Air Marshal Sir Julian Young


The Chief of Materiel (Air) is the senior officer responsible for delivering Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) outcomes in the Air Environment alongside other senior people from the Royal Navy, Army and Civil Service who focus on the other Defence Environments.

The DE&S is the name of the merged procurement and support organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence that came into being on 2 April 2007.

“I am immensely proud to be an RAF Engineer Officer, and to be responsible now for delivering Air’s equipment and support programme.  For me, it has always been about getting aircraft off the end of the runway, and inspiring the next generation to want to do the same - a great job.”


Air Marshal Sir Julian Young was appointed Chief of Materiel (Air) within DE&S in April 2016. 

He leads an organisation of some 1,950 military and civilian staff with the responsibility of putting to work an annual budget of around £4bn on equipping and supporting all of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) fixed-wing aircraft, and is the delegated Airworthiness lead for all MOD-operated aircraft.

He also is the focal point of contact within DE&S for the RAF, is a Member of the Air Force Board and Chief Engineer (RAF). He also has a MOD-wide role as the Defence Engineering Champion.

Previously, he was DE&S’s Director Helicopters, where he was responsible for equipping and supporting Defence’s rotorcraft. He was also the MOD’s first Defence Authority for Technical & Quality Assurance.

He is an Engineer Officer and early operational tours were on Support Helicopter squadrons, including Operation GRANBY (Gulf War I) and detachments to the Falklands. Later tours focused on Harrier GR7/T10 aircraft, both in the Project Team and operationally.

He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies 2006 Course. For the previous 2½ years he was engaged in change, leading the Air Team in the implementation of the Logistics End-to-End Review’s recommendations, including Forward & Depth organisations and Lean Techniques to the wider RAF, and then as Programme Director of the Defence Logistics Transformation Programme.

On promotion to 2-star rank in August 2009, he was appointed as Director Defence Support Review with responsibility for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Defence Support.

He is married to Helen, a health visitor, and they have 3 adult children.  His interests include impressionist art, military history and Radio 4.  He is also a keen supporter of Peterborough United Football Club.  Plus, he is a Governor of the City of Bath College; a Trustee of the Institution of Engineering & Technology; President of the RAF Microlight Flying Association and the Abbey Wood Field Gun Crew; and Director of RAF Active magazine.

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Career history

1980 - Joined the RAF

1985 - Junior Engineer Officer 7 Squadron (Chinook) at RAF Odiham

1990 - Senior Engineer Officer 18 Squadron (Chinook & Puma) at RAF Gütersloh

1991 – Served in the Gulf War

1999 - Office Commanding Engineering & Logistics Wing (Harrier) at RAF Cottesmore

2002 – Station Commander RAF Cosford

2007 – Assistant Chief of Staff A4 (Logistics & Operational Engineering) at HQ Air Command

2009 – Promoted to 2-star rank

Upon promotion, he was appointed Director Defence Support Review.

2010 – Appointed Chief of Staff Support, Chief Engineer Air and Executive Officer

2012 – Technical Director and Chief Information Officer for DE&S

2015 – Director Helicopters for DE&S

2016 – Appointed Air Member for Materiel and Chief of Materiel (Air)



2015 - elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

2013 - appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath

2000 - appointed OBE

2020 – appointed KBE

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