Educated in South Africa (Michaelhouse and the University of Witwatersrand), Rick Peacock-Edwards had a glittering career in the RAF from which he retired as an Air Commodore in 1999. The son of a Battle of Britain pilot he was himself a fighter pilot and flew the Hunter, Lightning, Phantom and Tornado. He has commanded a squadron and a large RAF Station (RAF Leeming) and filled a number of important positions both in the UK and America. He has extensive experience of working with government at the Ministry of Defence. During his Service career he was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) and appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
In his post RAF career he has filled a number of Director appointments and was Managing Director of Vector Flying Training Services Limited, a consortium of companies bidding for a multi-billion pound defence contract. He is President or Chairman of a number of organisations in the Voluntary Sector and is also Vice Chairman of the prestigious RAF Club in Piccadilly. General Interests include sport, the world of finance, painting and stamp collecting