Portrait of Air Vice-Marshal Gerry M. Mayhew

Air Vice-Marshal Gerry M. Mayhew


The Assistant Chief of the Air Staff is responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force.

Responsibilities include the RAF Strategy, national and international engagement, and media and communications. He also has overall responsibility for the RAF100 centenary programme in 2018.

The Assistant Chief of the Air Staff is a member of the Air Force Board, the Air Force Board Executive, and is a Non-Executive member of the Civil Aviation Authority Board.

Air power plays a key role ensuring the security and prosperity of the nation; I am proud to be part of the RAF team in the Ministry of Defence making that happen.


Raised and educated in Warwickshire, Air Vice-Marshal Gerry Mayhew was commissioned into the RAF in 1988.  After a tour as an Air Traffic Control Officer in RAF Germany, he re-mustered as a pilot and was posted to the Jaguar.  He became a Qualified Weapons Instructor and completed an operational exchange tour with the United States Air Force flying the F16C before returning to the Jaguar as a Flight Commander.  After a short ground-based operational tour in central Iraq, he assumed command of XIII Squadron flying the Tornado GR4 and later, as Air Officer Scotland, took command of RAF Leuchars, flying Typhoon.  Air Vice-Marshal Mayhew has amassed nearly 3000 flying hours and logged over 200 operational sorties.

He has completed staff tours in the RAF’s Personnel Management Agency and in the Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre.  In the Ministry of Defence, he has been the Senior Appointments Team Leader and, on promotion to Group Captain, spent 18 months as Assistant Director Joint Strike in the Directorate of Joint Capability.  He subsequently became the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.  As an Air Commodore, he worked in the Cabinet Office as the Deputy Director responsible for the Defence and Homeland Security aspects of the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Promoted to Air Vice-Marshal, he assumed command of the RAF’s No 1 Group in April 2016, responsible for the Force Generation of all Combat Air, ISTAR and Battlespace Management capabilities, as well as the UK JFAC.  He became the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in August 2018, and is responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force on behalf of the CAS.

Mayhew holds an MA in Defence Studies and has completed the Higher and Advanced Command and Staff Courses and the UK Pinnacle Course.  He is a Vice President of RAF Rugby Union.

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