HAAF – RESET and REBUILD – May 2023
Over the last few weeks we have faced a number of challenges as a charity. As you are no doubt well aware these resulted in a need for all HAAF operations to stop. A number of individuals have left the HAAF, some voluntarily, but I am pleased to report that the majority of members have remained. The Board’s intent is now to work closely with all members to Reset the HAAF and to move forward with a shared purpose and direction.
As a Board we have spent the last six months working very closely with the Army to enhance and protect the HAAF’s future. We have sought endorsement for our HAAF Business Case from the AAC’s Regt Col and Col Comdt and beyond that to senior levels within the Army. In doing this, our intention is to ensure we become much more closely aligned to the Army’s wider heritage, commemoration and veteran initiatives. This will obviously have some impact on our previous external-facing activity. The most important part of the HAAF is its members, you, and our veterans. Our closer alignment to Army heritage and Army Aviation will focus on veterans and their wellbeing.
For the moment, and while we work through the Reset phase the following statement will be posted on our website:
Notification of Temporary Disruption to HAAF Operations
Please be aware that as a result of some organisational and personnel changes within the HAAF, together with the hangar move, there will be some cancellation and disruption to planned events and operations over the next few months.
Rest assured that the HAAF will return to full operational status at the earliest possible opportunity. We are sorry for any disruption and disappointment that this may cause.
If you are unsure about whether a specific event or activity will be affected, then please contact me by email or mobile 07973 509357.
The Board are the trustees of the charity and responsible to the Charities Commission for the correct operation of the charity, within the rules and guidelines set by the Commission. As trustees we effectively own the charity’s assets and must protect them as well as ensure the charity’s volunteers are looked after correctly. The HAAF’s board is shown below. If you wish to contact any of the trustees directly, their emails are included:
HAAF Board/Charity trustees:
- Julian Hickman, Chair [email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com]
- Tim Rowntree (Safety) [firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com]
- Tim Goble (Finance) [firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com]
- Col Ed Butterworth (Regt Col AAC – designate) [firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com]
- Col Gavin Rundle (Head of Army Safety) [firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com]
Working with the Board are two leads, one each for Engineering and Operations. We also have a Flight Safety Officer who reports to the board on all matters of safety.
- Engineering – Steve Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Operations – tbc
- Flight Safety Officer – Paul Stanton (email@example.com)
We are in active discussions to fill the role of Operations lead. We hope to be able to announce the appointment in early June. This person will then be responsible for all aspects of the HAAF’s flying operations, aircrew, and liaison with Middle Wallop Ops and the museum.
I am pleased to report that Danny Frampton has kindly agreed to take on the running of our social media and alongside him Bob Gillan has offered to take the lead on our website. These are essential activities within the charity and we are very grateful to them both for taking on these key roles.
The Board will delegate to the engineering and operations leads an annually agreed budget. They will then have authority to buy products and pay bills as required within their agreed budgets.
We are currently working to review bookings that have been made for attendance at events (Duxford, Abingdon etc). Sadly, we will have to withdraw from many of these commitments. We are similarly cancelling museum-led introductory flying, and previous introductory flying days at the museum. In due course we hope to find an engagement lead to take on this role again.
We will keep aircrew manning under review. One of the first tasks for our new Operations lead will be to review all aspects of flying operations and aircrew; who is flying which aircraft and confirm requirements for replacement aircrew.
In closing, I would like to thank you each and every one of you for the support you have shown to each other and to the HAAF. We are making progress in resetting the HAAF, although we are about to enter a period of displacement as Hangar 3 is emptied to allow asbestos to be removed.
With best wishes,
HAAF Chairman for and on behalf of the Board/trustees