Corporate Partner Briefing by Air Mshl Sir Richard Garwood, Director General, Defence Safety Authority

19 January 2017

Royal Aeronautical Society

Corporate Partner Event

The Defence Safety Authority - A new model for multi-domain safety in the MOD

The Defence Safety Authority is the first of its kind globally. This briefing will look at how the Air Safety model has been used as the foundation for the organisation, how safety is managed in the MOD and how safe the MOD can be in balancing safety and training for operations.


16.30 hrs Registration and refreshments
17.00 hrs Briefing and discussion
18.00 hrs Reception
19.00 hrs Close

Speaker Details

Air Mshl Sir Richard Garwood KBE CB DFC MA RAF, Director General, Defence Safety Authority

Air Mshl Richard GarwoodAir Marshal Sir Richard (known as Dick) Garwood joined the Royal Air Force in 1979, completing his officer and pilot training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. In 1982 after completion of flying training he was posted to No. 41 (Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force Coltishall, where he flew the Jaguar in the ground attack and reconnaissance roles. After three years on the Jaguar, he was selected for instructional duties and posted to No.1 Tactical Weapons Unit, Royal Air Force Brawdy, where he instructed on the Hawk and became a Qualified Weapons Instructor.

In 1987 Air Marshal Garwood was posted as an exchange officer with the US Air Force to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, where he flew the Phantom RF-4C. In 1990 he returned from America and converted to the Tornado GR1. He was then posted on promotion to Squadron Leader to No. II (Army Co-operation) Squadron based at Royal Air Force Laarbruch. Shortly after arriving in Germany, he deployed to Saudi Arabia where he saw active service during the Gulf War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1993 he was posted to the Ministry of Defence where he worked in Operational Requirements (Air) as a staff officer.

In 1995 Air Marshal Garwood attended the Army Command and Staff College at Camberley, where he studied for a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies with King's College London. On promotion to Wing Commander in 1995 he took command of No. II (Army Co-operation) Squadron now based at Royal Air Force Marham in Norfolk. During this period he led his squadron on many operational detachments to patrol the Iraqi No-Fly-Zones. In 1998 Air Marshal Garwood was posted to become a staff officer in the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood.

Following 18 months at Northwood, he was posted to Royal Air Force Marham as Station Commander taking command in 2000. During this tour he deployed to East Africa as Commander British Forces Op RAMSON for air operations over the Horn of Africa in support of Op VERITAS (Afghanistan). He was awarded the CBE in 2002. On completion of his tour at Royal Air Force Marham, Air Marshal Garwood attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (2003 course) before deploying to Qatar to become the first post-combat phase Air Component Commander for Op TELIC (Iraq). He returned to the UK in late 2003 to become Air Commodore Force Elements at HQ 1 Group.

In 2004 Air Marshal Garwood became the Director of Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence. During this tour he completed the Higher Command and Staff Course. In 2007 he was posted on temporary duty as the Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon. On return from Washington DC he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group and took over as Chief of Staff (Operations) in April 2009. He was awarded the CB in 2010. Promoted to Air Marshal, he became DCINC Ops in April 2010, a role which changed to DCom Ops and the first Air member for operations on the Air Force Board, in Apr 2012.

In May 13 he became Director General of the Military Aviation Authority. Air Marshal Garwood became the first Director General of the Defence Safety Authority with effect from 1st Apr 2015. 


Attendance at Corporate Partner Briefings is a complimentary benefit of RAeS Corporate membership. To register you must be employed by a company or an organisation that is a Corporate Partner of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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