Tedder Academy of Leadership is responsible for delivering world-class, through career, air-minded Leadership and Command education and training within the RAF for all ranks. In doing so it supports the RAF objectives by delivering the air power leaders of the future. Airpower, air-mindedness and operational effectiveness underpin all Tedder activity, thus differentiating it from other similar institutions. The Tedder Academy is a constituent part of a ‘centennial reset of Trenchard’s persistent pursuit of training and education excellence’, itself part of the RAF100 legacy line of operation. The academy will, therefore, operate in a way that promotes a reputation for excellence and ensures a continues legacy. The Tedder Leadership Academy will engage with all RAF personnel but also develop and strengthen relationships with our Sister Services, academic institutions and foreign militaries.


Tedder Leadership Academy

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Group Captain Emma Keith BA MSc RAF

Group Captain Emma Keith grew up in Guernsey, graduating from the University of Cardiff and becoming a member of Wales University Air Squadron before joining the Royal Air Force as a Flight Operations Officer in 1999.  

Her career has included a wide variety of roles: support to the Harrier GR7, deployments on HMS Illustrious, outer office, as both Aide-de-Camp and Personal Staff Officer; the first Ops Officer on the then newly established 5(AC) Sqn with responsibility for implementing the Mission Planning cycle; airfield management positions; detachments to Seeb, Oman in support of the Nimrod MR2 and to Al Udeid to work in the multi-national CAOC. She spent several years on detachment with the Army at the Land Warfare Centre, Warminster.  

Promoted to Wg Cdr she took post as Officer Commanding Initial Officer and Airmen Cadet Training Unit in April 2015. The first female to undertake the role, the College received its first ever triple outstanding rating from OFSTED under her tenure.

She received a national award as an Agent of Change in 2016 for her inclusive approach. Moving to the Tedder Academy in 2017 with responsibility for the direction of leadership and command training across the RAF. Gp Capt Keith moved into the position of Commandant Tedder Academy of Leadership in 2020. 

Gp Capt Keith has a Master’s in Leadership and a level 8 diploma in Strategic Direction. She is an Executive Coach, experienced mediator and qualified leadership instructor, qualified in several psychometrics, and has a real passion for helping people to achieve their full potential.  In the rare moments, her busy life allows, she also enjoys tennis, hiking, cycling, diving & skiing. 

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