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AOC 22 (Training) Group

Air Vice-Marshal Warren ('Bunny') James CBE MA CMgr CCMI FRAeS RAF

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Air Vice-Marshal James joined the Royal Air Force on a scholarship in 1985. A helicopter pilot and instructor in his early service, he has operated all over the world. During his career he has commanded the UK’s tri-Service helicopter instructor school, a Search & Rescue squadron (No 202) and, as Station Commander, the base at RAF Shawbury, delivering the UK’s tri-Service helicopter crew training, Air Traffic Control and Flt Operations specialisations.

He has interspersed flying with staff functions. These have spanned operational coordination, intelligence, HR, training and defence policy. He has served in AIR Command, the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, Headquarters United States Central Command, the UK’s Joint Staff College, Joint Helicopter Command, on deployed operations and in the Ministry of Defence.

Appointed as Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group, on promotion, in June 2017, he is one of only 4 RAF Group Commanders and one of only 6 Operational Duty Holders for aviation safety across Defence. As Chief of Staff Training to the Royal Air Force he is responsible for training development across the RAF, with primary oversight of: Initial Officer and Airman/Airwoman training, the Defence College of Technical Training, the Military Flying Training System, International Defence Training (Air), Leadership & Management training, personnel development and Adventurous Training, RAF Sport and the Air Cadet Organisation.

The Air Vice-Marshal is also the RAF’s Gender Advocate and Board Member of the RAF Sports Federation.

With over 4500 hours of military flying, the Air Vice-Marshal was Mentioned in Dispatches during his first tour, awarded a MBE for air operations coordination in 2000 and a CBE for innovative leadership, outreach and national engagement activities in 2012. With a Masters degree from Kings College London, he is also a graduate of both the Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses. A Chartered Manager, he is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, as well as a board advisor to the Personnel Development Partnership, a senior HR professional’s body. Married with 2 sons, he enjoys the outdoors, is President of RAF Basketball and is a keen digital photographer.

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