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b: 23 Apr 1944
23 Apr 1996
d: 9 Aug 2007
d: 9 Aug 2007
- 1 May 2004 (Conferred 9 Jun 2004), KCB
- 11 Jun 1994 (CB - 31
Dec 1991), MA (St
Catherine’s Coll, Oxford)-
1967 (BA –1965), MPhil (Magdalene
College, Cambridge) – 1982, FRAeS
FRUSI - 1996, FCGI - 2003, LoH - xx Jul 2003, Hon Fellow, St Catherine’s
- 1996, FCGI - 2003, LoH - xx Jul 2003, Hon Fellow, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
For a list of foreign decoration abbreviations,
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Plt Off: 22 Sep 1963, Plt Off: 15
July 1965 [23 Oct 1963], Fg Off: 16
Jan 1966 [23 Apr 1964], Flt Lt:
23 Oct 1966, Sqn Ldr: 1
Jul 1973, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1979, Act
Gp Capt: 1 Aug 1982, Gp Capt: 1
Jul 1984, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1989, AVM:
1 Jan 1991, AM: 21 Mar 1994.
22 Sep 1963: Appointed to a Permanent Commission (General List)
Pilot, No 3 Sqn. Laarbruch
Attended Central Flying School. Little Rissington
QFI 3 FTS Leeming ;
Sqn Cdr 1 FTS Linton-on-Ouse
Attended Army Staff College - Camberley.
PSO to Air Member for Personnel.
Officer Commanding, No 50 Sqn.
Attended Magdalene College, Cambridge
Director of Defence Studies, Bracknell.
Officer Commanding, RAF Odiham.
Deputy Director, Defence Programmes.
Director of Air Force Staff
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes).
Commandant, Royal College of Defence Studies.
was educated at King’s School Worcester from where he went on to St
Catherine’s College, Oxford to read Physics. He joined the RAF on a University
Cadetship during his second year at Oxford. Having completed his flying
training, he joined No 3 Sqn at Laarbruch in Germany at that time flying the
Canberra B(I) 8 in the tactical nuclear role.
Returning from Germany, he attended the CFS, and was a flying
instructor and flying training squadron commander on the Jet Provost, prior to
attending the Army Staff course at Camberley.
returned to an operational flying post following a spell as PSO to the Air
Member for Personnel as OC, No 50 Squadron.
This unit was one of the last to fly the Vulcan from its base at
then spent a year at Magdalene College Cambridge taking a postgraduate degree in
International Relations before taking up his appointment as Director of Defence
Studies for the RAF. From there he undertook rotary training before assuming
command of RAF Odiham, where he flew Chinook and Puma helicopters.
In 1987 he returned to the MOD for a succession of posts in the Central Programmes area and on the air staff. He served on the Air Force Board as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff before being appointed Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes). His final post before taking early retirement was as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was subsequently Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, and then became a Professor at the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London. He was made a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators in 1997. Appointed to a Peerage on June 2004, he sat in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat Peer and from May 2005 was their Defence Spokesman in the House of Lords. In 2007, he developed an incurable cancer and died a few weeks later.
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