Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Air Force Board Standing Committee
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Air Vice Marshal Lord Beaverbrook
Air Vice Marshal Lord Beaverbrook, a British peer, baronet, politician and businessman, was born in 1951.
He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Beaverbrook (Minister of Aircraft Production 1940-1942) and the only son of Group Captain Sir Max Aitken DSO, DFC and Bar.
He was educated at Charterhouse, and at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and worked at Express Newspapers from 1973
After becoming a member of the House of Lords in 1985, Lord Beaverbrook was appointed Government Whip in 1986 and Junior Minister at the Department of Trade & Industry in 1987.
He was appointed Treasurer of the Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher in 1990, succeeding Lord McAlpine. He also served as Treasurer of the European Democratic Union.
In 1993, Lord Beaverbrook’s interest in the telecom industry led to the formation of Highway One AG, a broadband, multimedia, data transport company, of which he was Chairman until 1999. The company was sold to Telefonica of Spain, in 2001. From 2000-2007 he was Chairman of Net Integration Technologies Inc of Toronto, now part of IBM. He remains the Chairman of the Beaverbrook/Aitken Family Office, which retains active investments in the UK, Europe and the US.
He was a Director of the British Racing Drivers Club (owners of Silverstone) from 2006-2008, and has been a Director of the British Powerboat Racing Club since 2000. He is active in various charities and is currently a Vice President of the National Association of Boys Club, and the Chairman of the Beaverbrook Foundation, of which he has been a Trustee since 1974. He was a Member of Council, Homeopathic Trust 1987 – 1992.
Lord Beaverbrook joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 2004, becoming Honorary Air Commodore of 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron. In 2009, he was promoted to be Honorary Inspector General, Royal Auxiliary Air Force in the rank of Air Vice Marshal. In May 2016 he became Commandant General, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, with attendance at the Air Force Board.
He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2010.
Lord Beaverbrook has competed extensively in offshore powerboat racing marathon events; he won the prestigious Harmsworth Trophy in 2004. In International motor racing he won the European GT Championship in 1998, competed in the FIA World GT Championship in 1999 (winning private team), and the American Le Mans Series in 2000. He also enjoys shooting and aviation.
He married Susan (Susie) More O’Ferrall in 1974.
They have two sons and two daughters.
They live in Hampshire and London.