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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
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.

Andy Sudlow
Air Commodore Andy Sudlow MBE BSc (Hons) FCMI
Andy Sudlow served in the Royal Air Force for 32 years as a pilot. He was a Qualified Weapons Instructor and a Qualified Flying Instructor and has flown the Jaguar, F-16 and Tucano aircraft. His last appointment was Director of Flying Training and he maintains an active interest in aviation as a volunteer pilot for the Air Cadet Organisation. Other appointments have included the Ministry of Defence, the UK Joint HQ, command of the Expeditionary Air Wing in Afghanistan and an exchange with the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Ian Beresford MBE FRAeS FIoD CEng CDir
Ian is Group Director Engineering & Operations 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 Safety, Assurance and Sustainability function. 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)
Peter is a Partner at PwC where he leads the People & Organisation HR Management Consulting practice. He joined PwC in 2010 from Accenture. Peter served as an RAF Education & Training 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 did two tours as Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff. Peter is married to a retired Army midwife and they have 2 young children.

Lady (Kate) Wigston LLB BA
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.

Stephen Barrett
Brought up within the RAF family, Stephen's hopes of a career piloting fast jets were dashed by myopia. So, after university and college, he qualified as a solicitor and practised at two major law firms as a corporate and capital markets specialist. From the law he moved into investment banking as a deal advisor and originator, initially managing and then leading merger and acquisition, public securities offering and restructuring transactions. He subsequently joined a professional services consultancy and chaired the firm's international corporate finance business, developed its risk management function and led client service delivery to key global accounts. Latterly he has assumed a number of board advisory and non-executive roles, including with the Civil Nuclear Police Authority, FCO Services, Ministry of Defence, National Cyber Security Programme, National Fraud Authority, Serious Organised Crime Agency and Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He also served for nine years as a Royal Air Force non-executive director and member of the Air Force Board.

Felicity Chadwick-Histed
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's 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 RAF CT to help the Trust promote, support and encourage future young people to achieve their potential through the charity's work.

Raj Mody MA FIA

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 actuarial, financial and risk issues relating to their pension funds, chairing that business area globally. He has an additional responsibility leading the firm's people-related 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 Cadet 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 has maintained an active private pilot's licence as a hobby, flying Robinson R44 helicopters. Raj's board and non-executive experience includes a current role as strategic adviser to the board of a technology company, and he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries. He is married to an NHS doctor and they have two school-age children.

Julian Young
Air Marshal Sir Juilian 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 and an Engineering Officer. He held a variety of appointments in maintenance, logistics, training and policy. His final appointment was as Chief of Materiel (Air) in MOD Defence Equipment & Support and a member of the Air Force Board and Chief Engineer (RAF). For his last 5 years of Service he also 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 as Companion of the Honorable Order of the Bath in the New Year's Honours List 2013 and a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours List 2020. Sir Julian as 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 a recently retired Royal Air Force Group Captain who has had extensive experience in the world of personnel in both command, staff, joint and single service appointments. She also brings experience to the Director role from chairing a board of trustees for a leading autism charity.

Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Supporters

Patron of the Trust

Vice Patrons
Air Marshal Sir Timo Anderson KCB DSO MA FRAeS
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt RAF
Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO OBE DL BSc FRAeS MCIPD
Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston KCB CBE ADC RAF

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
Mr Tim Prince OBE FRAeS

Vice Presidents of the Royal International Air Tattoo
Ms Amanda Butcher MBE BSc
Air Vice-Marshal Simon Ellard MBA MSc MA BSc (Hons) FRAeS CEng RAF
Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gale MBE RAF
Air Marshal Rich Knighton CB RAF
Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew CBE RAF
Air Marshal Andy Turner CB CBE MA MSc BA FRAeS CCMI RAF

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