As a Trustee I am responsible for ensuring the charity is governed correctly and that it continues to focus on the young people who need our help the most. I also play a part in finding inspirational aviation connections to give those young people the opportunity to achieve their full potential, no matter what their background. I have ridden the length and breadth of the UK on bicycles, both on and off road to help raise funds for the charity, as well as other fundraising challenges abroad. Being part of the Jon Egging Trust is very rewarding; to see it helping young people who may not have the privileges in life that many of us take for granted is inspirational in itself.
I joined the Royal Air Force in 1991 and after flying training completed tours on 3(F) Squadron RAF Laarbruch on the Harrier GR7 and 19(F) Squadron RAF Valley as a Flying and Weapons Instructor, on the Hawk T1. In 2002, I was selected for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic team; The Red Arrows, displaying with them until 2005. I was then posted back to the Harrier as a Flight Commander on 1(F) Squadron and subsequently to 800 Naval Air Squadron, both based at RAF Cottesmore before being posted to Wittering to instruct on 20(R) Squadron, the Harrier OCU. During this time I was selected to command the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, commencing displaying in 2009 and Commanding the Flight since 2012. I have flown on operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan with the Harrier GR9 and numerous exercises globally on land and at sea.
I know that the future for the Trust is bright. My aspiration is that we are able to help thousands of young people in each of the regions we work in, and that we continue to expand into more and more regions. To me, the motto of the Royal Air Force is particularly appropriate when we think what the Trust does; Per Ardua Ad Astra – Through Adversity to the Stars!