New Air League Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

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Nick West, MA, FRAES, has been ap­pointed Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Air League. Nick trained as a he­li­copter pilot with the Army Air Corps and flew Gazelles and Lynxes with Royal Marines 3 Com­mando Brigade Air Squadron for four years, in­clud­ing a five­month pe­riod as the de­tach­ment com­man­der in Belize and also on the re­lief op­er­a­tion Safe Haven in Kur­dis­tan in 1991. Af­ter leav­ing the ser­vice he has worked in cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, pub­lic af­fairs and mar­ket­ing in the avi­a­tion, aero­space, de­fence and se­cu­rity in­dus­tries with Ra­cal Elec­tron­ics/ Thales, Boe­ing and Raytheon UK. He is a past Chair­man of the Avi­a­tion Club of the United King­dom, a for­mer Trustee of the Air League and a Fel­low of the Royal Aero­nau­ti­cal So­ci­ety.

“The Air League is syn­ony­mous with the avi­a­tion and aero­space in­dus­tries which have al­ways been in­spir­ing to me, as they en­cap­su­late imag­i­na­tion, ex­plo­ration, pi­o­neer­ing spirit, tech­no­log­i­cal en­deav­our, dili­gence and team work,” he says. “My vi­sion for the Air League is to grow its brand eq­uity as an au­thor­i­ta­tive in­dus­try voice, which stands for a num­ber of key is­sues in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to the health of the in­dus­try and UK eco­nomic suc­cess. The im­pact of the Air League has been tremen­dous over my twenty years’ in­volve­ment, and in fu­ture the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be de­vel­op­ing a clearer ap­proach to cam­paign­ing, to bet­ter sup­port our cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual mem­bers.

"En­hanc­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of the Air League to de­liver prac­ti­cal and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to ben­e­fi­cia­ries is a core ob­jec­tive, where we are al­ready ex­pand­ing the scope of the or­gan­i­sa­tion con­sid­er­ably.”

ABOVE: Nick West, newly ap­pointed Air League Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

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