Region Staff

Senior Staff Officer (SSO)

Wing Commander David Miller MBE GCGI RAFAC

I joined the ATC with 759 (Beccles) Squadron as a cadet in 1975 and progressed through each of the cadet ranks to eventually become a Cadet Warrant Officer. As a cadet I was a keen sportsman and marksmen representing both the Wing and Region at football and athletics. I gained a Gliding scholarship and went solo, flying the newly introduced motorised glider the Venture.

Commissioned in 1981, I served at 759 Squadron as the Adjutant with adventure training and shooting responsibilities. In 1991 I was selected and promoted to Flight Lieutenant and became the unit’s Commanding Officer. In March 1993, together with the Queens Colour Squadron (and several days of sword drill!) and units from Beds and Cambs, and Norfolk and Suffolk Wings, I had the honour to command the ATC contingent at the Royal Review held at RAF Marham to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. That was a great highlight for me. During my Command period the Squadron was chosen to represent the Wing four times in the national Lees trophy competition for the most efficient Squadron in the Corps, achieving the Regional nomination in 2000 and achieving a third place in the Corps – we were a small team and I was fortunate to have such a committed group; this was my first great team.

After a total of 25 years with Beccles Squadron and on promotion to Squadron Leader I was appointed to a Wing Staff post where I served as a Sector commander and as the Wing Training Officer overseeing the Wings DofE, BTEC, Adventure Training and shooting responsibilities. In 2007 I became Deputy OC Wing before being asked to command the Wing in July 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed this time working within what was for me a second great team and with and for people during a time of considerable change for the Corps.

Having commanded the Wing since 2010, there have been many changes and to be honest the Corps I joined is very different to the one available now. The breadth of opportunities and skills is vast and there is something for everyone. I am now in my third great team with a wonderful group of volunteers who give so much and are driven to get and deliver the most for the cadets.

I remain keen on adventure training, the Duke of Edinburgh award and shooting holding qualifications in each discipline. My other interests include, skiing, motor racing, hill walking and learning to play golf (currently badly). I am married to Sonia with grown up children; Matthew – a police officer who is also a serving RAFAC Officer and Megan who is employed by one of the cruise lines and is currently working in the Caribbean.

Regional Chairman

Mr David Ellis GCGI

Born in Norwich, I loved my time as an Air Cadet with 231 Sqn and joined the Royal Air Force as a Halton Apprentice in 1966.  I retired in 2004 after 39 years as an aircraft engineer, serving both at home & abroad, during which time I qualified as a health & safety manager and quality auditor.  In recognition of knowledge gained & the skill demonstrated throughout my career I hold a Graduateship in Leadership & Management with the City & Guilds Institute and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

I have been volunteering in Peterborough since settling in Glinton with my family in 1990 whilst serving at Royal Air Force Wittering.

Volunteering firstly, with 115 (Peterborough) Squadron, Air Training Corps joining in 1992 as a trustee, then taking on the role of committee secretary 1995 and becoming chairman in 1996, a post I still retain.  I was elected as chairman for Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing in 2002 and am responsible for the monitoring, mentoring and the delivery of trustee training for 30 Squadron trustee committees throughout both counties including some in adjoining Lincolnshire and Suffolk.  I was also a Council Member/Trustee & Deputy Chairman for Central & Eastern Region Royal Air Force Air Cadets, before becoming Chairman of Central & Eastern Region in 2021.  In recognition of this contribution in 2020 I was the inaugural winner of the Ian Todd Trophy.  Even after 29 years I still get a thrill from watching youngsters flourishing, gaining life skills and growing into good citizens before going on to enjoy varied career paths.

Away from volunteering I enjoy travel and have visited more than 40 countries.  I enjoyed playing rugby and have managed RAF rugby teams touring Canada, the USA and New Zealand.  In 2004 I was recognised by the Rugby Football Union as a ‘Valued Volunteer’ in a presentation at Twickenham and am a Vice President of both the RAF Rugby Union, where I am a committee member, & Deepings Rugby Club. 

Along with my wife Brenda we enjoy time with Ralph, our rescue Staffie, married son who is an Army helicopter pilot, our daughter who is a pharmacy technician and 3 grandchildren.

Regional Chaplain

Canon Ron Tuck 

Hello, I’m Ron Tuck. I was born in Hackney in1947 and left school in 1964 to become a telecommunications apprentice with the GPO. After nearly 14 years with the GPO I was ordained and left to become a full time Church of England curate in north London. In 1981 we moved to three small rural parishes in Norfolk. This was followed seven years later with a move to Bradwell, just outside Great Yarmouth.

It was at Bradwell that I first became involved with the ATC, where I was invited to become chaplain to 221 Great Yarmouth squadron, a squadron that had been without a chaplain for five years. That was in 1994 and I have enjoyed, and still enjoy, my involvement with the squadron. In 2003 I was appointed Wing Chaplain for Norfolk & Suffolk Wing. Knowing that I was going to retire from parochial ministry in June 2012 I agreed to being appointed Regional Chaplain for Central & East Region in May 2011.

Since retiring we have now moved over the border to Suffolk and live in the market town of Beccles.

I am married to Fran. We have been married for 47 years, have four children, 9 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Regional Aviation Officer (RAvnO)

Wing Commander Tony Wright RAFAC

Wing Commander Tony Wright joined us from Trent Wing, having just stepped down as Officer Commanding for the Wing. He originally joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet with 303 (Retford) Detached Flight, before starting his career as an Adult Volunteer in 1981 at 1260 (Newark and District) Squadron.

In 1991 Tony became Officer Commanding at 1260 Squadron, where he remained until 1995. During his time at 1260 Squadron, also took on additional Wing duties as well as continuing to ensure that the Squadron thrived. In 1994 the Squadron achieved the highest number of Gliding Scholarships across the Wing.

From 1260 Squadron, Tony progressed to become a Wing Staff Officer, taking on responsibility for 8 Squadrons as well as a number of additional duties – Trustee of the Ralph Reid-Buckle Flying Bursary that has sponsored 65 cadets to solo gliding proficiency, Wing DofE Officer, Wing Training Officer, Wing Standards and Policy Officer, Wing Ceremonial Officer, Wing Camp Commandant, Wing Staff Development Officer, Wing Millennium Volunteers Officer, Deputy Wing Commander (2006 – 2009)

In 2009 Tony was promoted to Wing Commander and took over as Officer Commanding Trent Wing. During the course of his Air Cadet career, he has received a number of Awards and Honours – including receiving the Commandant’s Commendation in 1991 and the Chief of the Air Staff’s Commendation in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours.

Regional Training Officer (RTO)

Squadron Leader Mike Eckersley RAFAC

Squadron Leader Mike Eckersley joined us from Trent Wing, where he previously was Commanding Officer 2292 (Market Rasen) Squadron. He originally joined the Air Training Corps as a cadet in 1981, before starting his career as an Adult Volunteer in 1989.

A number of roles within what was then East Cheshire & South Manchester Wing ensued, including Commanding Officer of 284 (Cheadle & Gately) Squadron, Wing Duke of Edinburgh Officer, Wing Adventure Training Officer, Wing Training Officer and ultimately as Deputy Officer Commanding Wing. After a short break from the organisation due to a relocation and his time as OC 2292 Squadron Mike is a very welcome addition to the Regional Staff.

On a personal level – Mike is married to Rachel for 22 years with two children Matthew at university in Salford and Emma – a Cadet Corporal at 2292 Squadron, and Charlie the Colliedoodle. He works as a Business Architect for a software company and enjoys running – 2 marathons in 2019 and Manchester marathon booked for October this year!

Regional Adventure Training Technical Officer (RATTO)

Squadron Leader Trace King RAFAC

Trace joined the ATC in 1976 as a cadet at 106 (Orsett Hundred) Squadron, he became a staff cadet, a cadet warrant officer, and he achieved a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and an RAF marksman. Trace represented Central and East Region over several years in Swimming and Diving and following his solo glider flight completed 2 years as a flight staff cadet at 614 VGS, during this time he joined the team representing HQAC in the northern national gliding competition.

At the end of his cadet career Trace transferred to 2531 (Woodham Ferrers) Squadron as a CI, after a short period became a Warrant Officer, the Squadron Commander and was then commissioned. He went on to command 4 other Squadrons over a twenty year period, representing the Wing and Region in the Lees Trophy competition several times, during this time Trace held supernumerary Wing staff assistant roles in Duke of Edinburgh Award and Adventure Training as well as being OC Wing Escort and Ceremonial Squadron for over 10 years, he was also a Range Conducting officer and shooting coach.

Trace left Squadron life in 2007 for a Region Staff Officers post in LASER, he held both Region Training Officer and Deputy Region Adventure Training officer posts together over a 6 year period. On transferring back to Central and East in 2014, he filled the Region Deputy Adventure Training Officer post until stepping up into the current post of RATTO. He has an ML, SPA, several paddle sport coaching qualifications, and is a coach educator and course provider for British Canoeing, Trace is also a Mountain Training Lowland Leader Award course director and NNAS Tutor trainer. He has dabbled in mountain biking but as yet has not completed a formal qualifications in it.

Following the completion of an electrical apprenticeship Trace has many years’ experience in the electricity supply industry in a number of management and supervision roles and currently heads one of the operations teams at a local power station. Married to Laura with 2 children, Emma and James whom both have strong ATC links, James currently in post as a Squadron Commander.

Regional Media & Communication Officer (RMCO)

Flight Lieutenant James Miles BEng FCILT RAFAC

Flight Lieutenant James Miles joined us from Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing, where he previously was Adjutant at 2028 (Southam) Squadron. Previously he was Media officer for the Wing Road Marching Team and Adjutant at 29F (Rugby) Squadron.

James started his cadet career in 1985 with 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Squadron in Norfolk & Suffolk Wing. Whilst there he rose to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer and had a number of accomplishments including creating a Continuity Drill team that performed at many local events.

Outside of the RAFAC, James is a Supply Chain Consultant working with many well know Retailers to help solve their Logistics issues. He is married to Natalya (who is also involved in the Air Cadets, as Chairperson of 29F (Rugby) Squadron) and has two grown children.

James has a wealth of experience in Media & Communication, both with the Air Training Corps and also in his business role, and is a very welcome addition to the Regional Staff.

Officer Commanding No6 (Central & East) Small Arms Training Team

Squadron Leader Andrew Garrett BEng(Hons) MSc RAFAC

I joined the Air Training Corps, initially as a Civilian Instructor with 356 (Felixstowe) Squadron in November 2007 and took on the role of Squadron ATTO. I was commissioned in November 2009 and took on additional responsibilities as Squadron Shooting Officer. In January 2013 I became Commanding Officer of 356 (Felixstowe) Squadron.

I moved up to Norfolk and Suffolk Wing, as Wing Shooting Officer in September 2016.

In January 2018 I joined the Central & East Small Arms Training Team, initially as Deputy Officer Commanding before becoming Officer Commanding in November 2019

I am married to Carolyn, who is also a member of the RAF Air Cadets. Currently a Sqn Officer based at 356 (Felixstowe) Sqn. We have one daughter, Kayleigh, who is also in the Cadets.

Outside of the RAF Air Cadets, I am employed by BT (British Telecom), working in Customer Premises Equipment. If that wasn’t enough, I am also one of 14 Industrial Firefighters within BT, stationed at Adastral Park, Ipswich. Trained to the same standard as those in Suffolk Fire Service.

Regional Shooting Officer

Squadron Leader Jonathan Pollard RAFAC

I joined the Air Training Corps as a Civilian Instructor in 1982 at 1300 (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Sqn

I was Warranted in 1983 then commissioned into the RAFVR(T) in 1986. In 1988 I took command of 1208 (Warsop) Sqn. After a short period of time out, I returned to 1401 (Alfreton & Ripley) Sqn as a Sqn Officer. In 2000 I transferred to 620 (Duffield) Sqn as OC and was made Sector Shooting Officer.

I was promoted to Wing Shooting Officer in 2009. In 2016 I moved to HQRAFAC to become a member of the Training Development Team. In August 2019 I was Commandant of the GB U18 (Athelings) Rifle Team Tour of Canada.I was appointed Regional Shooting Officer on 01 Apr 2020.

Outside of Cadets, I am a keen  target rifle & shotgun shooter and amateur gamekeeper. I work my Spaniel and 1 day she will have me well trained.

Region Sports Officer

Squadron Leader Michelle Worsnop RGN RAFAC

I was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and have younger twin brothers. If we wanted to see our Dad then it was off to a cricket match on a Saturday and Sunday. There I did the teas, drinks and scored and this is where my love of sport began. Dad also taught us to swim and play golf. Mum and I would play tennis together. We all still love watching many sports together as a family. Nursing was always a passion and I came to Nottingham in 1983 to undertake my training. It was far enough from home to be independent but near enough to go home when I needed to. The 2nd ward I worked on as a student nurse specialised in Breast Cancer and Bowel Cancer. That was the only ward I wanted to work when I qualified and back then it was much easier to get a job. I spent 7 years on the ward and then moved to the private sector. I set up the Colorectal and Stoma Care Nursing Service and am now as well the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Breast Cancer and Gynae Cancer. This is a very rewarding and challenging role but I wouldn’t
swap it.

I joined the Air Cadets (as it was then) by accident in 1988. I bought a raffle ticket for a supermarket dash that a civilian committee were selling to raise funds. I gave them my telephone number which included an extension number as I was currently living in the nursing home. Their reply was “we need a female member of staff and someone to teach first aid”. There began my RAFAC career with 2418 (Sherwood) Sqn. I was commissioned in 1989 Aand have served at 138 (1st Nottingham) Sqn, 303 (Worksop) Sqn and 384 (Mansfield) Sqn.

My first Wg Cdr sent out a questionnaire to ascertain what we
would like to do within our RAFAC career. My answer was to be the Wing Sports Officer only. I became the Deputy Wing Sports Officer first and enjoyed coaching the Wing Hockey Team. I became the Trent Wing Sports Officer in 2004 and the Central and East Region Sports Officer in 2019 as
well. My favourite event of the season is the Athletics Championships.

I am very passionate and committed to these roles and ensuring that my teams compete to win. There is nothing more I like to see than a cadet growing and developing through sport and seeing their faces as they win, get presented with medals and progressing from Sqn to Wing to Region and to then representing the Corps at sport.

Region DofE Officer

Squadron Leader Colin Armstrong RAFAC

Squadron Leader Armstrong commissioned in 2010 after a cadet career at 2532 (Milton Keynes) Sqn between 1999 and 2004. In 2004 he left to attend the University of Portsmouth and joined Southampton University Officer Training Corps. 

Returning to the Milton Keynes area saw him appointed as a CI in 2007 and he gained outdoor qualifications and the Certificate in DofE leadership. In 2010 a move to 2366 Sqn saw him work through different roles on the Sqn and 2 spells as OiC. 

A move to wing staff happened in 2016 with his appointment to the Wing DofE Officer role in Herts and Bucks Wing.  In 2017 Herts and Bucks Wing won the Sir Roger Austin Sword for the most improved wing in relation to DofE performance.  In 2018 he was appointed to the post of Region DofE Officer. 

In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, swimming and spending time with his young family.

Region First Aid Training Officer

Squadron Leader Carol Haynes DTLLS MIfL RAFAC

Sqn Ldr Haynes joined the RAFAC as a cadet in Jan 1989 aged 13, rising to the rank of Cadet Warrant Office by August 1995.

She was Commissioned in March 1997 and served as supporting office to the OC of 5F (Northampton) DF between April 1997 and November 1998

After a time at 1101 (Kettering) Squadron as Training Officer, she returned to 5F Sqn as Training Officer from November 2000 and became Commanding Officer in November 2003. A role she continues to hold today.

In addition to her CO role, Sqn Ldr Haynes became Region First Aid Training Officer in February 2013

Outside of the RAFAC Sqn Ldr Carol Haynes is a Director of C&D Training Limited. C&D Training Limited is an independent training provider, delivering various learning programmes to companies and independent learners. Topics include teaching and assessing qualifications, first aid and health and safety related topics. C&D Training Limited also provide event first aid medical cover.

Regional Radio Communications Officer (RRCO)

Flight Lieutenant David Webb RAFAC

David has been a member of the ATC since 1978 when he joined No 2500 (St Neots) Squadron as a CI, he only came along for a couple of nights to see if he could assist in getting the Squadron’s Hovercraft Project working needless to say, he has remained with the ATC since. He was commissioned in August 1988 remaining with the St Neots Squadron as the Officer Commanding until December 2012 when he took up the role as the Wing Radio Communications Officer for Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing.

He enjoys passing on his radio communications knowledge and experience onto the cadets during various training courses with a hope that it will give them inspiration to take up the lifelong hobby of radio and further their chances of future employment in an electrical or engineering subject. Each year he plans and organises thirteen National Radio Exercise for all three Cadet Services to participate in.

David holds two other posts, the Corps Aircraft Recognition Project Officer which he has done for many years now this involves Syllabus changes, Policy, Training and Competition instructions and running Corps National Competitions in Aircraft Recognition, he also runs the Aircraft Recognition Competitions for the Region.

In his spare time David is a Full UK Licenced Radio Amateur so enjoys operating and organisation of Special Radio Event Stations in conjunction with a local radio club, attending his garden and spending time with his wife away on the South Coast.

Region Music Officer

Squadron Leader Alan Glover RAFAC

In September 1962 following two years as a cadet with 1862 City of Carlisle Sqn, Alan joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant with No 50 Entry at RAF St Athan training to be an engine mechanic. For the next 14 years he completed various posting around the UK and abroad and represented the RAF as a gymnast and in canoeing. He also represented RAF Germany and Maintenance Command as an athlete.

Alan joined 2409 Sqn in September 1993 as a civilian instructor and was commissioned the following year. He was appointed OC 1563 Buckingham Sqn in 1997.

In 2003 he became more involved with music working both at Wing and National levels and also playing trumpet with RAF Halton Area Band. In 2009 he was appointed Director of Music of the Air Cadet National Concert Band, completing a number of high profile engagements and also recording a CD in the studios of the RAF Central Band.

Region Fieldcraft Officer

Flight Lieutenant Scott Haynes RAFAC

Scott joined the Air Training Corps at the age of 15. Scott became a cadet at 493 (Kings Heath & Moseley) Squadron, he aged out as a Cadet Warrant Officer. Scott then became an Adult Sergeant at 493 but after the first year was up, Scott decided to take a step away from the corps due to work commitments.

Scott re-joined the corps back in 2016 as a CI back at 493 Sqn and jumped into the Training Officer role on the Squadron. After coming back Scott soon realised, he wanted to get back into uniform, so he decided to work towards getting his commission. Since being back in uniform Scott has taken as many opportunities as the corps has to offer. He re-joined the Junior Leaders course as one of the section Instructors and became a member of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Shooting and Fieldcraft Team. Also in 2019 Scott was awarded the Ganderton Sword for his achievements at IOC.

In February 2020 Scott became the OC of 479 (Rubery) Squadron and at the start of Junior Leaders course 21 became one of the flight commanders.

Scott currently runs his own tree surgery company in Birmingham but also likes getting outdoors and enjoying surfing, wakeboarding, walking, skiing, running and anything else that puts him out of his comfort zone.

Region LGBT+ Representative

Mr Adam Olivant

Adam is a Civilian Instructor with 1451 (Haverhill) Squadron having previously been a cadet with 2523 (Linton) Squadron. During his time as a cadet Adam was active in community events the Squadron attended such as IWM Duxford Air Shows, Bartlow Charity Walks. He also attended a number of blues camps including RAF Linton on Ouze and Odium.

As a staff member at 1451 Squadron, he has been on a number of the Wing’s Easter Camps as Camp Photographer and support. He is also a part of the Team who commands the Eastern Sector Field Day which is a unique event for those who might not be able to go to the wing Field Days. He is the Squadron’s Health, Safety and Environmental Protection Officer.

Outside of Cadets, Adam is a Deputy Contract Performance Manager for Skanska at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, and also a Trustee of two local LGBT+ Charities in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas called Encompass Network, and The Pink Festival Group. The Pink Festival Group runs Cambridge Pride. He is also a Stonewall Young Leaders Programme alumni and was awarded the Young Person of the Year for Cambridgeshire in 2014. In his personal time he enjoy going on walks and is known to attend the odd West End musical in London!

Region STEM Officer

Squadron Leader Elliot Hemes CEng FIMechE GCGI RAFAC

Elliot started rock climbing not long after he could walk due to his father’s keen interest in the sport. There began a lifelong interest in adventure training. Starting as an air cadet in 1993, he progressed to CWO at 492 (Solihull) Squadron and achieved his Gold DofE Award. Continuing his keenness for all forms of adventure training, he eventually went on to encourage competitiveness and adventurous activities at 492 as OC from 2005-2017 whilst also holding the post of Deputy Wing Adventure Training Technical Officer for several years. Elliot is a qualified Mountain Leader, Gold DofE assessor, Rock Climbing Instructor (formerly SPA) and Climbing Wall Development Instructor (formerly CWLA).

He later became a sector commander in Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing before taking up his current position as Central and East Region’s STEM lead. “STEM?” I hear you say. Yes, he has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Bath; joined Land Rover in 2001 and spent the next decade working on all aspects of design, development and integration of the ‘Terrain Response’ and ‘JaguarDrive Control’ systems. Elliot is one of five engineers who won the JLR Technical Award for Auto Terrain Response, and holds several patents.

Recognising the inefficiencies in physical testing, Elliot moved into a career of simulation and virtual engineering, about which he is somewhat fanatical. He is passionate about inspirational leadership, having been successfully building and leading high performing teams for many years. He now leads a team of phenomenally talented engineers and scientists building simulation capabilities and inventing new automotive development methods for a number of major UK automotive companies.

Region Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer Michael Webb RAFAC

Warrant Officer Michael Webb RAFAC was brought up in Germany and East London . He joined the Air Training Corps in March 1988 (282 East Ham Sqn) and rose through the ranks to CWO in 1992. In 1994 he aged out and became Adult Warrant Officer.

After serving on 4 Squadrons, he took Command of 2408 Campion Squadron where he served as OC for 3 years.

He then went on to be the Squadron Warrant Officer on a further 3 Squadrons. During this time he was a Sector Warrant Officer and the London Wing Drill & Ceremonial Warrant Officer.

In October 2013 he transferred to Central and East Region. He joined Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing as the Squadron Warrant Officer on 2461 Squadron and in March 2014 took on the role of Eastern Sector Warrant Officer. In July 2014 he was appointed the Wing Warrant Officer for Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Wing.

During his time in the Corps Michael has obtained a Meritorious Service award from Commandant Air Cadets and one from Regional Commandant LaSER. He was also a part of the Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Easter Camp Team who received AOC 22 Group‘s Commendation in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. Michael has also attended 15 camps in Germany, 3 in Cyprus and 2 in Gibraltar as the Camp Warrant Officer.

In his civilian career he works for Transport for London as part of the Incident Response Team, covering North East London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

He is married to Vicki, who owns a dog grooming business. They live in Hertfordshire and have 2 children Daniel and Amy and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Molly.

He enjoys family holidays, meals out and watching live comedy.