Tom Bennington (Group Captain RAF (Retd)) Served as a military ISR pilot from 1985 to 2012 and has worked in several national command, policy and procurement related posts. Completing tours with the US Navy as a Test and Evaluation Department Head, on the NATO Maritime HQ staff as Chief of Staff Air and, most recently as the Assistant Head of Nuclear Capability and Programme Director of the Underwater Programme in the UK MOD. A professionally qualified Programme Manager, he hold a MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London and a BSc in Mathematics and Physics.
He has significant operational experience and was the Chief of Staff to the UK's Expeditionary Air Wing in Basrah, Iraq in 2007. Since joining the EDA in 2013, Tom has worked in several disparate areas including green energy, airlift, RPAS, helicopters and has led the Agency's efforts in Education Training and Exercises. He is the Chairman of the EDA's European MALE RPAS User Community and responsible for the creation of new Education, Training and Education projects.