Air Commodore Ian Stewart CBE DL
Ian studied Aeronautical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Southampton before joining the Royal Air Force as a pilot.
During his military service he flew fast jet aircraft in operational and training roles and served in a number of senior operational roles in the Ministry of Defence, the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters and NATO Airbase Ramstein in Germany and was the Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation from 2008 to 2010.
His last appointment in the military was as the Senior National Military Representative for the UK in the NATO Headquarters in SHAPE, Belgium. He left full-time military service in 2013 and became a member of the RAF Reserves serving with the RAF’s Service Complaints Team.
He has many voluntary responsibilities in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is a member of the Rotary Club, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Ian assumed the Chairmanship of the RFCA in April 2018
Colonel (Retd) Jason Wright
Colonel Jason Wright took up the post of Chief Executive for the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber in April 2016 on retirement from the Army. A former infantry officer, his last post was on the General Staff in London where he led on strategic-level engagement for the Army, working with Parliamentarians, Other Government Departments, academia and military think tanks, helping to guide the Army through the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. He commissioned into The Green Howards in 1989 and served in a wide variety of Joint and Army posts during 27 years of service.
In 2012 – 13 he commanded Northumbria Universities Officer Training Corps in Newcastle. Prior to that he worked in the Ministry of Defence where he was a member of the Army Strategy Team over the period of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 and the subsequent design of Army 2020.
From 2006 to 2009 he was seconded to HM Treasury as the Defence Policy Adviser, charged with advising on all aspects of the additional costs of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Urgent Operational Requirement approvals. In 2005 he read for an MPhil in International Relations at Pembroke College, Cambridge. As a company commander in the Green Howards he commanded in the Armoured Infantry role and in Northern Ireland.
He completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2001 and an MBA in 2000. In his early career he served in the Airmobile and Armoured Infantry roles in England and with the British Army of the Rhine in Germany, with operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.
He is married to Jo and they live in North Yorkshire
Deputy Chief Exective
Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) J D Bleasdale
Jeremy Bleasdale served in the Army for 36 years as an Artilleryman and during that time served all over the world.
Within the UK this included two years with a TA unit, two years developing operational requirements and a year as an expert witness for a public inquiry.
He also spent a significant amount of time in Northern Ireland; worked as an exchange instructor with the United States forces in America; spent nine years with units in Germany; and was an Executive Officer at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. In addition to this, Lieutenant Colonel Bleasdale spent four years in Kuwait as a supporter and advisor to the Kuwait Armed Forces, and, whilst at NATO Headquarters, was part of the International Military Staff, as one of the staff officers responsible for current operations.
On leaving the Army in 2006, Jeremy took up the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber. This role includes being the Chief of Staff for the Association, with a particular responsibility for cadet and youth matters and the administration outputs of the Association. He is also a qualified project manager.
Jeremy is a keen sailor, is a member of the Royal Artillery Yacht Club and enjoys country pursuits. He is married to Juliet, has two children and lives in North Yorkshire.