New RFCA chairman appointed


Retired Lieutenant Colonel David Rhodes has been appointed chairman of the RFCA, succeeding Air Commodore Ian Stewart who stood down from the position in April.

David has a wealth of military experience. He spent 26 years in the Army Reserves, during which time he was selected to attend the Canadian Staff College and to undertake an operational tour of Iraq in 2004. He took command of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) in 2008 and retired from military service in 2011.

In his civilian career David undertaken roles in a number of sectors including engineering, transport and defence and he currently owns and runs a medical equipment company. He has been a member of the RFCA for ten years, and a member of the Association Board for the last four years. He has served as both the chair of the Association’s Financial Advisory Board and latterly as the Vice-Chair (Army).

Challenging time

“I take over the chairmanship of the association’s board at a challenging time,” said David. “The association is having to adapt to a new and novel way of working during the Covid19 epidemic to ensure that we can continue to support our reserves and cadets, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated and competent regional team to do this. In addition, the next two years will see some significant restructuring of the RFCA nationally, and we need to ensure that the regional voice, and in particular the needs of Yorkshire and Humberside, are heard during the planning and transition. I am blessed with a highly capable and engaged association board, as well as a dedicated governance team drawn from our volunteer membership, so I am confident that we will emerge from both these challenges stronger and more capable than ever”.

The role of chairman requires David to lead the board in directing the association’s strategy and to ensure the required governance of the organisation. He also represents the Regional Association on the National Council. 

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