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Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo

TRUSTEES

In 2020 the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust saw a number of changes to Trustee board, with Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson departing after a successful seven year term as Chairman of the charity. Taking over the position in June was Air Marshal Phil Osborn. New board members joined in March 2019 and most recently, Air Marshal Sir Julian Young joined as a Trustee after 40 years' service in the RAF, and having been associated with the Royal International Air Tattoo since 2011. This now brings the total number of trustees (including Chairman) to ten, with Justine Morton the Trust Director.

Additionally, the RAFCT retains close links with the RAF, primarily through Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

Phil Osborn
Air Marshal Phil Osborn CBE
Chairman
Air Marshal Phil Osborn has recently retired from the Royal Air Force after some 37 years of service. Most recently, he was Chief of Defence Intelligence, and as such was at the heart of national security decision making, strategic intelligence provision, and national offensive cyber capability. Previously, he commanded No 2 Group, one of the two operational Royal Air Force Groups, led the extensive Joint Forces capability portfolio, and led the design and development of the Royal Air Force's combat air capability. He served operationally as a Tornado navigator, commanded XIII Squadron Tornado, and was the Station Commander of Royal Air Force Marham. Other than the Royal Air Force and aviation, his guilty pleasure is rugby, specifically supporting Royal Air Force Rugby after 3 years as President. Phil is excited to be joining the Charitable Trust, allowing him to continue to support the Royal Air Force and its people, today and into the future.



Lady Delia Thornton
Lady (Delia) Thornton
LLB (Hons) Barrister at Law Trustee

Delia is a practising Family Law Barrister at St John's Chambers Bristol. Prior to moving to Law as a profession, Delia was a nurse and midwife and spent 8 years serving in the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant midwife and Aeromedical Evacuation Nursing Officer. She played an active role in the Aeromedical Evacuation of the injured during the Falklands War and led the first Aeromed team to land at Port Stanley. Delia has also held positions on the main grants committees of both SSAFA and the RAFBF.




Stephen Oldfield 
Trustee

 

By joining the RAF Charitable Trust as a Trustee and also the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises Company as a Director in 2021 Stephen brings his significant experience of supporting businesses through significant financial and operational change. He was asked to join the two Boards to assist the Trust and the Company manage the impact of Covid 19. Stephen was until 2020 apracticing advisory partner with an international accounting and consulting firm, focused on mid market companies and SMEs. His career has included working in Houston USA and more latterly in Central and Eastern Europe based out of Warsaw when he was Chair of the Latvian Foreign Investors Council for a three year term . He now acts as a Board advisor to a number of organisations across various sectors including European agribusiness, global online retailand public sector consultancy work in Latvia. Stephen has a strong interest in supporting education, particularly STE(A)M, and is a long-serving Governor at Greshams School in Norfolk and a director of the Agri-educational ClanTrust.

 


Ian Beresford MBE FRAeS FIoD CEng CDir
Trustee

Ian is Group Functional Director Technical with the QinetiQ Group. He is the head of profession for QinetiQ's Engineering, Science and Technical (EST) community and holds responsibility for Technical Assurance, including Aviation Assurance within QinetiQ. In addition, he also oversees the QinetiQ Health, Safety, and Environment Directorate. He joined QinetiQ in 2006. Ian started his career as an Aircraft Engineering Apprentice in the RAF, and served as an aircraft technician, prior to being commissioned as an Aircraft Engineering Officer. He completed 22 years' service with the RAF. On leaving the RAF he became the Business Unit Director of 2 large Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organisations, where he drove a business change initiative using LEAN methodology. In addition to his engineering qualifications, Ian is a Chartered Director and a qualified Executive Coach. He is passionate about STEM outreach and developing high performing teams and is committed to helping individuals attain their full potential.


Peter Brown MBE BSc (Hons)
Trustee

Peter is a Partner at PwC where he is the Global lead for its People & Organisation Management Consulting business. He joined PwC in 2010 from Accenture. Peter served as an RAF Officer from 1989-2001 having been an RAF sponsored cadet at Exeter University. His postings included RAF Brize Norton, RAF Sek Kong, HQ British Forces Cyprus, RAF Staff College Bracknell and RAF Akrotiri. He also undertook two tours in MoD London as Staff Officer to 2 successive Chiefs of Air Staff. As well as being a Trustee of the RAF Charitable Trust, he is an Honorary Group Captain in No 601 (City of London) Sqn, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and is an Ambassador for the RAF Museum. Peter is married to a retired Army midwife and they have 3 children.




Lady (Kate) Wigston LLB BA
Trustee
Joining the RAF Charitable Trust as a Trustee in 2016, Kate brings her experience of being married to a serving RAF officer, with the rewards and challenges for their family of numerous postings in the UK and abroad in Cyprus and Germany. Kate is a practicing litigation solicitor with an international law firm, specialising in larger value personal injury cases. Growing up and attending University in Australia, Kate qualified as a lawyer and practiced in Sydney and London before moving permanently to the UK in 1994. Kate also sits on the Main Grants Committee of the RAF Benevolent Fund.





Felicity Chadwick-Histed
Trustee

Felicity Chadwick-Histed brings to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust board her experience from a career in income generation and marketing in both the corporate and charity sectors. Felicity grew up with tales of her Grandfather's experience as an MC-winning Royal Flying Corps pilot in World War 1, and his decades in the RAF thereafter, and of her Great Uncle who was lost in 1943 when a Flight Engineer in a Halifax. It is because of this, and recent connections with London Wing's Air Cadets, that supporting the RAF community is important to Felicity, especially those in need plus the young people and Cadets who will form the RAF's future. She has 25 years charity board governance experience, 30 years working in income generation and fundraising in both commercial and charitable organisations; plus experience of founding and running companies and charities. Extra RAF connections come through Felicity's extensive City of London network, where she is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers. Felicity is delighted to be joining the Board, and looks forward hugely to contributing through the RAFCT to help the Trust promote, support and encourage future young people to achieve their potential through the charity's work.


Raj Mody MA FIA
Trustee


Raj Mody is an actuary and a Partner at PwC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and advises major companies and trustee boards on strategic, financial and risk issues relating to their pension funds, heading up that business area globally. He is also responsible for leading the firm's people advisory services to clients in government and health industries. Raj has had a passionate interest in aviation-related matters and STEM throughout his life. He spent time in the RAF Combined Cadet Force reaching Warrant Officer. He graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, with a special interest in fluid dynamics. While his career has been in professional services, he maintains a private pilot's licence as a hobby, flying Robinson R44 helicopters. Raj has served on a number of boards in both executive and non-executive capacities, and chairs our Group's Finance, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. He is married to an NHS doctor and they have two school-age children.

Julian Young
Air Marshal Sir Julian Young KBE CB FREng BSc MA MSc MDA CEng FIET FRAeS CMgr CCMI HonFAPM


Air Marshal Sir Julian Young served for 40 years in the RAF as an Engineer Officer. He held a variety of appointments in maintenance, logistics, training and policy. His final appointment was as Director General Air in MOD Defence Equipment & Support, where he was also a member of the Air Force Board and the RAF's Chief Engineer. For his last 5 years of Service, he was the MOD's Defence Engineering Champion and promoted STEM outreach activity for youngsters and professional registration for all the Armed Forces Engineers and Technicians. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours List 2020. Sir Julian has been associated with the Royal International Air Tattoo for several years, becoming a Vice President of the Charitable Trust in 2011, a Vice Patron in 2016 and a Trustee in 2020.

Justine Morton
Group Captain Justine Morton OBE
Director of & Secretary to the Trust

Justine Morton is the Director of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. A former Royal Air Force Group Captain and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development she has extensive experience of HR, leadership and senior management positions. Additionally, she has worked in the charity sector for a decade where she has held various Trustee and Chair roles.



Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Supporters


Patron of the Trust
HRH The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC

Honorary Vice Patrons
Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire KBE CB FRAeS
HRH Lieutenant General Prince Feisal of Jordan
Sir David Jason OBE
Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson KCB CBE FREng CEng FIET
Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Knight KCB AFC FRAeS FRGS
Tim Prince OBE FRAeS

Ambassadors
Amanda Butcher MBE BSc
Air Vice-Marshal Simon Ellard CB MBA MSc MA BSc (Hons) FRAeS CEng RAF
Air Marshal Ian Gale MBE RAF
Air Marshal Sir Rich Knighton KCB RAF
Air Vice-Marshal Suraya Marshall CBE MA LLB RAF
Air Marshal Sir Gerry Mayhew KCB CBE RAF
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt
Jo Salter MBE
Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth CB OBE DFC MA RAF
Air Marshal Andy Turner CB CBE MA MSc BA FRAeS CCMI
Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO OBE DL BSc FRAeS MCIPD
Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston KCB CBE ADC RAF

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