The Royal Aero Club Chairman

The Chairman of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom is Patrick Naegeli who was appointed in April 2012. He succeeds David Roberts (now a Vice President of the RAeC) who retired after four years of outstanding leadership.


 
Patrick's involvement in the administration of air sports at a national level began in 2003 when he was asked to chair the British Gliding Association's Strategic Planning & Finance Committee. He carried out the role for 3 years before being elected as Chairman of the BGA in 2006. Patrick retired from that role in March 2012, having served the maximum, 6-year term of office.

Whilst being BGA Chairman, Patrick has focused on helping create and support expert teams to address fundamental strategic issues - for example, safety improvement, transition and operations under EASA, increasing participation levels, club development, and airspace negotiation. Whilst he is a strong believer in the values of empowering teams and delegating to experts, he is not averse to "leading from the front" when circumstances call for this. He has, on behalf of the BGA, led several of the major negotiations between UK gliding and the UK government and CAA and has worked closely with the General Aviation Alliance.
 
In addition to his gliding, Patrick is an active power pilot. He holds instructor and examiner ratings in both fields.
Professionally, Patrick is a management consultant. Having been a partner in one of the world's largest consulting firms for many years, he established a specialist strategy consulting firm about 10 years ago. He now holds a number of advisory board positions with companies in the aerospace, defence and security fields.
 
Patrick is married, has a daughter and lives in Hampshire - about 50 kilometres from London, but only 5 from the gliding club!

 

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