Leadership

Leadership

2019 Club Captain

Roger Wood

Roger Wood
2019 Captain and Honorary Secretary

Roger joined the club in 2014 and has been an active member ever since . He took part in the 2015 Falklands Yomp, the 2016 South Pole Trek and the 2018 Dambusters Ride to the Mohne Dam in Germany.

Roger was born into an RAF family, his mother was a wireless operator in the WRAF and his father was a bomb aimer on Lancasters with No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron.

Roger was in the Pet Food business for many years and successfully exited in 2016 having built a fantastic business. Roger in his year of captaincy is set to raise £100k for the RAF Benevolent Fund from sales of the RAF Spitfire Motorbikes which has been developed by CCM Motorcycles in Bolton.

He is a passionate classic car collector and supports many classic car events throughout the year, raising money exhibiting his 1966 Batmobile dressed as Batman. Roger also loves Cycling and Yoga.

He lives in Cheshire with his wife Rosie, two kids, Rowan and Holly and the two dogs.

2020 Club Captain

Sally Marsden

Sally Marsden

Sally, a solicitor, attended school in Blackpool before going on to Newcastle University to read Law. At University Sally was one of the first female pilots in the University Air Squadron system. She attained her wings on Northumbrian UAS and was a fully committed member of the Squadron. Following graduation Sally went to Law School to qualify and then began to practice.

She specialises in litigation and is Managing Partner at Mayfair Rise Solicitors in London. Sally is married to Mark and they have two children. Sally is a passionate supporter of the RAF, her brother was a helicopter pilot in the RAF and she cares deeply for the welfare of RAF people. A high level skier and fantastic leader we are delighted that she is our Captain next year.

Permanent members of the club committee

Peter Finnie

Peter Finnie
President

Peter was educated at Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School in Salisbury and the University of Durham, where he studied Engineering.

Having a father who was a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, Peter has long had a strong affiliation with the Royal Air Force. Whilst at school in Salisbury, he received an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship which allowed him to learn to fly at Compton Abbas airfield while studying for his A-Levels. He also flew extensively with Northumbrian University Air Squadron based at RAF Leeming in Yorkshire. He spent three long summers attached to the test squadrons at MoD Boscombe Down where he gained flying experience across a wide range of aircraft types. He is a member of the RAF Club in Piccadilly, London.

Peter is currently Managing Partner at the London-based intellectual property (IP) specialists Gill Jennings & Every LLP. He qualified as a European Patent Attorney and Chartered British Patent attorney in 1995.

As well as enjoying golf, cycling, fly fishing, photography and walking, Peter holds a small armoury of shotguns. Unknown to many of his closest friends, he also plays the trombone. Peter lives in Kent and is married to Isobel.

Rich Millman

Rich Millman
Honoury Treasurer

Richard was Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield and The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

His early career was spent in Marketing with Guinness and Allied Domecq in the UK, followed by five years working in the developing markets of Russia and Ukraine in the 1990’s, initially for Allied Domecq and then The Coca-Cola Company.

Richard returned to the UK as Marketing Director for PC World Business. During Richard’s tenure the turnover grew from £125m to £400+m, both organically and through acquisition.

Always leading an active lifestyle Richard is a keen runner, competing in 10k races, half marathons and marathons. Richard also enjoys hill walking (he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro) mountain biking, clay shooting as well as boating and kayaking during the summer months. Richard is a keen Sheffield Wednesday supporter.

Richard has also maintained a strong affiliation with the Royal Air Force, having flown with Northumbrian University Air Squadron, graduated from The Royal Air Force College Cranwell and served as an officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve. Richard speaks Russian and is married to Robyn, has two sons and lives in Yorkshire.

Tim Mycock

Tim Mycock

Myco joined the April Fools club in early 2016 and captained the club in 2018. He focused on bringing in new ‘younger’ members to the club, alongside leading the club in its ambitions to raise £100,000s towards funding an extension to Princess Marina House, Rustington, West Sussex in support of the RAFBF and the 75 th anniversary of the ‘Dambusters raids’- www.dambusters75.co.uk

Myco gained his PPL and driving licence in the same week in 1999 and went on to fly the mighty Grob Tutor with the University of Birmingham Air Squadron at RAF Cosford. Having been fortunate enough to fly in some ‘sharp and pointy’ things, Myco moved to London and has been involved in real estate finance, private equity and development for the past 13 years. Most notably in charge of a £220m mixed use development project in Montenegro, a ‘pop-up’ beach club chain which toured the world and developments in the UK and overseas.

Myco enjoys all sports, especially cricket, spending time with his daughter, Annabel and travelling.

Graeme Shankland

Graeme Shankland
Past President

Graeme had a successful career in banking, spanning Clydesdale Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, Bank of Scotland and HBOS, before serving on the Wholesale Board of Lloyds Banking Group. He led the spin out of the BoS Private Equity business with backing from Coller Capital in July 2010 by launching Caird Capital where he is Managing Partner. An active member since 2008, Graeme Captained the Club in 2014 and led the hugely successful expedition to the Falkland Islands in February 2015.

In December 2016, Graeme became a Trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund. We are very proud of Graeme's recognition and fantastic support for this great charity.

Phil Peters

Phil Peters
Founder

Phil is a banker by profession having worked initially for a UK clearing bank and subsequently for an International Swiss bank. He left the banking industry in 1994 to become a Director of a number of companies under private ownership. A strong affiliation with the Royal Air Force is maintained by being an honorary member of 72 squadron Linton–on–Ouse and a Founder of the April Fools Club. Phil is a keen sportsman and a private helicopter pilot, enjoying recreational flying whenever possible.

Tony Hambleton

Tony Hambleton
Founder

A Founder of the Club, Tony Hambleton, known to all as Shambles, is married with two children and lives in York. He served in the RAF for 22 years flying the primarily the Hercules on 47 Sqn which included operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He also flew the Shackleton and Jet Provost.

Shambles was also a Qualified Flying Instructor for Basic Fast Jet Training on the Tucano which eventually led to him becoming a Central Flying School Instructor, which involved him teaching Instructors. After his great service he left the RAF to pursue a career in civilian aviation and is currently Boeing 737 Training Captain with Jet2.com. A keen sportsman and scuba diver he is a passionate Manchester City supporter.

John Fay MBE

John Fay MBE
Founder

John co-founded The April Fools Club with Phil and Shambles in 2008. For 15 years he has advised companies on leadership, organisational purpose wellbeing and resilience. His clients are global and the business is based in London. Prior to owning his own firm John worked for a IBM Enterprise software house for 13 years in the USA, Europe and Asia.

John is ex Northumbrian University Air Squadron, RAF Leeming where he flew in the late 1980s, he was also captain of sport on the Squadron. John first flew solo at 17 on an RAF Flying Scholarship in 1984 at Blackpool Airport. He is very keen on all sports, particularly Rugby where he played at County level, Sailing and Golf. John was appointed an MBE in June 2004 by HM The Queen for his pioneering work in leadership in the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training). He retired from the RAF Reserve in 2007. He is well networked across Defence at the highest levels and has two young children.

Mark Axon

Mark Axon

Ian Langley

Ian Langley

Ian Langley founded workforce services company, Air Energi Group in 1988 and served as its Group Chief Executive Officer Until 2008. Since 2008 he served as chairman of Air Energi and latterly Airswift following a merger in 2016. He has led three separate PE backed MBO’s during this period. He has overseen expansion through sustained organic growth and targeted strategic acquisition to grow Airswift in over 60 locations worldwide, generating projected annual revenue in 2019 of $1 billion. He is also Executive Chairman of EPI. a Geosciences consulting Group backed by Palatine PE.

Ian, an Air Cadet in his youth, is an Ex AFC Captain and completed The Falklands, South Pole and Dambusters Bike Ride expeditions with the Club.

Ian is a father of two and became a first time grandad recently. He loves most sports as a spectator and occasionally a hopeful participant. He lives with his American wife in London.

Past Club Captains

  • Tim Mycock (2018 Captain) - Investments Director, Reditum Capital
  • Peter Finnie (2017 Captain) - Managing Partner, Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Rich Millman (2016 Captain) - Non-Executive Director and Chairman
  • Steve Howard (2015 Captain) - Superintendant Pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Graeme Shankland (2014 Captain) - Managing Partner, Caird Capital
  • Ian Langley  (2013 Captain) - Chairman, AirSwift
  • Mark Axon (2012 Captain) - Retail Director, Monsoon
  • Andrew Simpson (2011 Captain) - Chairman, Heart Test Labs