About Us

We are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce to you, the Association of RAF Women Officers (ARAFWO). The Association has hundreds of members: resident all over the world, and at every stage of their service career, subsequent career or retirement. And, of every age from 18 to 100. We are now very proactive in recruiting new members. Sadly, this hasn't always been the case which is why, you may not have heard of us before. Now you have, we are certain this is the Association for you.

Our Chairman, Air Commodore Wendy Rothery invites you to join us. ARAFWO is your Association, your home base. We all came to earn our Commission by very different routes. However, from Graduation onwards, we are all now linked permanently by a single factor that will stay with us for ever.

When we recruit Cadets at Freshers’ Fayres at RAF College Cranwell, we are delighted to see their reaction - they are all thrilled that ARAFWO “is a thing” and are very keen to join us by signing up there and then. We are very proud that the legacy of the contribution made by women to the RAF goes on generation after generation.

As an RAF Women Officer, you are a member of one of the most exclusive Clubs in the world. That is something to be celebrated. ARAFWO formed in 1955, to provide a network through which serving and former-serving women officers maintain contact with the RAF and with each other. Despite full integration into the RAF, the Association continues to demonstrate that it is more relevant than ever. The benefits of membership are clear: we see that women who are active members are more effective in command, have greater confidence and are better communicators.

Our Patron

Countess Peel

A message from our patron, The Countess Peel

I am honoured that you have asked me to become your Patron. I always feel very proud that I was asked to be HAC of 607 Squadron (Co of Durham) and am enjoying my connection with the Squadron and the RAuxAF enormously. I am delighted now to take up this new role within the ARAFWO and look forward very much to meeting you all at the reunion in October.

Our Goals

  • Opportunity to meet socially, claim some valuable ‘me time’ and catch up with friends old and new
  • Meeting others in the Association to grow your own personal and professional network
  • Offering strong peer support
  • Increasing confidence and higher self-esteem
  • Sharing relevant and similar experiences
  • Improving talent pipeline
  • Gaining advice from others and be challenged in a safe and supportive environment
  • Discussing topics that are relevant, such as career progression
  • Building your influence and managing work-life pressures

Executive Committee

The Countess Peel

Life Patrons
Air Commodore R M B Montague
BSc WRAF (Ret'd)
Air Commodore C R Fowler RAF (Ret'd)

Chairman of the Executive Committee
Air Commodore W Rothery

Members of the Executive Committee

Vice Chairman
Group Captain P Heaton RAF (Ret’d)

Serving Representative
Flight Lieutenant L G J Wythers
BA (Hons) RAF

Honorary Secretary
Flight Lieutenant M Strachan RAF (Ret’d)

Honorary Treasurer
Squadron Leader C Hogan RAF (Ret’d)

Honorary Editor
Flight Lieutenant S Arnold
DSc BSc(Hons) MRCPod RAF (Ret’d)

Functions Member
Flight Lieutenant H Davidson
MA(Hons) MA PGCE RAF (Ret’d)

Membership Secretary
Flight Lieutenant J Chappell

Facebook Administrator
Flight Lieutenant R Hall RAF (Ret’d)

Honorary Chaplain
Revd (Squadron Leader) H Grant

London Member
Flying Officer M J Davies
MA MA(Hons) RAF Ret’d

Air Commodore W Rothery

Chairman of the executive committee
Air Commodore Wendy Rothery