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Biography - Andrew Wakeham-Dawson

The Reverend Dr (Squadron Leader) Andrew Wakeham-Dawson BSc (Hons), PhD, Dip. Theol., CertEd (FE) RAF

Andrew Wakeham-Dawson was born in 1965 to a family of Sussex farmers. He studied Agriculture at Wye (now part of Imperial) College, London. After a brief time in the Army, he carried out a PhD ecology study on the effects of farming on wildlife (with the Game Conservancy Trust, 1992).

Looking for new adventures, Andrew joined the RAF at the beginning of 2004 after completing SERE at RAFC Cranwell. He trained for C of E ordination on the STETS Course at Sarum College, Salisbury. Before joining the RAF, he served as an NSM Priest in Central London while managing the notorious Genetically Modified Crop Farm Scale Evaluations Experiment for DEFRA and subsequently working as the Executive Secretary for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature at The Natural History Museum, London.

Andrew’s RAF postings have included RAF Wittering, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Stafford, RAF Sealand, RAF Halton and the tri-service Defence College of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park, Fareham. Three Out of Area deployments have included Afghanistan and two visits to the Falkland Islands. This has been a wide variety of postings in both peace and war. It has provided an unrivalled privilege to travel with many different people of diverse faiths or no particular faith through the many different and challenging situations that Armed Forces Personnel and their families face.

Andrew is married to Susie (a Children’s Book Editor) and they have two sons, aged 6 and 8. Andrew’s hobbies include travel and research, especially the ecology of hoverflies, butterflies and moths. Andrew and Susie have a canal boat moored on the River Wey for holidays.

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