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DATE Wednesday 05th May 2021
Leading in Defence - The Royal Air Force in 2021
TLC’s association with the Royal Air Force goes back to 2011 when Sir Andrew Pulford (Sir Mike's predecessor x2) attended one of the early London meetings. Since then, TLC have enjoyed a very close relationship including an exceptional weekend visit to RAF College Cranwell in May 2012 by members and guests with a wonderful dinner.
Maintaining this link means TLC are privileged to have the current CAS as speaker for their 175th event (and 44th TLC Zoom).
About Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston:
Sir Mike was appointed Chief of the Air Staff on 26 July 2019. Commissioned on a University Cadetship in 1986, he completed his pilot training on the Tornado GR1 in 1992 followed by a succession of frontline tours, including operational deployments enforcing the no-fly zones in Iraq. Appointments in operational headquarters have included Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar, as the Chief of Combat Operations in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre; Basrah International Airport, Iraq as Commander 903 Expeditionary Air Wing; and one year in Afghanistan as the Director Air Operations in Headquarters ISAF Joint Command.
Staff appointments in the MOD have included the Operations Directorate and the predecessor to what is now Military Strategic Effects. In 2013, after a short spell as the Tornado Force Commander, he became the Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff. In January 2015, he was appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and Commander British Forces Cyprus, responsible for the civil governance of the Sovereign Base Areas and command of British forces based permanently in Cyprus.
Senior Royal Air Force appointments have included Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force, and oversight of the RAF100 centenary programme. Prior to becoming Chief of the Air Staff, he was Deputy Commander Capability, responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of all aspects of Royal Air Force capability including people, equipment, infrastructure and training.
This virtual event is free of charge to OA Registrants and The Leaders Club (TLC) Members. Registrations close Monday 3rd May and places are limited.
By registering you agree to your name and email being shared with TLC. Zoom login details will be sent to registrants a few days before the event.
At The Leaders Club (TLC), their motto is ‘Bringing Great Minds Together’, and their vision is to inspire each other with inspiring speakers at inspiring venues. We have agreed with TLC that serving and former officers registered with the OA are able to buy tickets at TLC members prices.
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