Tim Anderson (RAF officer)
Air Marshal Sir Timothy Michael Anderson, (born 2 February 1957) 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||2 February 1957|
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1979–2013|
|Commands held||Military Aviation Authority (2010–13)|
Air Warfare Centre (2005–07)
RAF Brüggen (2000–03)
No. 14 Squadron RAF (1999–00)
|Battles/wars||Operation Allied Force|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath|
Distinguished Service Order
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, being regraded to pilot officer in July 1980 following Initial Officer Training, and then promoted to flying officer in July 1981. 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; being promoted to flight lieutenant in July 1984 and squadron leader in July 1989.
In January 1997 he was promoted to wing commander and, in 1999, as Officer Commanding No. 14 Squadron, Anderson led the RAF Tornado commitment to the NATO Operation Allied Force over Kosovo, for which he was admitted to the Distinguished Service Order. Promotion to group captain in July 2000 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.
In September 2003 Anderson was appointed as Head of Deep Theatre Attack Capability, a 1-star appointment at the Ministry of Defence, his promotion to air commodore following in July of the following year. 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. In March 2007 Anderson was promoted to air vice marshal, moving to the Ministry of Defence as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In the 2009 Birthday Honours List he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath, and in 2010 was the recipient of the Curtis Sword, awarded by Aviation Week and Space Technology for leadership and cooperation in transatlantic relations.
Anderson was promoted to air marshal in April 2010, his initially announced appointment being as Deputy Commander-in-Chief – Operations at Air Command, but this was cancelled in order for him to be appointed the first Director-General of the new Military Aviation Authority, an independent organisation responsible for regulating and assuring operational and technical air safety within the UK military.
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| Commandant Air Warfare Centre
| Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
|New title|| Director-General, Military Aviation Authority