Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson


Air Officer Scotland supports the Air Force Board Executive Committee, through the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, in order to enhance the public image and positive awareness of the RAF across Scotland in line with the Defence Mission, the RAF Command Plan and the RAF Engagement Strategy by establishing and maintaining close liaison and working relationship with:

  • Leaders and Officials of the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and Community Councils
  • Lord Lieutenants
  • Regional senior Royal Navy and Army representatives
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Charities (esp Service Charities)
  • Veterans


Air Vice-Marshal Paterson was commissioned in 1983 and spent his initial years in the RAF in a variety of engineering and officer training appointments across the Service. He moved to RAF Leuchars as OC Administrative Wing in 1998 where he also served as a full member of its Mountain Rescue Team. In 2003 he was appointed as Station Commander RAF Brampton/Wyton/Henlow. He then returned to Whitehall as an Air Commodore where he provided the Defence lead for all personnel remuneration policy, including the introduction of a new Pension Scheme across the 3 Services. In 2009 he was invited to join of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office, advising on strategic leadership, before moving to HQ Air Command as Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel Policy (RAF).

On retirement in 2015, he became Air Officer Scotland as a Reservist. He was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2001 and then as a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2014. He was subsequently appointed as an ADC to Her Majesty the Queen in 2016 and is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Fife.

Air Vice-Marshal Paterson is married to Helen (a civilian Doctor) and has 2 sons, both now working as junior doctors. With a family home in Fife, his interests include his small-holding, rural life, hill walking and training a working dog for the first time.

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