The RAF is an inclusive employer which supports and values difference. Our people are as varied as the roles they fulfil. Meet some of the team below. Also, find out more about our inspiring STEM careers.
Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens
Shanwayne is a RAF Regiment Gunner and also competes in the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team.
Flight Lieutenant Kathy Morten
Working as an engineer on the Chinook fleet, Kathy enjoys the technical challenges and working as part of an inspiring team.
Flying Officer Nick Horner-Boyd
After leaving school with no GCSE's Nick joined the RAF where he has studied for a BSc and graduated from Initial Officer Training.
Sergeant Josephine Drew
Jo deployed to Afghanistan on Operation TORAL in 2016/17 and is currently an Air Loadmaster.
Squadron Leader Marcus Ramsden
Marcus is a Senior Engineer Officer who has led the Red Arrows engineering technicians and flown with Red 1 to China.
Wing Commander Manjeet Ghataora
Manjeet is a Senior Engineer Officer currently supporting EUFOR in Sarajevo.
Officer Cadet Danny Burke
Danny has served in the RAF for 18 years and competes internationally for Great Britain as a Luge athlete.
Sergeant Jonathan Wilcox
Jonathan is an Aircraft Technician (Avionics), working alongside industry partners and the Royal Navy.
Flight Lieutenant Lucy Nell
Lucy is a RAF Medical Officer, who has also gained Elite Athlete Status to pursue her other passion in life - competing in triathlons.
Air Specialist 1 (Technician) Hannah Fry
Hannah is an Aircraft Technician (Avionics). She completed her trade training at RAF Cosford and now maintains Chinook helicopters, as well as looking after the electronics onboard. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys playing with the RAF Women's Cricket Team.
Flight Lieutenant Matt Curry
Matt is a Trainee Pilot whose career highlight so far was his first solo flight and being presented with his aircrew badges.
Flying Officer Joshua Durdant-Hollamby
Joshua is currently a trainee Pilot on the Phenom T MK1. The course is enjoyable and challenging, and he is working hard towards completing the course and earning his 'WINGS.' Joshua looks forward to moving onto future aircraft types and putting his training into effect on Operations both in the UK and Overseas.
Corporal Josh McNally
Josh is a Weapon Technician who is currently a professional rugby player for Bath rugby team.
Corporal Lauren Nineham
Lauren is a RAF Survival Equipment Specialist with the Parachute Engineering Squadron.
Air Specialist 1 (Technician) Lewis Mayers
Lewis is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical). He helps to make sure Puma helicopters can be rapidly deployed on operations.
Sergeant Zara McIntosh
Zara is an Exercise Remedial Instructor. She specialises in musculoskeletal rehabilitation ranging from those with severe trauma to sports injuries.
Chief Technician Dave Fegan-Long
Dave is an engineer. Dave has achieved more than he thought possible in the RAF, including completing an 8 hour repair in 60 minutes in Iraq - the aircraft saved a soldier's life.
Squadron Leader Joan Ochuodho
Joan oversees the delivery of human resources, specifically Service Discipline and Welfare, at a large RAF station.
Corporal Richard Retallick
Richard and his military working dog Riki help to provide security at an RAF station.
Air Specialist 1 Rosetta Norbert
Rosetta is a RAF Chef. She was recently awarded Best in Class, Chef of the Year and Best Female Competitor of the Year.
Flight Lieutenant Peter Smiley
Peter is a pilot and Co-Responder. He's inspired by his missions in Iraq and Afghan, flying Medical Emergency Response Teams.
Corporal Emma Pook
Emma is a RAF Firefighter. Alongside firefighting and crash rescue, she is the RAF Hockey goalkeeper.
Chanel is a Surface Finisher. She enjoys her role in a small team that fully repaint Puma helicopters.
Sergeant Rachel Malthouse
Rachel is a RAF Photographer. She has photographed incredible people, equipment, and situations around the world.
Air Specialist 1 (Technician) Alistair Sammon
Alistair Sammon is a Cyberspace Communication Specialist.
Corporal Melissa Benfield
Melissa joined the RAF Police in 2016. She is currently a Communications Data Investigator, as part of a tri-service team at the Service Police Crime Bureau. Melissa has travelled to Canada, Kenya, Northern Ireland and Germany as part of her role, and also represents the RAF in the women’s Bobsleigh team having previously won gold and bronze.
Warrant Officer Caroline Cooper
Caroline is a RAF Medic. She has helped to save lives across the world and has been most inspired by the determination of injured personnel she has treated.
Dr Deepna Varsani
Dr Deepna Varsani is a civilian dentist working in an RAF station dental centre. She is proud of helping to improve dental fitness and ensuring personnel are fit to deploy.
Air Specialist 1 Wesley Cummings
Wesley is a General Technician (Workshops). He manufactures and repairs components for aircraft, vehicles and specialist equipment. He's proud of the bespoke items he has designed and created.
Flight Lieutenant Alexandra Robson
Alexandra completed an Officer Commanding Personnel Services Flight tour at RAF Cosford, as well as a Service Discipline and Personal Support tour at RAF Shawbury. Alexandra is also a keen sportsperson, having represented the RAF at Netball and Golf, and visited Australia and Portugal during her 5 years of service.
Air Specialist 1 Niall Carlyle-Reid
Niall is a RAF firefighter and embracing all the opportunities and experiences that RAF life can offer.
Corporal Karl Soare
Karl is a RAF Regiment Gunner who prepares personnel for deployments worldwide. When he's not at work, he dons a different uniform to save lives as a SCAS Co-Responder.
FS Justin Kmieciak-Thorpe
Justin is a crewman and Tactical Training Instructor. Justin draws on his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan to instruct crewmen from the Army, Royal Navy, and the RAF.
Sergeant Simon McNamara
Simon is a Communications Infrastructure Technician. Growing up in a forces family, Simon knew he was destined to join the RAF and now leads the team looking after the Puma and Chinook helicopter mission support systems.
Chief Technician Paula Cil
Paula is an engineer, managing the technical trade for the Puma Force. She joined the RAF to fix aircraft and now inspires future generations as a STEM Ambassador.
James joined the RAF as a driver in 2015 and has since been deployed to Spain and Sweden. He is most proud of providing logistics during RAF 100 Centenary Parade. James now refuels aircraft and supports RAF logistics as a civilian.
Sergeant James 'Ash' Ashwell
James joined the RAF in 1985 and has achieved 4000hrs flying on both Rotary and Fixed wing Aircraft. He is part of the Recruitment and rejoiners team specialising in Aircrew rejoiners, as well as the Specialist Aircrew Team who visit most UK airshows around the UK.
Corporal Kelly Flynn
Kelly is a Cyberspace Communications Specialist currently working in Satellite Communications. She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and is a committee member in both the RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network and the RAF Diversity Allies Network.
Annabel is a RAF Dental Nurse helping to make sure our personnel are fit to deploy worldwide.
Wing Commander Darren Howe
Darren is a Senior Engineering Officer working with the Chinook helicopter in Saudi Arabia. He also represents the RAF at motorsport.
Flight Lieutenant Joshua Elliott
Joshua is a junior Engineering Officer. He joined the RAF in 2014 to work with "driven and talented people on highly capable aircraft around the world".
Air Specialist 1 George Chappell
George is a No. 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron at RAF Wittering working in Forward Stores and supporting 5001 Squadron. His main role involves ensuring equipment is efficient and ready in a timely manner for Engineering colleagues to use in theatre. George is also on deployable readiness to support any potential Operations overseas to various aircraft detachments.
Air Specialist 1 Daniel Walkingshaw
Daniel is a RAF Mover. He supports the deployments of personnel and equipment on exercises and operations around the world.
Group Captain Andy Baron
Andy is a Puma helicopter pilot who joined the RAF in 1998. He delivered emergency aid in the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Corporal Holly Roberts
Holly is a Catering and Hospitality Specialist. Holly has served Her Majesty and achieved a Gold medal at the tri-service culinary competition.
Helen joined the Medical Centre team at the end of 2017 and is the Pharmacy Technician who prepares and dispenses medicines for personnel and families.
Air Specialist 1 Zachary Clarke
Zachary is a Survival Equipment Specialist. He specialises in fitting and repairing life-saving equipment for individual aircrew.
Sergeant Rob Reader
Rob Reader is a Weapons System Operator. He is a critical member of the three person crew that operate Puma helicopters.
Air Specialist 1 Alexandria Stewart
Alexandria is the personal assistant to a RAF Station Commander. She joined in 2016 after completing her trade training as Personnel Support.
Flight Lieutenant Elizabeth Herbert
Elizabeth is a Voyager aircraft Captain. She pilots the Voyager on a range of tasks, such as the air-to-air refuelling of other aircraft.
Flight Lieutenant Simon Phillips
Simon is an Engineer Officer serving as the Chief of Staff at the training school for Aerosystems Engineer Officers.
Air Specialist 1 (Technician) Lauren Cassin
Lauren is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) responsible for maintaining and repairing the propulsion, fuel, hydraulic systems and flying controls; as well as fault diagnosis and flight servicing of the aircraft. Lauren also represent the RAF in RAF ladies football.
Flight Lieutenant Emma Spencer
Emma is a RAF Nurse in the Cardiac Department at the OU Hospital. Emma was part of the Tactical Medical Team that conducts worldwide aeromedical evacuations.
Sergeant Luke Noyle
Luke is an Air Traffic Controller. He has looked after Puma and Chinook helicopters, and the Red Arrows since he completed his training.
Corporal Alexander Copas
Alexander is a Weapons Technician who has worked worldwide with aircraft including Puma, Chinook, Typhoon, and Hercules.