facility in Lancashire. Tom joined RAFCTE in 2012 as Head of Air Operations where his team is responsible for the delivery of the full spectrum of requirements required to support all aspects of the aviation element of the Royal International Air Tattoo and Air Tattoo Events Services activities.
   

Head of Ground Operations
Paul Sayer

During a 29 year career as both an Aircraft Engineering Technician and a Training Development Officer Paul Sayer served in a range of appointments from Jaguar maintenance at RAF Abingdon through tours on both the Tornado GR1 and F3 Operational Conversion Units to Command of Training Development Wing at RAF Cosford. Operational deployments to Basrah and Baghdad sat either side of his time as Chief of Staff in the Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Force HQ at RAF Brize Norton. Paul left the Royal Air Force in late 2012, from the Joint Services Command & Staff College, joining RAFCTE in Feb 2013 as Head of Ground Operations.

   

Head of Hospitality & Events
Philippa Hayday-Brown

Philippa relocated from London having worked at the Royal Academy of Music and then BT within their business marketing and strategy department to join the company on a short term temporary contract within the Aircraft Operations department. 18 short years later, having spent valuable time working in a number of other internal departments, Philippa heads up the Hospitality and Events team that undertakes the corporate account management of our sponsors, the delivery of RIAT Hospitality, both corporate and public and the annual RAF in Concert Tour.

   

Head of Corporate Relationships
& VIP Events
David Winstone
David Winstone joined the company in 2011 after serving five years as an officer in the British Army. He joined as Executive Officer (Commercial), was subsequently promoted to Corporate Account Manager, and is now Head of Corporate Relations and VIP Events. David's department plans and delivers RAFCTE's VIP events, manages sponsorship sales and is responsible for the RIAT Guest Management operation. David is RAFCTE's lead on corporate, government and international defence relationships.
   

In this section....

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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