The Branch can trace its roots back to the formation of the Luton Branch in 1942. The change of name to Stevenage Branch finally occurred in 1983. In 1988 the Branch introduced the Leslie Bedford named lecture into the annual programme of events in honour one of the most respected and innovative pioneers in the field of radar and guided weapon technology.
Picture caption: John Sedgley, Stevenage Branch Chairman; Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC, RAeS President Elect; Bust of Leslie Bedford; Dave Armstrong MBE, Stevenage Branch President; Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE, Royal Navy Fleet Commander.
Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE, Fleet Commander, presented the 2016 Leslie Bedford lecture hosted by the Stevenage Branch of the RAeS at MBDA’s site in Stevenage.
The Vice Admiral presented an excellent lecture on the theme of “F-35 and the Queen Elizabeth – A Game Changer” in which he explained the capabilities of the new carrier and afterwards fully engaged the audience in an honest and open question and answer session, which was appreciated by all.
The Stevenage Branch were pleased to welcome back RAeS President Elect Sir Stephen Dalton who presented the Leslie Bedford Lecture in 2012.
President Dave: Armstrong
Vice-President: Andy Stroomer
Chairman: John Sedgley
Vice-Chairman: Matt Cappell
Treasurer: Roger Ellis
Secretary: Alexander Hall
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