Gerry Mayhew

Air Marshal Gerard Michael David Mayhew, CBE (born 15 February 1969) is a senior Royal Air force officer, serving as Deputy Commander Operations, Headquarters Air Command since May 2019.

Gerry Mayhew
Born (1969-02-15) 15 February 1969
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1988 –
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 1 Group (2016–18)
RAF Leuchars (2013–14)
No. 13 Squadron RAF (2007–09)
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Early life and education

Mayhew was born on 15 February 1969 in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England. He was educated at St Benedict's Catholic High School, a voluntary aided Catholic school in Alcester, Warwickshire, and at Alcester Grammar School, a grammar school in Alcester.[1]

Military career

Mayhew was commissioned into the Royal Air Force on 28 July 1988 as an acting pilot officer.[2] He served as an air traffic control officer from 1988 to 1990.[1] In 1990, he trained as a pilot and became a Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI).[1] His early career as a pilot was spent flying the Jaguar and Tornado, and he has more than 3000 flying hours.[3] From 2007 to 2009, he served as Officer Commanding No. 13 Squadron RAF.[1]

In January 2013, Mayhew was appointed Air Officer Scotland and Officer Commanding RAF Leuchars.[3] One of his main duties was to oversee the transfer of Leuchars, then an RAF station, to the British Army as a barracks; this was finalised in March 2015. He stepped down as Air Officer Scotland on 17 November 2014.[4] From April 2015 to April 2016, he was a member of the Strategic Defence and Security Review Team in the Cabinet Office.[5] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6] On 28 April 2016 was promoted to air vice marshal and appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group.[7] In August 2018, he succeeded Air Vice Marshal Michael Wigston as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.[8] In May 2019, he became Deputy Commander Operations, Headquarters Air Command and was promoted to air marshal.[9]


  1. 'MAYHEW, Air Vice-Marshal Gerard Michael David', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 7 Nov 2017
  2. "No. 51524". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 November 1988. p. 12505.
  3. "RAF Leuchars commander to oversee handover to army". The Courier. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. "Senior Appointments". Royal Air Force. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. "Senior Appointments". Royal Air Force. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. "No. 61256". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2015. p. B7.
  7. "Senior Appointments". Royal Air Force. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  8. "Senior Appointments". Royal Air Force. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. "Senior Appointments". Royal Air Force. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Gavin Parker
Station Commander RAF Leuchars
Post disbanded
Air Officer Scotland
Succeeded by
Ross Paterson
Preceded by
Gary Waterfall
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Succeeded by
Harvey Smyth
Preceded by
Michael Wigston
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Ian Gale
Preceded by
Stuart Atha
Deputy Commander Operations
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