It is our pleasure to welcome Al Hadfield to the Inzpire team.
Al joins us as the Engineering Development Partnership (EDP) Manager within the Technical and Strategic Services Division having previously served in the Royal Air Force for almost 28 years.
Al's RAF career began in 1994 as a Firefighter and he completed a variety of tours in the UK, Germany and Cyprus including deployments to the Falklands, Croatia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In between these tours he also covered UK Resilience operations during local and national fire strikes. He also completed assignments at the Armed Forces Careers Office in Manchester and as an instructor at the Defence Fire School, Manston, before commissioning into the Fire Branch where he was assigned into RAF Northolt as OC Fire and assisted with the 2012 London Olympics.
Following his second tour of Afghanistan, he completed the Flight Operations (Flt Ops) Officers Course and moved into mainstream Flt Ops, now known as the Air Operations Branch and was assigned into Air Command. Despite his best efforts he was unable to move away from fire type appointments and was involved in the Defence Fire Risk Project providing advice to the project team on military fire & rescue capabilities. Following further training and having completed the Air Operations Planning, Intermediate Weapons and ISR Foundation courses, he was eventually freed from all things fire and deployed to Cyprus on Op SHADER as the Deputy Chief of Staff Ops on 903 Expeditionary Air Wing. On returning to the UK he was then assigned into the ISTAR FHQ as a staff officer in the Operations & Plans Cell at RAF Waddington where he completed the ISR Practitioner Course and a degree in Organisational Capability Development.
With promotion to Squadron Leader, Al moved into the synthetic training environment as the Executive Officer at the Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC). Following the end of the Defence Synthetic Air Land Trainer contract, he was responsible for overseeing the move of the ABTC into a purpose-built facility as part of the Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) program and integrating the distributed synthetic training capability, known as project GLADIATOR. This was his last role before retiring from the RAF.
Al lives in Lincolnshire with his family and they enjoy walking, travelling and keeping their extremely energetic german shepherd entertained.
Welcome to the team Al!
We’re delighted to welcome Duncan Sackley, who joins Inzpire as a space consultant in our growing Space Division having previously spent 35 years in the Royal Air Force.
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