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Squadron Structure

Flt Lt Matthew Lawrance RAFVR(T) – Officer Commanding

Flt Lt Lawrance, has been Officer Commanding 1824 (Saffron Walden) Sqn since Feb 2012, when took over command from Flt lt Barry Nisbett. Flt Lt Lawrance has served the Squadron as a member of staff since 2003, and was commissioned into the RAF VR(T) in August 2008. Flt Lt Lawrance has a Private Pilots License and enjoy various sports outside the Corps.

Plt Off Marcus Hodges RAFVR(T) – Sqn Training Officer






Plt Off Hodges joined the squadron in 2017 after successfully completing his Initial Officer Training. Plt Lt Hodges was previously a cadet and Member of staff at 309 (Sawbridgeworth) Sqn ATC. Plt Off Hodges is the Squadron Training Officer and Second in command. Plt Off Hodges is also a supernmerary on 614 SQN VGS, where is an instructor and PTT Trainer.

WO (ATC) Charles Riley – Squadron Warrant Officer






WO (ATC) Riley, has been with the Squadron for 5 years, and has been with the Corps for over 13 years previously being at 494 (Stansted Airport) Sqn. WO (ATC) Riley is the Squadron Warrant Officer and is in charge of the Drill, Dress and Discipline. WO (ATC) Riley is our Sqn Duke of Edinburgh Awards Officer

 Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Mike Dodd – Squadron Adjutant

Squadron Staff, Air Cadets

Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Dodd is the Squadron Adjutant, and has a long history within the Corps. Previously holding the rank of Sqn Ldr and being the Wing training Officer before retiring and coming to the Squadron. Sqd Ldr (Ret’d) Dodd is responsible for the day to day administration of the unit. Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Dodd is also our Sqn CVQO Officer, and heads up the shooting training.

 CI Katherine Ansell – Squadron Staff

Squadron Structure, Air Cadets

Civilian Instructor Ansell is our main First Aid instructor.

 CI Piers Herbert – Squadron Staff

CI Herbert is an experienced Pilot and who is now a flight instructor and ATPL trainer. CI Herbert is also a supernumerary on 614 SQN VGS, where is an instructor and PTT Trainer. CI Herbert concentrates on our Flight Training.

CI Kate McCaffery – Squadron Staff

CI McCaffery comes to the squadron as an experience administrator within the Corps, as previously she has been the Wing administrative assistant  within Essex Wing HQ.

 Canon Chris Bishop – Squadron Padre

Canon Bishop is the Squadron Padre.