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Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE

David Murray

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray served in the RAF for 33 years. His last tour of duty was in MOD as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel and Training), where he provided strategic level worldwide welfare support to serving personnel and their families. He also led UK government liaison with military charities and veterans' organisations and he represented the UK on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

In addition, he was responsible for organising national ceremonial and commemorative events as well as the Armed Forces' relationship with HM The Queen. In the latter role, he was appointed as a senior member of the Royal Household.

During his RAF career, he commanded RAF Halton, Winchester Garrison, Worthy Down Station and the Defence College of Police and Personnel Administration. His operational experience was gained in the Falkland Islands, in Sierra Leone and on UN peacekeeping duties in Bosnia. He also served extensively throughout Africa as well as tours of duty in Australia, Cyprus and Germany.

On leaving the RAF in 2012, he became Controller/CEO of SSAFA. After four years in that role, in September 2016 he was appointed as Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading welfare charity supporting past and present members of the RAF and their families.


Chief of Staff/Director Governance

Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins served in the RAF for 28 years. A logistics specialist by background, he has served predominantly in a range of tri-Service strategic, operational and command appointments in the UK and overseas; the culmination of his command experience was as the twin-hatted Station Commander RAF Wittering/RAF Logistics Force Commander.

His wide operational experience includes service with the United Nations missions in Angola and Rwanda, and multiple tours of duty in the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

On leaving the RAF in 2015 as an Air Commodore, he became a Programme Delivery Director in PwC's management consultancy practice where he was responsible for the leadership of a range of major transformation programmes in the public and private sectors – he was appointed to the role of Chief of Staff/Director Governance for the RAF Benevolent Fund in May 2017.

To contact Paul please email his EA, sophie.gomez-sarabia@rafbf.org.uk.


Director of Welfare and Policy

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon

Paul Hughesdon

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon served in the RAF for 26 years. He provided personnel support to the RAF's frontline in the UK and overseas, culminating in command of RAF Uxbridge, before going on to lead Personnel Policy across the RAF, often on a tri-Service basis with the Royal Navy and Army.

Paul was the RAF's nominated trustee for many charities, including the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Central Fund and St Clement Danes. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2005.

Paul left the RAF in 2009 for his current role as the Director of Welfare and Policy, since when he has overseen the expansion of the range and depth of the support that the Fund provides to all members of the RAF Family, whether serving or retired.

The provision of financial support remains an important part of the Fund's work, but under Paul's leadership and following appropriate research, the range of our grants and now services, the latter often delivered through partnerships, have grown considerably. Where sensible, he has also overseen the integration of other charities into the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Paul has been and remains a trustee of a number of organisations including the MacRobert Trust and the Headley Court Charity. He is a member of a City of London Livery Company and a broken marathon runner!

To contact Paul please email his EA, loretta.allen@rafbf.org.uk.


Director of Finance

Victoria Fakehinde

Victoria Fakehinde

Victoria has over 20 years experience in the charity sector and has held senior roles in a number of organisations including Education, Medical research, Health and International development charities.

Victoria joined the RAF Benevolent Fund in December 2013.

To contact Victoria please email her EA, elizabeth.haigh@rafbf.org.uk.


Director of Fundraising and Communications

John Trampleasure

John Trampleasure

John has worked at Director level in a range of national and international charities raising money and building profile for issues including homelessness, sustainable development, animal welfare and, most recently, children with complex autism.

John joined the RAF Benevolent Fund in October 2017.

To contact John please email his EA, elizabeth.haigh@rafbf.org.uk.

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