The National Compliance Committee (NCC)
The role of the NCC
The role of the NCC is to ensure, on behalf of the membership at large, that the management of the Association complies with the wishes of the membership, as expressed at the AGM. In more detail:
- The NCC will seek to ensure that the NMC complies with the Association’s Business Plan and to answer the question “Do the NMC’s decisions help or hinder the delivery of that plan?”
- The NCC will seek to ensure that the NMC’s decisions comply with prudent practice.
- The NCC will look at the accounts – not to audit them – but to ensure that they comply with the highest standards of financial probity.
- The NCC will monitor the evolving action plan and risk monitor to satisfy ourselves, and you, that the NMC is complying with sound risk management.
While this may sound very confrontational, that is not the intention; the NCC is independent of the NMC, but not in conflict with it. The NCC will certainly make its views clear, but will seek to work co-operatively with the NMC to ensure that, together, we achieve the Association that we want and that the RAF Regiment deserves. The overriding aim is for the RAF Regt Association to be the model of governance that other associations aspire to.
Members of the NCC
Steven Brereton Martin (Chairman)
I served in the RAF Regiment from 1962 until 1994.
My service included tours on (chronologically) 16 Sqn (Field), 1 Sqn (LAA), 63 Sqn (LAA), 27 Sqn (Rapier), HQ 5 Wg (CVRT). I served on 23 JSTU at WRE Woomera (Rapier/DN181 trials) and completed staff tours in at RSA Larkhill, MOD (twice), HQ AAFCE and HQ RAF Germany. I also served as Commandant RAF Regt Depot RAF Catterick.
I was appointed CBE in 1993. I chaired the committee that brought the new RAF Regt Association into being in 2006 and served as National Chairman of the Association from 2007 – 2011.
I believe that the RAF Regt Association deserves energetic management, responsive to the wishes of the membership expressed through the AGM, with a clear action plan, responsible budget planning and transparent accountability. Having served as the Chairman of the Association, I am keen to serve on the NCC in order to help the RAF Regiment Association in the next phase of its development.
I initially served in the infantry of the Australian Army from 1958 to 1965 (including airborne service in Malaysia on the Thai border) and, following my return to UK in 1969, I enlisted in the RAF Regiment, serving on II Sqn. I also served on Queen’s Colour Sqn, GDT on RAF Gan and (again) on II Sqn. I served, on exchange, with the Royal Marines before returning to QCS, followed by more GDT (at RAF Stanley).
I was posted to the staff at RAF College Cranwell and then to 26 Sqn (Rapier) at RAF Laarbruch. On receiving my Warrant, I was posted to 20 Sqn (USAAF Rapier) at RAF Honington. After retiring from regular service, I served as a full-time reservist with 2625 Sqn at RAF St Mawgan from 1988 to 1997.
As a member of the Lincolnshire Branch, I have been involved in Association reunions, Armistice Day, National Arboretum, visits to RAF Honington and various other events, which all feature, not least, the celebration of friendships that I cannot place too high a price on. I preserve an abiding interest in our Association and believe that we share a collective responsibility to maintain it in the best possible shape for its future custodians.
I served from 1969 – 1992 on 15 Sqn, 66/37 Sqns, 48 Sqn, GDT and HQ 3 Wing. When my medical category changed (Gunner’s Ear), I re-mustered to MT, serving at RAF Coningsby and RAF St Athan. I joined the Association of Warrant Officers and SNCOs in 1983 and am currently on their committee as a Retired Member. I joined the RAF Regiment Association in May 1999 and became Chairman of the Hereford Branch of the Association in 2000, a role I still occupy. I have been actively involved in past Association committees and NEC groups. I enjoy, foster and maintain the RAF Regiment spirit of friendship and comradeship amongst members. I am also a member of the Royal Air Forces Association (Advice/Welfare).
I believe that is my primary duty to bring the concerns of the membership and branches to the forefront and I fully support the RAF Regiment Association National Compliance Committee. I believe that this is the way ahead and I am willing and able to serve for the 3 year term of office. I will do all I can to uphold the ethos and traditions of the RAF Regiment.
I served in the RAF Regiment from 1984 until 1995, serving on 58 Sqn, 3 Sqn, back to 58 Sqn, then finally 34 Sqn. Although ‘on the books’ until 1995, my career ended in October 1993 due to serious injury that resulted in medical discharge – and indeed a whole change of life. Since leaving the Service I have dealt with web design and publishing, working with the press, and utilising technology proactively to achieve desired results. Using current technologies and social media, I have supported my own charity fundraising for Service-related charities to good effect.
I am keen to serve on the NCC so that my experience can be utilised to help bring the RAF Regiment Association up to date, to help membership to flourish, and to help ensure that the expressed wishes of the membership to the NMC are fulfilled. I believe that the Corps deserves an Association befitting its rich history and bright future, and so it will be a pleasure to be able to help in any capacity.
I served in the RAF Regiment for 12 years in both UK and RAF Germany. I served (twice) with 58 Sqn and also with 1 Sqn, I was a CVRT driver and Scorpion gunner and saw service in Northern Ireland. I was also involved in SD 814 duties (special weapons security) at RAF Marham.
When I left the Service I “did the knowledge” and am now a self-employed taxi driver in London. For the last year I have been working as a volunteer with the RAF Regiment Museum team – contributing at least 2 days a week to work in the place.
I want to see more of my generation involved in the RAF Regiment Association as a means of maintaining the spirit of the Corps and connecting with the lads still in. I believe that, to do that, we need to be more open and transparent and to communicate more – and we need to listen more. Most of all we need to move forward and get over some of the attitudes that are putting off people from my generation from joining. I hope to be able help to do this through the NCC.