“Without doubt, networking is vital for a successful transition”

David Picton shares his career journey from RAF officer to Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England. Can you give me an overview of your military career? I served as an RAF officer for 20 years – starting out with sponsorship through my A-levels and degree (as a university cadet), before joining […]

2nd November 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Military Inter-Services Triathlon

Elite teams from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF battled through scorching weather to compete in the annual OA Inter-Services Triathlon at Cotswold Water Park yesterday Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41 km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10 km run. The high temperatures provided additional challenges. […]

26th July 2018

OA Awards Prize to RAF Cadet for Outstanding Charity Work

OA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee Holloway, was delighted to present Flying Officer Carla Robinson with the charity award at RAF Cranwell’s Graduation Dining-In Night on Friday 4th May 2018. The OA provides the ‘Work in the Community’ award in recognition of the work carried out by cadets supporting a charitable cause, whilst undergoing officer training […]

17th May 2018

RAF Team Completes Challenging New Zealand Race

The OA sponsored team of RAF Officers has finished the tough adventure. The team comprised of four RAF officers: Squadron Leader Jamie Buckle, Squadron Leader Penny Grayson, Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butterfield and Flight Lieutenant Laura Frowen. They entered the race as part of the RAF centenary celebrations, and their team number was 100. The GODZone […]

19th March 2018

RAF Team Begins New Zealand Race

The OA sponsored team of RAF Officers has started the 10 day adventure. The team comprises of four RAF officers: Squadron Leader Jamie Buckle, Squadron Leader Penny Grayson, Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butterfield and Flight Lieutenant Laura Frowen. They entered the race as part of the RAF centenary celebrations, and their team number is 100. The […]

1st March 2018

OA Sponsors RAF Officers in Extreme New Zealand Race

RAF officers will compete in one of the toughest adventure races in the world. Four RAF officers have entered the GODZone Adventure Race as part of its centenary celebrations, being formed towards the end of the First World War on 1st April 1918. In recognition of the occasion, the race organisers decided that the team […]

1st February 2018

Finding a Flexible Approach to Work after Service Life, by Harriet Rogers

Harriet Rogers shares her story about wanting a new career that is more flexible and not office based. It was during my career transition workshop, run via CTP, that panic began to set in. My fellow officers announced their chosen industries to work in after leaving the military – Project Management, Consultancy, Defence Sales, Finance […]

9th August 2017

Officers’ Association Sponsors Inter-Services Triathlon

The Officers’ Association (OA) is proud to sponsor the OA Inter-Services Triathlon for a second, consecutive year. Organised this year by the RAF Triathlon Association, the Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event in the end of July. There are individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition to […]

6th July 2017

Transition Story: Networking and helping others along the way

Sophy Gardner served in the Royal Air Force for 20 years. Having made the decision to leave in 2011, she started her own business and has since worked on a variety of contracts, mainly with military charities, such as on the Bomber Command Memorial Project, doing PR, media and communications.Alongside running her own business, she […]

23rd September 2016