Tim Anderson (RAF officer)

Air Marshal Sir Timothy Michael Anderson, KCB, DSO (born 2 February 1957)[1] is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer. He served as the inaugural Director-General of the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) from 2010 to 2013. The MAA was established in response to the Haddon-Cave Review into the issues surrounding the loss of an RAF Nimrod over Afghanistan in September 2006. Earlier in his career he was a fast jet pilot, primarily flying the Tornado Ground Attack aircraft, and as Officer Commanding No. 14 Squadron led the United Kingdom's Tornado commitment to Operation Allied Force, the air campaign over Kosovo in 1999, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of UK regional airline Flybe.

Sir Tim Anderson
Born (1957-02-02) 2 February 1957
Belfast, Northern Ireland
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1979–2013
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldMilitary Aviation Authority (2010–13)
Air Warfare Centre (2005–07)
RAF Brüggen (2000–03)
No. 14 Squadron RAF (1999–00)
Battles/warsOperation Allied Force
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Service career

Anderson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy and King's College London (MA). He was commissioned as an acting pilot officer in July 1979,[2] being regraded to pilot officer in July 1980 following Initial Officer Training,[3] and then promoted to flying officer in July 1981.[4] He began his operational flying career in 1983 on the Tornado Ground Attack aircraft and served successively on front-line squadrons, including an exchange tour with the Royal Australian Air Force flying the F111, and operational deployments to the Middle East;[5] being promoted to flight lieutenant in July 1984[6] and squadron leader in July 1989.[7]

In January 1997 he was promoted to wing commander and,[8] in 1999, as Officer Commanding No. 14 Squadron, Anderson led the RAF Tornado commitment to the NATO Operation Allied Force over Kosovo,[5] for which he was admitted to the Distinguished Service Order.[9] Promotion to group captain in July 2000[10] was accompanied by appointment as the Station Commander of RAF Brüggen in Germany, in which role he oversaw the closure of the RAF's last overseas Main Operating Base and the return of its personnel to the United Kingdom.[5]

In September 2003 Anderson was appointed as Head of Deep Theatre Attack Capability, a 1-star appointment at the Ministry of Defence,[5] his promotion to air commodore following in July of the following year.[11] After the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2005, he was appointed Commandant of the Air Warfare Centre (and Assistant Chief of Staff – Intelligence at Strike Command) in August of that year.[5] In March 2007 Anderson was promoted to air vice marshal,[12][13] moving to the Ministry of Defence as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.[14] In the 2009 Birthday Honours List he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath,[15] and in 2010 was the recipient of the Curtis Sword, awarded by Aviation Week and Space Technology for leadership and cooperation in transatlantic relations.[5]

Anderson was promoted to air marshal in April 2010, his initially announced appointment being as Deputy Commander-in-Chief – Operations at Air Command,[16] but this was cancelled in order for him to be appointed the first Director-General of the new Military Aviation Authority,[17] an independent organisation responsible for regulating and assuring operational and technical air safety within the UK military.[5]

Anderson was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2013 New Year Honours List.[18]

Commercial career

In November 2018 Anderson was appointed Chief Operating Officer with Flybe, the largest regional airline operating in Europe.[19]


Anderson is the President of the RAF Rugby Union and President of the Northern Ireland Wing of the Air Training Corps.[5] He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.[5]

He is married with two adult daughters; other interests include cycling, golf, motor racing, leisure flying and cooking.[5]


  1. ‘ANDERSON, Air Marshal Timothy Michael’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 26 April 2013
  2. "No. 47943". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 September 1979. p. 11222.
  3. "No. 48337". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 October 1980. p. 14271.
  4. "No. 48683". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 July 1981. p. 9596.
  5. "MAA Director-General" (PDF). Military Aviation Authority. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  6. "No. 49828". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 August 1984. p. 10748.
  7. "No. 51799". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 1989. pp. 7803–7804.
  8. "No. 54642". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 January 1997. p. 217.
  9. "No. 55651". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 October 1999. p. 11556.
  10. "No. 55901". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 July 2000. p. 7250.
  11. "No. 57345". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 July 2004. p. 8396.
  12. "No. 58326". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 May 2007. p. 6985.
  13. "No. 58369". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 June 2007. p. 8769.
  14. "Air Rank Appointments List 07/06, 21 August 2006". Royal Air Force. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  15. "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 2.
  16. "Air Rank Appointments List 08/09, 27 October 2009". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  17. "Air Rank Appointments List 01/10, 4 March 2010". Royal Air Force. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  18. "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 2.
  19. "Former RAF pilot to take over as Flybe chief operating officer". Travel Weekly. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Commandant Air Warfare Centre
Succeeded by
J Stinton
Preceded by
Chris Moran
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Barry North
New title Director-General, Military Aviation Authority
Succeeded by
Barry North
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