Spring Dinner with guest speaker Air Marshal Sir Rich Knighton

14 March, 1830 - 2300


RAF Club

Challenges and Opportunities for the Future

Rich Knighton joined the RAF in 1988 as a University Cadet and studied Engineering at Clare College Cambridge. He spent his early career working as an engineer officer on Nimrod and Tornado F3 aircraft and several tours on the Harrier force including Senior Engineer Officer on 20 Sqn – the Harrier OCU at RAF Wittering. After 2 years in this role, including a short stint as Senior Engineer Officer on 1 Squadron in Italy during the Kosovo campaign, he was posted to the Tornado Integrated Project Team as the fleet manager for all marks of Tornado. 

He attended ACSC in 2003/4 before returning to the Harrier Force, transforming the way the Harrier was supported by industry. He was selected to be the MA to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in MOD. Promoted to Group Captain in 2007, he became Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Strategy and Plans at Air Command. He attended the RCDS in 2009, after which he took up his appointment as the RAF’s Logistics Force Commander and Station Commander at RAF Wittering.

Air Marshal Sir Rich Knighton KCB FREng
In 2011 as Air Commodore, he became Head of Finance and Military Capability (Air) in the MOD before setting up and leading the FCAS Programme in 2014. In 2015 he was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and appointed as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In this role he oversaw the development of the RAF’s strategy and the planning for RAF 100. He became Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design) in 2017 and in 2019 he was promoted to Air Marshal and appointed to Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability). He was appointed to his current role as Deputy Commander for Capability and People in May 2022.

Drinks in the Churchill Bar at 1830 followed by dinner in the Sovereign’s Suite at 1930. Carriages at 2300.
Dress code is business attire. 
Corporate member seats £139. Individual member seats £69.
No invitations or tickets will be sent. Please check in at reception on arrival.