Stuart served in the RAF for 16 years, and he's no stranger to the third sector. After taking part in committees and fundraising events, he joins the Fund as Social Engagement Work (SEW) at RAF Leeming.
After attending sixth form to obtain his A' levels and spending a few years working various jobs including summer camps, Stuart Gray joined the Royal Air Force at the tender age of 20 in 1996.
His primary role as an Eng. Tech El, meant he worked all over the world in places such as Italy, Gibraltar, Africa and Saudi Arabia supporting airfield navigation aids, such as radars, communication and IT systems.
Throughout his career he spent a lot of time volunteering for good causes including being a member of RAF Gibraltar Entertainment's committee, taking part in charity fundraising events to raise money for RAF Charities and taking part in a RAF, DVLA joint venture with the Princess Trust to provide a week's holiday in Wales for under privileged children.
In his last three years within the RAF he worked within the careers services as a Motivational Outreach Worker to raise awareness of career opportunities in the RAF mainly through team building activities and monitoring within schools, colleges and youth groups.
Unfortunately, after 16 years, Stuart was medically discharged from the RAF in 2012. This life changing experience gave him the chance to explore alternative job opportunities to support others.
Since leaving the RAF, he's worked for a private training company teaching a variety of qualifications, developed and delivered a Digital Inclusion project for York Housing Association supporting the residents of York in gaining access and the financial benefits of going online and worked for the RAF Association supporting members.
Stuart's brother and his partners' daughter are both still serving in the RAF, and, as a veteran, Stuart is both passionate and excited about the role of the SEWs whilst looking forward to continuing to support the RAF family.
Stuart hope his experiences and sense of 'humour' will drive this new project forward with all those at RAF Leeming, to build an inclusive and enjoyable social network.