Mr Archie Neill
Archie started his career in the Royal Air Force in 1983 and after receiving his wings in 1986 he spent the subsequent 3 years as a first-tourist QFI on the Hawk T1 at Valley. From 1989 to 1996 he became an Air Defence pilot flying Tornado F3 and gained operational experience in Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Storm), and Bosnia-Herzegovinia (Bosnian war of 92-95). During 1991/92 he was the Tornado display pilot, and in 1993 he obtained the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air. He first served on 25 Squadron, and then as a Flight Commander on V Squadron and 29 Squadron, the F3 OCU. His last role in the Service was in Operational Requirements, where he was responsible for co-ordinating the 4-Nation assessment of the Eurofighter cockpit design and Weapons System interface. Archie joined BAE Systems in 1998 and has served in many roles including the joint Typhoon avionics team, Typhoon Training IPT Leader, Typhoon Entry-into-service manager and BAE Systems Chief Flying Instructor. In 2006 he became the Head of Training for export programs and in 2013 he took on the role of Training Director responsible for the training strategy and service delivery for Military Air and Information within BAE Systems. At the end of 2017 he took on the role of Director of Operational Training, in support of the synthetic training initiative for the RAF. Archie is married with three sons, and in his spare time enjoys running, painting, sailing, occasional scuba diving and skiing, and plays a form of golf.