Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary

Portrait of Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot


The mission of Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary (COS Pers/Air Sec) is to manage the Royal Air Force’s Servicemen and women and to provide the supporting policies to enable an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force. 

COS Pers/Air Sec has the lead for all RAF recruitment and manning issues, including advising on senior appointments, officers, non-commissioned aircrew and ground trades careers. 

COS Pers/Air Sec is also responsible for operational manning issues plus the development and implementation of personnel policy and Reserves policy.


Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot was appointed Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary in 2016 taking over from Air Vice Marshal David Stubbs.

She joined the RAF in 1985 as an Air Traffic Control Officer after gaining her degree from Glasgow University.

She has served at many RAF stations, including Brize Norton, Valley, Leeming and Marham.

Following promotion to Squadron Leader and an appointment as the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at Linton-on-Ouse, she moved to the Ministry of Defence where she carried out staff officer and programming roles in both Operational Requirements and the Capability Management Organisation.

She attended the Number 4 Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2000 and following promotion to Wing Commander, she was then appointed as the Personal Staff Officer to the Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command/Air Member for Personnel based at HQ Personnel and Training Command at RAF Innsworth.

After completion of her appointment as the Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Northolt, she returned to Shrivenham in 2006 as a member of the Advanced Command and Staff Course Directing Staff.

She then attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2010 prior to her appointment as Officer Commanding RAF Halton.

Married to James, she has 2 children and enjoys photography, running and dog walking and squeezing in her passion for skiing, motorbikes and cooking around a busy family life.

Career history

1985 - Joined the RAF

Chris Elliot joined the RAF in 1985 after gaining her degree at Glasgow.

2007 – Promoted to Group Captain

Upon promotion, she fulfilled the roles of Group Captain Airspace Control Capability and the Safety Regulator in the Defence Airspace and Air Traffic Management organisation.

2010 – Station Commander RAF Halton

2012 – Appointed Group Captain Programmes in Finance, Programmes and Plans at HQ Air Command

2014 – Promoted to Air Commodore

Joined No. 22 (Training) Group Director of Ground Training/Senior Air Staff Officer.

2016 – Appointed Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary


2014 - appointed CBE

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