Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading welfare charity, will retire in July this year. Sir Robert is succeeded by Air Marshal Chris Nickols, until recently Chief of Defence Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence.
Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright leaves after five years at the charity.
In this time he has overseen the introduction of a new charitable object, the renovation of the RAFBF headquarters in London and the highly successful development of the charity's £24 million Airplay Youth Support Project for children and young people in RAF families.
Air Marshal Nickols joins the RAF Benevolent Fund after 35 years service in the Royal Air Force.
He flew Jaguars in Germany for nine years and among other positions was Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) and Chief of Defence Intelligence.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has also appointed a new Chief of Staff. Wing Commander Ernie Bohm leaves the position in April after 14 years at the charity, to be replaced by Group Captain Mike Neville.
Group Captain Neville is leaving the Royal Air Force after 26 years service, which included time as Station Commander at RAF Lyneham.