Squadron Leader Paul Thompson RAF VR(T):
Became involved with the squadron after his son joined as a cadet and he was impressed with what a positive impact 146 had on his development. He joined as a Civilian Instructor in 1995 and then gained a commission in 1999. Since retiring he can now devote even more time to 146! He took command of the Squadron in July 2008.
Flying Officer Mark Lever RAF VR(T):
Mark was a cadet with 146 Squadron between 1978 and 1987, reaching the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, when he left for university to study Business Studies and Law. He re-joined the Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in 2007 and was commissioned as an Officer in 2008. He looked after First Class training for a number of years and currently manages Health and Safety and maintenance of the Squadron’s vehicles. Mark is a qualified Solicitor and criminal defence specialist based in Liverpool.
Flying Officer Martin Moores RAF VR(T):
Martin was a cadet for seven years, reaching the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. In August 2006 he became a Civilian Instructor on the staff team, mainly looking after the Sqn I.T, media, website, administrative duties and eventually becoming Squadron Adjutant. After seven years as a civilian, Martin applied for and was accepted for commission, becoming a Pilot Officer in 2014. Martin currently works as an IT Support Technician at Winsford Salt Mine.
Flying Officer Sarah Ross RAF VR(T):
Sarah joined 146 as a cadet aged 13. After going to University and earning her degree and qualifications to become a teacher, she returned as a Civilian Instructor. In 2014 Sarah decided to go back into uniform and was accepted for a commission as a Pilot Officer. Alongside running the Squadron band, Sarah oversees the online administration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and runs our two BTEC Courses – in ‘Teamwork and Personal Development’ and ‘Music for Practical Performance’. In 2017, Sarah was promoted to Flying Officer and also took over the running of the First Class Training Course
Flying Officer Guy Story RAF VR(T):
Guy joined the Air Cadets in 1977, he attained the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer before joining the RAF in 1982. Whilst in the RAF, Guy retained his connection with the Cadets as an ACLO (Air Cadet Liaison Officer) and supernumerary staff on 2434 (Church Fenton) Squadron and then 207 (Cranfield) Sqns. He joined 202 (Winsford) Sqn in 1988, becoming Officer In Charge in 1990 and then transferring to 146 in 1991. He ran the First Class Training Course and then became Commanding Officer in 1993, before a job change took him abroad in 1996. In 2002 he returned as Commanding Offcier of 2056 (Knutsford) Sqn. After a short break, he returned in 2016 as a Pilot on 10 AEF and rejoined 146 Squadron, currently looking after the flight simulator, flying kit and extra AEF slot scrounging! Guy currently works as a Shark Awareness Diving Instructor at the Blue Planet Aquarium and is also a Chief Inspector in Cheshire Special Constabulary.
Flight Sergeant (ATC) Abi Hensby:
Abi joined 146 as a cadet in 2003 at the age of 14. Abi had an illustrious cadet career including achieving all three DofE awards, attending an International Air Cadet Exchange in the UK and achieving the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. At the age of 20 she transferred to staff as an Adult NCO, in this role she has attended several Corps Nordic Ski Camps and ran the Squadron’s First Class Training Programme. Abi was promoted to the rank of Adult Flt Sgt in August 2014 and currently oversees Drill and Discipline alongside NCO Development and Sports on the Squadron and with Merseyside Wing. Abi is the Operations Manager for GB Helicopters in Manchester, overseeing flight planning and all operations for the business.
Flight Sergeant (ATC) Dan Doherty:
Born in Liverpool, Dan first joined the Air Cadets in 2001 with 2348 (Maghull) Sqn. Having achieved the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant he went on to become a Civilian Instructor and later, in 2011, a uniformed member of staff.
In 2016 Dan moved to the Northwich area and joined the staff team at 146.
Currently an Adult Flight Sergeant, Dan is a qualified drill, radio and archery instructor.
Sergeant (ATC) Louise Royle:
Louise was a cadet at 145 (Altrincham) Squadron and joined at the age of 17. Whilst a cadet, she enjoyed flying, gliding and shooting and represented the cadets at various levels at sports, including representing the corps in athletics (long jump). She currently works as a Human Resources Manager at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Louise has a post graduate diploma in HR and has recently completed her MA in Strategic HR. She joined 146 in 2007 as a Civilian Instructor and oversaw the Sports section. In 2013 Louise went back into uniform as an Adult Sergeant and is currently in charge of Squadron supply, as well as being a qualified Basic Expedition Leader and Fieldcraft instructor.
Mr Brian Hensby:
Brian joined 296 (Stoke Newington) Squadron , London in 1966 then transferred to 306 (Runcorn) Squadron in 1968. Brian left the cadets in 1971 to join the Police. Brian has completed an A&B Certificate for Gliding and completed 43 hours towards a Private Pilot’s Licence. From 1999 until 2005, Brian was Air Operations Manager at the Police Air Support Unit in Cheshire and from there retired and went to work for the Highways Agency as an Operations Manager in the Traffic Officer Service. Brian joined 146 Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in early 2010 and currently looks after Flying and Gliding.
Mr Tony Fallows:
Tony has spent 30 years working for the Civil Aviation Authority as an air traffic controller, 21 years at London Heathrow Airport and nine years at the ATC area control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire until retirement in 2008. Tony still flies private aeroplanes as a member of the Shropshire Aero Club at Sleap near Shrewsbury. Tony joined 146 Squadron in 2011 as a Civilian Instructor, he is also an instructor with QAIC at RAF Linton-On-Ouse and assists in lecturing the BTEC In Aviation Studies subjects on Squadron.
Mr James Moores:
James was a cadet for almost seven years, attaining the rank of cadet Flight Sergeant and then became a Civilian Instructor when he turned 20. James completed a Computer Science degree in 2013 at the University of Chester and is currently working as an IT Support Analyst at the Bank of America. At the squadron James oversees admin flight and is in charge of maintaining and updating the Squadron website. In early 2016, James has started to take over the role of shooting officer.
Mr Matthew Dutton:
Matt joined the ATC in 1987 at 2532 (Milton Keynes) Squadron at the age of 14. He joined 146 Squadron in 2012 as a Civilian Instructor, lecturing and working on press releases for local media. Matt is also a team member at 632 VGS as a Civilian Gliding Instructor. Matt currently works as a development manager for Punch Taverns.
Miss Laura McNeil:
Laura originally joined the Air Cadets at 90 (Speke) Squadron as Secretary of the Civilian Committee, before becoming a Civilian Instructor and taking on the role of Adjutant. Following a move to Northwich in 2015, Laura transferred to 146 Squadron and has become involved in First Aid, Cadet ELA and general administration on the Squadron. Laura currently works as an Assistant Company Secretary for NWF Group in Wardle, Nantwich. Laura has a law degree, a post graduate diploma in legal practice and is currently undertaking further qualifications to become a Chartered Company Secretary.
Mr Joe Doyle:
Joe was a cadet Flt Sgt with 146, until reaching the age of 20 in May 2016. He stayed on at the Sqn as a Civilian Instructor, working in supply, helping on the shooting range as a coach and teaching classification subjects to cadets.
SAC Stephen Boswell (RAF)
Stephen who was also a cadet with 146, gaining the rank of Flt Sgt, left to join the RAF in March 2011 he now works as a supplier at RAF Brize Norton. He visits the Sqn when on leave and assists whenever possible, mainly with radio comms and fieldcraft. Stephen is a keen sportsman and obstacle course runner, completing his tenth Tough Mudder event in 2016!
Civilian Welfare Committee
Mr John Dwyer (President):
John is a former Police and Crime Commissioner and Assistant Chief Constable for Cheshire, the first to be elected to the role in 2012. He is a former Assistant Chief Constable and cabinet member on the Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council for three years. John became President of the Civilian Committee in 2015.
Mr Marshall Hunter (Chairman):
Marshall served in the Ulster Defence Regiment in Northern Ireland for three years. He is currently the Chairman of Northwich Royal British Legion, Poppy Appeal organiser for Northwich and Chairman of the 146 Civilian Committee.
Mrs Barbara Cengiz (Treasurer):
Barbara joined the Civilian Committee when her daughter became a First Class cadet in March 2017, taking over as Treasurer from Mrs Gail Snelson in June the same year.
With qualifications in business and finance, Barabara has over 30 years experience in an accountancy role, having worked in retail, construction, “B2B” and manufacturing.
Mrs Heather Yale (Secretary):
After seeing how much her son and daughter had benefited from being cadets, Heather decided to join the Civilian Committee in 2011, so that she could give some help and support back to the Squadron. With 14 years experience as an Executive Secretary, Heather was more than happy to take on the role of Secretary of the Committee, taking over in June 2014.
Mrs Val Hensby:
Val became involved with the Civilian Committee when my daughter joined the Squadron and the staff were looking for someone to bring out hot soup following a night exercise! Val was a Brownie and Guide in younger life. She was a Police Officer prior to having children and then worked in the Local Authority and Education, before retiring in 2015.
Mr Richard Lloyd:
Richard works for AstraZeneca as the Associate Director of Facilities at the Alderley Park site, Richard is responsible for all engineering activity on site. He is also a member of the AstraZeneca U.K. Engineering Leadership team. Richard joined the 146 Squadron Civilian Committee is 2015, after his daughter graduated from the First Class Training Course.
Mrs Sue Lever:
Sue became a member of the Civilian Committee at the end of 2014, with her husband Mark currently an Officer at the Squadron. Sue was a cadet herself for a short time. Her son was a cadet and she also has two daughters who both wish to join! Sue works as an Executive Assistant for a large Pharmaceutical company, a role that involves a lot of travelling.