Nick Bunting, who became Secretary General (Chief Executive) of the Royal Air Forces Association in March 2014, received an OBE for services to RAF personnel and veterans.
Nick has led a transformation of the RAF Association, which supports the wellbeing of serving RAF personnel, veterans and their dependants.
Reflecting on his time so far with the charity, Nick said: “It was vital to modernise the Association to enable it to go on doing its life-changing work among members of the RAF family.
“My primary focus has been to ensure we provide high-quality services capable of meeting growing demand, and to support the increasingly complex welfare needs of our beneficiaries.
“My father and brother served in the RAF, and my grandfather and great grandfather both served in the Army, so I personally understand the sacrifices made by our nation’s military personnel. I also understand the impact that their service can have on them and their loved ones.
“I feel deeply honoured to have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen, and I look forward to continuing to work with members, volunteers, trustees and employees, all of whom contribute to the welfare of the RAF family.”
The President of the RAF Association, Air Marshal Sir Baz North, said: “Nick has overseen significant improvement in the professionalism of the administration of the Association, and has conducted a thorough examination of the governance compliance of all aspects of the charity.
“He has overcome resistance from those reluctant to accept legislative change and Charity Commission direction, and has led the Association’s staff with considerable moral courage and impressive drive and enthusiasm. He has also provided outstanding advice to the trustees.
“I am delighted that Nick has received national recognition for his leadership and effort.”