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Presidents

Lord Brabazon of Tara GBE MC PC
1922-1964

John Moore-Brabazon was a founding member and President of the society from 1922 until his death in 1964. His contribution to Aero and British golf was exceptional throughout his life and he was made Captain of the R&A in 1952. He was a pioneer aviator, being the first to be awarded the Aviators Certificate by the Royal Aero Club in 1910, flew with the RFC in WW1 as Lt Col, became an MP in 1918, conferred with a barony in 1942, awarded the GBE in 1953 and was a member of the Privy Council.

 Sir Robert Hardingham CMG OBE
1964-1980

Bob Hardingham joined the society in 1951 and was Aero Captain in 1957. His career in aviation initiated with De Havilland Aircraft Co and he became Chief Executive of the Air Registration Board (ARB). Latterly he became President of the Society of Licenced Aircraft Engineers and Technologists
 

Donald H Steel
1980-1983

Donald Steel joined the society in 1955 and was Aero Captain in 1966 and 1967 before becoming President in 1983. His connection with aviation is unclear but he worked for Scandinavian Steel Ltd in Henley in 1973 
 

John B Waite
1984-1995

John Waite joined the society in 1954 and was Aero Captain in 1961.  His aviation career embraced D Napier and Sons and Hawker-Siddeley Dynamics 
 

John MP Rutherford
1996-2011

John Rutherford joined the society in 1975 and was Aero Captain in 1989.  His aviation connection is through Shell UK Oil for the provision of aviation fuel and subsequently, he was a member of the grants board of the RAF Benevolent Society 
 

Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine GCB GBE FRAeS CIMgt
2011-

Paddy Hine Joined the society in 1977 and he initiated his career as a serial winner of every Aero trophy. He was the Aero Captain in 2000 and awarded honorary membership in 2002. His love for golf is legendary and he nearly became a professional in his youth. Of particular note, he won the Brabazon Trophy (a prestigious amateur event) at the age of 17 and it was presented to him in person by Lord Brabazon. In 2010/11, he was honoured by his being made Captain of the R&A. His aviation career began with national service, developed through to being OC 92 Sqn in ’62 (Lightnings), No17 Sqn (Phantoms) and continued with a series of advancements and major prestigious appointments until his retirement from the RAF in 1991. He them became a military adviser to British Aerospace before final retirement in 1999. He was awarded the GCB in 1989 and the GBE in 1991