Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Controller, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been appointed the new Controller (Chief Executive position) of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity.
David served in the RAF for 33 years and has spent the last four years as Controller at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Under his leadership, SSAFA has conducted a comprehensive modernisation programme, increased the number of beneficiaries by more than 10,000, and introduced a number of new welfare services.
His last tour of duty in the RAF was in the Ministry of Defence as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel and Training) where he provided strategic level world-wide welfare support to serving RAF personnel and their families.
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray said: "I am very honoured to have been given this opportunity to lead the RAF Benevolent Fund, an organisation that I have worked with and admired for many years. The RAF is clearly close to my heart and I am looking forward to carrying on the excellent work that Chris has been undertaking to support those members of the RAF Family who find themselves in need."
David will take over the position in September from Air Marshal Chris Nickols, who has decided to leave the charity after four years. Chris joined the RAF Benevolent Fund after 35 years service in the Royal Air Force. A fast-jet pilot for many years, his last position in the RAF was as Chief of Defence Intelligence.
As Controller, Chris oversaw the first ever major report into the size, profile and needs of the RAF family and has been responsible for the introduction of a range of new welfare services and partnerships to meet today’s needs in the RAF family.
Air Marshal Chris Nickols said: "My years at the RAF Benevolent Fund have been tremendously rewarding. Over the past four years we have financially repositioned the charity to meet the growing needs of the RAF family, expanded our welfare offerings and partnerships to provide additional vital services, and continued to serve the entire RAF family, from the youngest children on RAF stations to our oldest veteran. It has been a privilege to lead the charity and I am delighted to welcome David as the next Controller."