• GPR Society

Our new Patron

Credit: Alex Chamberlin

We are delighted to announce that Major General Neil Sexton has accepted our invitation to become our Patron.

Neil Sexton was commissioned into the Army Air Corps in 1990. After a cavalry attachment including The Gulf War, he completed the Army Pilots Course and was awarded his 'Wings' in December 1991.

He has commanded Army or Tri-Service aviation at every rank up to brigadier. He has flown operationally in Northern Ireland (1992), in Iraq (2003), where he commanded 659 Squadron and in Afghanistan, where he was Commanding Officer of the Joint Helicopter Force and later Commander of the UK Joint Aviation Group (2007 and 2012). He was Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command and the professional head of Army Aviation from 2013-15.

On the Staff, Neil Sexton has been an instructor at both The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is now in his fourth communications role, having been appointed Director Army Engagement & Communications in November 2018.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Freeman of the Company of Communicators, Assistant Colonel Commandant AAC, Honorary Colonel of Sheffield UOTC, President of Army Gliding and Commodore of Army Sailing.

As the Society looks forward to the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Regiment in 2022, we consider this new chapter to be a fitting way to celebrate the history and heritage of our charity and the Regiment and look forward to working with Neil.

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