Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Portrait of Air Vice-Marshal Lord Beaverbrook

Air Vice-Marshal Lord Beaverbrook

3rd Baron Beaverbrook

The Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force (CG RAuxAF) attends the Air Force Board Executive, which is an advisory board that assists the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) in discharging his command, operational, executive, managerial and legal responsibilities as well as those as the Professional Head of the RAF. 

The CG is integral to meeting the RAF’s requirement for sufficient, capable and motivated personnel to deliver operational capability.  The CG is responsible for the provision of direction, management of and advice to the Honorary Air Commodores.

“I am extremely proud to be head of the RAuxAF (RAF Reserves) at a time when the Reservist contribution to the RAF is at its most significant since WW2.”


Air Vice-Marshal Lord Beaverbrook, a British peer, baronet, politician and businessman, was appointed Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 2016.

He is the grandson of the 1st Baron Beaverbrook (Minister of Aircraft Production 1940-1942) and the only son of Group Captain Sir Max Aitken DSO, DFC.

He was educated at Charterhouse, and at Pembroke College, Cambridge as well as attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2010.

He is the Chairman of the Beaverbrook/Aitken Family Office, which retains active investments in the UK, Europe and the US.

He has been a Director of the British Racing Drivers Club (owners of Silverstone) since 2015, and has been a Director of the British Powerboat Racing Club since 2000. He is active in various charities and is currently a Vice President of the National Association of Boys Club, and the Chairman of the Beaverbrook Foundation, of which he has been a Trustee since 1974. He was a Member of Council, Homeopathic Trust 1987 – 1992.

Lord Beaverbrook lives in Hampshire and London with his wife and has four children.  He has competed extensively in offshore powerboat racing marathon events; he won the prestigious Harmsworth Trophy in 2004. In International motor racing he won the European GT Championship in 1998, competed in the FIA World GT Championship in 1999 (winning private team), and the American Le Mans Series in 2000. He also enjoys shooting and aviation.

Career history

1985 - Member of the House of Lords

Lord Beaverbrook was then appointed Government Whip in 1986 and Junior Minister at the Department of Trade & Industry in 1987.

1990 – Appointed Treasurer of the Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher

Succeeding Lord McAlpine. He also served as Treasurer of the European Democratic Union.

1993 – Chairman of Highway One AG

A broadband, multimedia, data transport company that was then sold to Telefonica of Spain, in 2001.

2000 – Chairman of Net Integration Technologies Inc.

The company, based in Toronto, became part of IBM in 2008.

2004 – Joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

He became Honorary Air Commodore of 4624 (County of Oxford) Movements Squadron.

2009 – Promoted to be Honorary Inspector General, Royal Auxiliary Air Force

In the rank of Air Vice-Marshal

2016 – Appointed Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force


2017 - appointed ADC to Her Majesty The Queen

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