Nick started his career with Cadbury’s where he held a number of sales, production, marketing, management and operational roles. He then went on to work for Guinness running the on-trade operations, Pepsico where he led the licensed trade function and the home baking side of Whitworths; before becoming part of a management buy-out of a dry dog food division of Dalgety. As the Sales and Marketing Director he created the largest supplier of own label dog food in the UK.
Nick joined the RFU to lead the development of refereeing. He spent 14 years, in a variety of roles, latterly, as a member of the Executive Committee, as the Head of Public Affairs and Operations, generating over £200m of inward investment into the sport for community based activity and facility development.
On leaving the RFU Nick became Chief Executive of one of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales’ charities. He developed and expanded the charity to reach more of its target group of the unemployed over 50s, creating over 2,000 new businesses and 3,000 jobs.
Latterly, he was the Chief Executive of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association, where as the Chief Executive, he led the organisation through a period of transformation.
Both Nick’s father and brother served in the RAF, and his sister-in-law was a commercial pilot, so he has a natural affinity for all things aviation.
Outside work Nick has held a Ministerial appointment, several non-executive directorships and acted as a trustee for a range of charities.
David Prowse joined the Association in 2014 after 35 years in the RAF serving mostly in the Chinook support helicopter role operating in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is committed to growing the membership of the Association.
Rory joined the Royal Air Forces Association in May 2013 as the Director of Welfare. Rory came from SSAFA where he was responsible for all of the contracted SSAFA Health and Social Care services in Cyprus. He also managed the SSAFA volunteer teams. Previous to Cyprus, Rory managed Primary and Community Health Care services in British Forces Germany. He has a wealth of experience within the Health and Social care sector. Rory resigned from the Royal Navy in 2004 having undertaken a number of tri -service postings and spending much of his service career attached to the Royal Marines. His last posting was to Flag Officer Sea Training where he was heavily involved in the inspection and training of Royal Navy and foreign naval ships preparing for operational deployments.
Rachel Huxford was born in Gloucestershire and studied English Literature at University College, Durham, where she was also a member of Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron.
After a holiday job as a wingwalker, Rachel began a public relations career with the team’s parent company, AeroSuperBatics Ltd.
Rachel became Head of Corporate Communications for the Air Cadet Association before joining the Red Arrows, where she headed their PR and marketing team. She was responsible for overseas ambassadorial tours to over 20 countries on behalf of the UK government. Her efforts earned her inclusion in the 2006 New Year Honours List.
Rachel’s subsequent fundraising career has included roles with the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Woodland Trust. She rejoined the RAF Association as Director of Fundraising and Trading in July 2015.
Rachel lives in Lincolnshire with her partner Ben (an engineer serving in the RAF) and an assortment of animals.
Johnston is a CIMA qualified chartered management accountant and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He has wide experience gained in senior finance and management roles in the RAF and from 2001 in the not for profit sector. He has filled a number of company secretary positions and has experience as a pension fund trustee and as a trustee Chair Of Audit Committee on a Higher Education Governance Board.
Johnston joined the RAF Association in March 2013 and is delighted to be part of the team and looks forward to contributing to its ongoing success.
Alyson Hunter was born in South Wales, the daughter of an Army Officer. After attending Moreton Hall in Shropshire, she joined the RAF in 1984 as an Administrative Secretarial Officer. Serving in a range of roles including time in Northern Ireland and as the first female adjutant to the RAF Regiment at Greenham Common, Alyson left in 1992 to manage the Outdoor Leisure Services across Cardiff.
Alyson carried out a number of roles with local government and settling in Leicestershire, where she worked for the Police for seven years as their HR Organisational Development and Change Manager. She studied with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, becoming a Chartered Fellow in 2004.
In 2005 Alyson became the Head of HR for the National Farmers’ Union, a membership organisation, and one of her first tasks was to relocate the staff from London to their new HQ at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. After a spell in 2009 as the Chief Executive of a charity supporting adults and children with learning difficulties, Alyson saw the position with the RAF Association advertised in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.
Alyson is married to Jim, a Chartered Financial Planner with his own pension and investment business in Leicestershire and has two step-daughters and a son. Her hobbies are skiing, yoga and going to the gym.
Gp Capt (Ret’d) Bill Mahon left the RAF earlier this year, having served in a wide variety of posts on units, at RAF Command HQ, MoD Central Staff and, more latterly, in Defence Equipment & Support, in a career lasting more than 30 years. Bill is married with two grown up children.