Chairman’s Message

From the Chairman

The Aviation Focus Group – AFG as it is affectionately known – has been a great success story. It was founded in 2000 by Rick Peacock-Edwards and the then intention was that the organization would be limited to just 12 members who were ex-military and employed by key defence companies. From these relatively inauspicious beginnings, the compelling blend of camaraderie coupled with professional interest in the aviation and defence sectors, has seen the membership grow considerably; the membership is now over 300 strong. Members enjoy the informality and friendliness of the AFG, the opportunity to socialise and network and to listen to high quality speakers under ‘Chatham House Rules’, ie non-attributed.

Over the years, as well as the increase in membership numbers, the AFG has continued to evolve into an organization that welcomes not just ex-military but also an increasing number from the wider community with no military background, but with an important part to play in the aviation and defence communities. The blend of former military experience coupled with unique defence networking opportunities, plus a healthy helping of camaraderie and esprit-de-corps, maintain a vibrant and topical ethos that continues to evolve and adapt. It is the intention of your Committee that we will continue to build on these very robust foundations in the months and years ahead. I am also delighted that Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, a Past Chief of the Air Staff, has agreed to be our Honorary President. Sir Andrew is an active supporter of the AFG and looks forward to playing his part in the future success of the organization.

We are always on the lookout for new members – if you think you satisfy the criteria for membership and wish to join, please contact the Membership Secretary via the appropriate ‘Contact’ or ‘Membership’ button. Inevitably, there has to be some control on the membership to safeguard the Group’s integrity and intent; however, if you satisfy the Membership Committee and gain membership, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

Sean Bell