How we are run
The Royal Air Forces Association is a registered charity governed by a Royal Charter and Schedule of Rules effective from 1st September 1996 these are updated from time to time, following approval from the Privy Council. The Association is registered with both the Charity Commission, covering branches in England and Wales, and, separately, with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Our branches fundraise on their own behalf and on behalf of the central charity. Monies raised by the branches in respect of the annual Wings Appeal are transmitted to the central charity.
The Association is also a member of the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO).
The Board of Trustees
The RAF Association is governed by a Board of 20 Trustees (Council) who are responsible for the governance and control of the affairs of the Association and the administration of all its property and income. An Annual Conference is held each year and resolutions to change the Rules and other Regulations of the Association may be made by Branches.
All Trustees give their time voluntarily and receive no financial benefits from the charity.
Meetings and attendance
The Council meet five times a year, in addition to the Trustees, elected Vice-Presidents and Executive Directors attend the meetings.
The Association also has a Finance and Investment Committee that sets investment objectives, reviews investment performance and makes recommendations about the investment of surplus funds.
Daily management and area operations
The Secretary General (Chief Executive) and Directors manage and administer the Association on a daily basis and are supported by a number of Area Offices that exercise devolved functions in support of the Head Office. The Area Offices work with their Area Councils and coordinate the activities of the branches within their area.
The Association has a trading company called RAFATRAD Limited, which publishes a quarterly journal (Air Mail) for members and sells commemorative items and memorabilia.