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The Andrew Humphrey Memorial Lecture 2015 – Sir Gerald Howarth: UK Defence in a Dangerous World

The Andrew Humphrey Memorial Lecture will be on:

Monday the 28th September 2015

RAeS Headquarters
Hamilton Place
London W1J 7BQ

The speaker this year will be Sir Gerald Howarth, MP.

Please view the PDF flyer and booking form for more information.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks and buffet reception in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s elegant rooms.

Admission to the Lecture and subsequent Reception will be at the subsidised rate of £30 per member and £30 for subsequent guests.

Proceeds will go towards sponsoring flying scholarships for disadvantaged young people

Sir Gerald was elected MP for Cannock and Burntwood in 1983, becoming the only Conservative to hold the seat for 2 terms.  After losing his seat in 1992, he returned to Parliament in 1997 to represent the Aldershot constituency which includes Farnborough.  Between 2002 and 2010 he served as a Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for defence procurement and the Royal Air Force.  He served In the Coalition Government as Minister for International Security Strategy at the Ministry of Defence (2010-2012) with responsibility for the EU, defence diplomacy and exports.  He has been Vice-Chairman of the Defence Select Committee and served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.  Sir Gerald was also PPS to Margaret Thatcher (1991-1992).

Before he entered Parliament, Sir Gerald had a career in international banking, including with Standard Chartered Bank.

He studied English at the University of Southampton where he served with the University Air Squadron and was commissioned into the RAFVR.  Today, he is President of the British Air Display Association, Patron of Aerobility (the British Disabled Flying Association) and is a Trustee of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust and The British Forces Foundation.

Sir Gerald is married to Elizabeth and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a member of the RAE Aero Club, enjoys photography and is a church warden at the Royal Garrison Church in Aldershot.


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