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Lawrie Haynes (Chairman)

Lawrie Haynes

In May of 2013 Lawrie Haynes was appointed President - Marine and Nuclear at Rolls-Royce plc taking on the leadership of both the RR Marine and Nuclear businesses.

Lawrie joined Rolls-Royce on 1 February 2009 in the new role of President - Nuclear, with responsibility for both civil and defence nuclear. Lawrie was previously at White Young Green plc where he was CEO.

Prior to that, he was CEO at British Nuclear Group and a main board director of BNFL plc.

He has extensive experience in the aerospace and telecommunications sectors and in the public sector. He worked for five years as Chief Executive of the Highways Agency. Lawrie is a Non-Exec Director at Network Rail and was Chairman of the Safety Committee until July 2013.

He joined the RAF as an apprentice at the No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton in 1969 and served for nine years, mostly on 41(F) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby. Lawrie has a degree in Business Law and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering in 2011 from Heriot Watt University. He was appointed as a trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund from 2005 to 2012 where he was a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Pension and Remuneration Committees.

Frances Brindle

Frances Brindle is a marketing and communications specialist who has worked across a range of sectors and industries, most recently as Director of Audiences at the British Library where she is a member of the executive team with responsibilities that include fundraising and commercial revenue. Prior to joining the library she was Global Marketing Director at the Financial Times and has held a variety of senior roles in other organisations. She has a Master’s degree in Virology from Oxford University. Both her parents were in the RAF during the Second World War, her father in Bomber Command and her mother was an officer in the WAAF. She was a member of the RAF Benevolent Fund Development Group before becoming a trustee and is now a member of the Marketing and Fundraising Committee.

David Cheyne

David Cheyne is a lawyer with over 40 years experience in corporate and financial transactions and a former Senior Partner of Linklaters until he retired in 2011. Since then he has been Vice Chairman, Europe, Middle East and Asia, at Moelis and a consultant to other organisations. He has a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed a trustee in 2014.

Stephen Critchley

Stephen Critchley is a Chartered Accountant and recently retired as Chief Finance Officer of Transport for London. Previously, he had a wide-ranging career in the accountancy profession, latterly as a partner in PwC. He has a doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University. His father served in Bomber Command during World War II. Stephen was appointed a trustee in 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Air Vice-Marshal Simon Dougherty

Air Vice-Marshal Simon Dougherty joined the Royal Air Force in 1969 as a Medical Cadet whilst reading medicine at The London Hospital Medical College. He enjoyed a full career as a Royal Air Force Medical Officer, with initial training in general practice and aviation medicine and subsequent higher professional training in occupational medicine.

Concurrently with his normal Service appointments, he held the personal chair of Taylor Professor of Occupational Medicine and was appointed Consultant Adviser in Occupational Medicine to the RAF. He commanded two Royal Air Force hospitals and one Royal Air Force Institute prior to undertaking a series of higher medical management appointments with delivery, policy and governance responsibilities culminating with his final appointment of four years as Director-General Medical Services (RAF).

He retired in 2009. He was appointed as Honorary Air Commodore No 4626 (County of Wiltshire) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 2009. He is involved with a number of charities. He became a member of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Main Grants Committee in 2010 and was appointed as a trustee of the Fund in 2012. He is Chairman of the Welfare Committee and Chairman of the Main Grants Committee.

Arabella Hastie

Arabella Hastie is a management consultant specialising in brand and business strategy at Circus. She was previously employed at the BBC as Head of Strategy and Planning within the Marketing, Communications and Audiences Division and has worked in a variety of senior marketing roles since graduating with a Master's degree in Theology from Oxford University in 1995. She grew up on RAF bases across the UK due to her father's career as an RAF engineer. She is Chair of the Fundraising and Communications Committee.

Alastair Irvine

Alastair Irvine has 30 years' experience in the financial services industry. He has been a top rated equity analyst, as a Managing Director was deputy Head of Merrill Lynch's equity research department for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and latterly was a Partner with Triple Point LLP, investment managers. He is now a member of the investment team at Jupiter Fund Management plc. Alastair is Chairman of Trustees of Meningitis Now. He was appointed a trustee in 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Tony Lea

Tony Lea is the retired CFO of Anglo American plc, and his father served in the RAF. He holds a First Class Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and has extensive experience fundraising for a variety of charities. He is a Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Air Commodore Alan Opie

Air Commodore Alan Opie is a serving officer in the RAF. His current appointment is Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel Policy at Headquarters Air Command with responsibility for personnel strategy and policy, personal casework, community support, pay and allowances and the management of the RAF Reserves. He has had a wide-ranging and active RAF career encompassing personnel support, infrastructure management and information systems. Alan was appointed a trustee in August 2013 and is also a member of the RAF Association Central Council and a trustee of the RAF Central Fund and the RC Bishopric of the Forces. Alan is married to Carolyn and lives in Hertfordshire.

Wing Commander Marie-Noelle Orzel OBE QVRM

Marie-Noelle Orzel trained as a nurse in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS). Her nursing expertise is in accident and emergency and children's nursing and she has worked in clinical and academic settings. She joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) in 1988 was commissioned from the ranks whilst deployed in support of Operation Granby in 1991. She is still a serving reservist and following deployment in 2003 in support of Operation Telic she was appointed OC of 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Her current reservist post is as the UK Vice President to the the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR) an organization committed to the professional development of Reservists and aligned to NATO.

In her civilian role, she works as an Improvement Director for the NHS Trust Development Authority. Previously she worked at North Bristol NHS Trust initially as Director of Nursing and subsequently as the CEO. She has completed a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and a Post graduate Diploma in Management & Leadership and was awarded the OBE for service to the NHS and Nursing in 2005 and the QVRM for services to the Reserve Forces in 2013. She was appointed a trustee in 2014 and is a member of the Welfare Committee.

Air Commodore Allan Vaughan OBE

Air Commodore Allan Vaughan currently is employed with ISS Facility Services, as a Defence Director. Having left the RAF 1999, he has been employed as a Managing Director with NAAFI, an Executive Director with Compass Group, and has run his own consultancy. He is a Life Vice President of RAFA and a Town Councillor for Whitchurch Hampshire where he currently lives with his wife Beverly. He is a member of the Fundraising and Communications Committee.

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