The Future of the RAF at 100

18 September 2018

Oxford Branch


19:00 - 21:00

Registration starts at 18:30.

Light refreshments are available free of charge. All lectures are free to members and friends, but we would welcome a donation of £2 to help cover costs.

Speaker Details

Howard Wheeldon FRAeS

Following an earlier international career, 28 years as an equity analyst covering defence, aerospace & capital goods industries, finishing as Senior Strategist of two large US owned international broking operations, Wheeldon left the ‘City’ in 2012 to work in an independent capacity providing strategic influence support primarily related to military and defence, air power and maritime capability, defence industrial and in providing support for UK defence exports.

A passionate believer in strong UK defence and NATO, Wheeldon is well known by senior members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, defence and aerospace industries, UKTI DSO and across government in Whitehall and Westminster. His work is primarily providing strategic influence support, engagement and in pushing forward the importance that air and maritime power plays within defence and the importance of maintaining UK sovereign manufacturing capability and investing in R&D technology.

SC cleared, in his primary strategic influence support role, Wheeldon spends much time with industry and visiting Royal Air Force and Royal Navy bases, gaining hands-on flight and at-sea operational experience. Over the past decade he has spent periods at sea with the Royal Navy on both HMS St Albans and HMS Dauntless and on a US Navy ‘Nimitz class carrier, USS George HW Bush.

Wheeldon has presented at many military and defence based conferences and had the honour of presenting the 2015 Slessor Lecture in the House of Commons. In 2016, he was presented the 'Lifetime award for Air Power Advocacy' from the Air League by HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

Howard Wheeldon serves on the Board of the Birmingham University Business School, is a Fellow and former Trustee of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, member Air Power Association, Aviation Focus Group and Air League.


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