Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel and Capability
The Air Member for Personnel and Capability (AMP&C) is the senior Royal Air Force officer who is responsible for personnel and capability matters. He is in charge of all aspects of RAF capability, recruiting, training, career management and welfare.
AIR MARSHAL SEAN REYNOLDS CBE DFC RAF
Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability
A Support Helicopter pilot, Air Marshal Sean Reynolds was commissioned at RAF College Cranwell in 1984 and following pilot training was posted to fly Chinooks on 7 Squadron at RAF Odiham. Shortly after joining the Squadron he was selected to join the Special Forces Flight as the first ever ab-initio. During the 1991 Gulf War, he flew a number of missions into Iraq for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. On return he attended the Central Flying School (Helicopters) where he qualified as a helicopter flying instructor before returning to the Special Forces Flight as the resident Qualified Helicopter Instructor. Promotion to Squadron Leader followed with a flight commander appointment on 18 Squadron in Germany where he formed and lead 1310 Chinook Flight in support of NATO operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, receiving the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service.
Following promotion to Wing Commander, he spent four months in Bosnia as the Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter Force prior to attending the Joint Services Command and Staff College. On completion of this course he commanded No 27 Squadron, at RAF Odiham. During this time he led the Squadron on operational deployments to Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the OBE and latterly to Iraq. On his return from Iraq he became the Personal Staff Officer to the 4* Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command. In October 2005 Reynolds was promoted to Group Captain and appointed as the Station Commander of RAF Odiham.
Following station command he attended the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2008 and was made a CBE. Promoted to Air Commodore in December 2008 he held the appointment of Head of Air Resources and Plans in the MoD until 2010 before moving to become Head of Strategy Management and the Equipment Plan. On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, he took command of No 2 Group in January 2013 and also held the position of Chief of Staff Operations Air Command between Apr 13 and Mar 14. In June 2015 he was seconded to industry with the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group as the Programme Director for their Aviation Services Business Unit before returning to the RAF in May 2016 as the Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability.
Away from the RAF he is still passionate about flying. He is the President of the RAF Gliding & Soaring association, is the CFI of his gliding club and instructs PPL students on civilian helicopters. As a qualified Day Skipper, and keen dinghy sailor, he is also President of the RAF Sailing Association, making him the only Admiral in the RAF.