Trustee Profiles

Meet our leadership team…

Civil Air Support relies upon the dedication and generosity of its members, each of whom has a social and environmental conscience as well as the opportunity and skills to be able to support the charity in their own individual way. With a membership of some 200+ volunteers, CAS is fortunate to be able to draw upon a wide pool of talent. At the head of the organisation, a group of dedicated Trustees provide strategic guidance and set policy to ensure the long term positive impact of Civil Air Support. Their profiles are provided here.

Archie Liggat, Chairman

Archie was born in Grantown-on-Spey, Moray and went to Glasgow University where he graduated with a BSc Hons in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980. He then spent 16 years in the Royal Air Force as a fast jet pilot, instructor and fast-jet squadron commander. After flying Airbus A320s with Air 2000, Archie joined British Airways on the Boeing 747-400 fleet. Now retired, he has over 19,000 hours of flying experience.

Norman Sutherland, Secretary

Norman was born in Castletown, Caithness and studied at Dundee University, most recently gaining an MBA in 2000. After 20 years working as a clinician and senior manager in the NHS, he moved into the private sector and established his own emergency services consultancy business in 2015. He still manages this from his home in central Scotland, travelling throughout the UK and further afield. Norman has flown recreationally for nearly 20 years and is a former Director of the Scottish Aero Club.

Will Roomes, Treasurer

Will grew up in Bedford and on leaving school joined the Army and spent 14 years in The Band of The Grenadier Guards. During this time, he graduated with BSc (Hons) degree with The Open University. After a few years working as a Structural Engineer, he became a Secondary School Physics Teacher working in the UK and abroad. Latterly Will became a Gyrocopter Instructor and Examiner and is now the owner of Highland Aviation flying school at Inverness Airport, where he trains the next generation of Gyrocopter Flight Instructors.

David W Brown, Operations manager

David was born in Sedgefield, Co Durham and entered the RAF as an Acoustic Warfare specialist, after a brief period in industry. Subsequently commissioned as an Air Electronics Officer, he completed 36 years’ service including instructional, command and staff tours both at home and overseas. After retiring from the RAF, he instructed Air Cadets flying the Vigilant motor glider and is an active member of Morayvia, an Aerospace and Science Centre at Kinloss.

Guy Gratton, Operations Manager (Scientific Missions)

Guy started his working life as a Royal Aircraft Establishment Apprentice, and his flying life with Southampton University Air
Squadron – where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and later PhD in aeronautical engineering. He worked as a Flight Test Engineer for the MoD for some years, then was Chief Technical Officer at the BMAA. Since then, he has worked in aerospace teaching and research, most recently at Cranfield University where he’s Associate Professor of Aviation and the Environment.

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