The Campaign Board, chaired by Iain Gray, has an advisory remit in support of the fundraising function to establish Aerospace Bristol. We are very grateful to the following members of the Campaign Board who are kindly giving their skills and expertise as Ambassadors.
Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR
Carol is a committed educationalist and gained a Master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She is patron of the University of Cambridge Science Festival, a member of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Royal Institution, and has been granted four honorary doctorates and fellowships from different Universities in Britain.
In 2014 Carol qualified for a private pilot's licence and announced plans to fly solo around the world. On 20 November 2014 Vorderman became the ambassador to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets with the rank of Honorary Group Captain RAFVR(T). She is the first and only female to be appointed Ambassador in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets' 75-year history.
Sebastian Conran studied Industrial Design Engineering at Central St. Martins. He set up Sebastian Conran Associates, and has focussed his understanding how things are made, sold, and used, as well as designing innovative, stylish products, working with top global brands, including the design of Concorde’s interior design. He has taught furniture design at the Royal College of Art, lectures frequently, judges many international design awards, and has written several books, articles and papers.
Robert Bernays OBE, Vice Lord-Lieutenant
Robert Bernays is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and is the Past Master of the Merchant Venturers of Bristol, the Chairman of Colston's School, and Chairman of the Berkeley family trusts. Previously he was the Chairman of St Monica Trust and non-executive director of two companies in healthcare.
Jenny Body OBE, FRAeS, FCGI
Jenny became the Royal Aeronautical Society’s first-ever female President in May 2013, and is a Fellow and a member of the Council. She was awarded an OBE for her services to engineering and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of West of England; she also became a Fellow of City and Guilds of London Institute. Jenny is now an active supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development in schools.
Captain Les Brodie
Les Brodie served as First Officer, Captain and Flight Manager for Concorde, BA’s supersonic flagship between 1989 and 2003. Les is the last Captain to fly Concorde; landing ‘216’ G-BOAF into Bristol Filton. He has pledged his support to Aerospace Bristol to help get the aircraft on display to the public.
Professor David Edgerton
He was the founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London, and Hans Rausing Professor, and author of ‘England and the Aeroplane: Machines, Modernity and Militarism’ and ‘Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War’.
David has a background in the energy and advanced manufacturing industries and has also delivered a range of design-led projects in support of the public sector and the London 2012 Olympics together with the Design Council. David also became an adviser to the British Design Council’s Design Skills Advisory Panel and acted as a judge to the Prince Philip Designer’s Prize. In 2013 David joined Elmwood as CEO and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of a number of global and national brands. As an aviation enthusiast David spends his weekends pursuing his passion for flying.
Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen KCVO CB OBE RAF
Sir Ian entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1960 where he graduated with the Sword of Honour. A fighter pilot, a flying instructor, member of The Poachers formation aerobatic team at RAF Cranwell, he went on to become the RAF solo display pilot for the Phantom.
Sir Ian was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man in 2000, and then the National President of the Royal British Legion from 2006 to 2008, before being appointed as the Honorary Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle (2009–14). He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RAF Museum.
The Hon. Sir William McAlpine Bt & The Hon. Lady McAlpine
A director of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd for more than fifty years, Sir William is also Chairman of: The Railway Heritage Trust, The Dart Valley Railway, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine, Railnews, SONE (Supporters of Nuclear Energy), and a Governor of Shiplake College and is President of the Transport Trust. He served for several terms on the ZSL Council (Zoological Society London) and is now on the Development Committee.
Air Marshal Sir Peter Norriss KBE CB AFC MA FRAeS
Air Marshal Sir Peter Norriss had 35 years in the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying instructor and operational commander on fast-jet aircraft, before moving into staff appointments largely involved with future equipment. He retired from the RAF in 2001 when Deputy Chief of Defence Procurment (Operations) and Controller Aircraft on the Air Force Board. He then had several appointments advising aerospace and defence companies, was a non-executive director, and now acts as a university adviser. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and of Harvard Business Schools' Advanced Management Program.
John Prior, FCA
John has served on the Prince’s Trust, was Chairman of the South West Regional Council and remains as co-Chairman of the Business Awards Panel and Chairman of the Kanabus Awards Panel. His other charitable activities include: Chairmanship of the Bristol Drugs Project; Director of South Western Housing Association; Member of the Bristol Steering Group of the Community Self-Build Agency and Trustee and Director of The Matthew of Bristol Trust Ltd.
Tim is the Chairman of Hargreaves Services plc and of a number of private or venture capital-backed companies. He is a past Governor of Bristol University, President of the Dolphin Society and Council Member at Quartet Community Foundation and Clifton College. He is the current Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers.
Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO OBE DL
Air Marshal Sir David Walker was responsible for flying and aeronautical engineering training for the RAF. He was then seconded to the Royal Household as Master, remaining in this role for 9 years. He is an Extra Equerry to The Queen, a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and Honorary Air Commodore of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.