Air Marshal Sue Gray CB OBE MSc CEng FIET FREng | Director General Defence Safety Authority, Royal Air Force

Air Marshal Sue GrayBorn in 1963 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, AM Gray commissioned into the Engineer Branch of the Royal Air Force in August 1985 after gaining a degree in Electronics from Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic.  Her career has encompassed service on VC10 Transport aircraft, taking her all over the world, followed by an extensive period with the Support Helicopter Force, during which time she deployed on Gulf War 1 and 2, in charge of the life support, logistics and Chief Engineer for the Joint Helicopter Force.  Back in the UK, tours as the Senior Engineer Officer on 27(R) Sqn (Chinook and Puma Helicopters) and as Officer Commanding Engineer & Supply Wing at RAF Benson (Merlin and Puma Helicopters) were interspersed with staff appointments in Headquarters Air Command plus gaining a MSc in Aircraft Design.

Moving into the Acquisition arena within Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), she led the Combat Clothing Project Team, delivering new body armour, helmets and combat clothing to front line troops, then the department delivering Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS).  AM Gray was appointed as Director Combat Air, DE&S, in January 2014, with responsibility for the procurement and through life engineering and logistics support of all fighter aircraft, training aircraft and RPAS for all 3 Armed Services.

In June 2016, she was appointed Air Officer Commanding Number 38 Group and Chief of Staff Support for HQ Air Command with responsibility for c. 3,000 personnel, across multiple disciplines (Engineering, Logistics, Aviation Medicine, Catering, Musicians) engaged in supporting world wide operations, advising the Chief of Air Staff as the senior  engineer in Air Command, and the HQ lead for RAF Infrastructure.

In April 2019 on promotion to Air Marshal, she assumed the appointment of Director General Defence Safety Authority.