Sir John Allison - President
Sir John Allison

Sir John Allison


John Allison was born in 1943. Educated at the Royal Grammar School Guildford, he entered the Royal Air Force College Cranwell as a cadet pilot in 1961 and was commissioned in 1964.


In the course of 38 years in the RAF, the main operational aircraft he flew were the Lightning, the Phantom and the Tornado. Significant senior appointments during the latter part of his career were:


Air Officer Commanding UK Air Defence Forces 1991 to 1994.


Commander-in-Chief of Logistics Command 1996 to 1997, in which he was responsible for the delivery of engineering and supply support to the Royal Air Force.


Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command 1997 to1999 - this was the RAF’s premier operational appointment, carrying responsibility for the entire RAF front line.


In the latter two appointments he was a member of the Air Force Board, the body responsible for the strategic direction of the Service.


After leaving the Service in 1999, he was appointed by the Home Office to be a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Tribunal, upon which he still serves.


In May 2001 he entered the world of Formula 1 as Director of Strategy, Premier Performance Division, Ford Motor Company. Later he was appointed Operations Director, Jaguar Racing Ltd.  


In February 2005 he took up a position with Rolls-Royce plc as Project Director, Bristol Site Development Programme. On completion of his contract in late 2007, he formed his own business, Armorial Executive Development, offering coaching services to institutional and business leaders.


John has flown over 100 aircraft types as captain and is still an active pilot. He owns and operates a Miles Gemini, a Beechcraft Bonanza and an Auster. In addition to his Presidency of the LAA, he is Aviation Trustee of the Shuttleworth Collection, and President of the GA Alliance.


He and his wife, Gill, have five children and twelve grandchildren.


November 2012