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Committee Team

Ian Blake – Secretary

Ian joined the RAF in 1979 as a Flight Line Mechanic (FLM). On completion of training, he was posted to RAF Valley in 1980. After his Fitters Course in 1984, Ian enjoyed tours at RAF Brize Norton, Benson, Coningsby, Bruggen (twice), Marham and Lossiemouth, before joining the Team in 2001. Selected for  Deputy Circus Leader in 2005, Ian left the RAF at the end of that season.

Ian is married with two children and now four grand-children! He works for BAE Systems at RAF Valley where, as a Fleet Planner, he is responsible for planning the Hawk T Mk 2 maintenance cycle.

Craig Rouse – Treasurer

Craig joined the RAF in February 1976.  He was part of the mighty Jaguar force, serving on 6, 14 and 54 Sqns. After a brief spell at Valley, Craig joined the Team in 1985 and became part of the Team’s inventory until he left in 1994. He was Circus Leader 1990.

Craig left the RAF in 2002 and now works for Aviva as an ITIL Service Design and Transition Managing Consultant.

 

Nikki Wright – Public Relations

Nikki is a Masters-educated, highly experienced and innovative PR and marketing communications professional with a successful career spanning nearly 20 years.

As former PR Manager of the Red Arrows she brings a wealth of relevant experience and insight to the Red Arrows Association committee. This includes the development and delivery of the first Red Arrows communications strategy specifically designed to form part of the overarching Royal Air Force Engagement Strategy.

Nikki’s wider experience has seen her hold senior PR positions with globally recognised iconic brands including Guide Dogs, Porsche Cars Great Britain and Saab Cars Great Britain. Nikki is currently Head of Communications for national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Director of Amber PR, retained by the Aston Martin Owners Club and ground-breaking Mark Pollock Trust.

Her particular expertise within the charitable and not-for-profit sector brings notable success in the delivery of national and international PR strategy development and tactical campaign implementation generating millions in audience engagement, coverage and fundraising as well as influencing change at Government level.

Brand positioning and resilience, VIP and celebrity engagement and corporate sponsorship partnerships are other areas of Nikki’s wealth of experience.

Nikki lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, with her five-year old daughter and enjoys a variety of sports including rowing, tennis and running. She is also involved in motoring and motorsport writing for the prestigious Aston Martin magazine Vantage, Aston Martin Quarterly, Aston Martin News, the Aston Martin Owners Club Racing Series and other titles have included Historic Motor Racing News.

Paul Fitzgerald Bsc DipEd FiDiagEng – Communications Officer

After completing a motor apprenticeship, Paul joined the RAF in 1975 and completed his first tour with the USNAWF at RAF St.Mawgan, Cornwall.  In 1978 his next posting was with the Harrier Force at RAF Gutersloh, Germany.  Here Paul served as MT Controller and airfield crash recovery.  Paul then Joined the Red Arrows team in 1981 at RAF Kemble and moved with the team to RAF Scampton in 1983.   He served the team as the qualified Hercules load specialist until he left the RAF at the end of 1988. 

Paul is married and has one son.  His wife Angie, was awarded the BEM and rose through the ranks to Warrant Officer [ATC].  Paul had a second career in education [16 years] and was a Principal Teacher for 8 years.  He taught Computing and History in several top Independent Schools in Scotland.  He concluded the Head Teachers course in 2010 and retired from Education in 2014 as a Director of IT.   Paul, not wishing to stay idle, started a vending business in 2014 and now deals with over 350 companies and to maintain his QTS qualification, he now teaches part-time to ASN pupils.

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