The Civilian Committee

Welcome to the 129 squadron ATC civilian committee pages.  We are an active group, supporting the Squadron staff in ensuring the cadets enjoy all the opportunities the ATC affords them.

What is the Civilian Committee?

The committee is a group of people interested in the running of the Squadron who meet on the last Thursday evening in every month for about an hour. The committee has no operational role in the Squadron which is commanded and administered by the Officer Commanding. The committee helps to give independent non-RAF control of the Squadron and its funds, and is similar in nature to a schools PTA.

The meetings are held to discuss and form subsequent actions around cadet activities and fundraising.  Additionally we perform an oversight role, ensuring the squadron is well run and organised.

The group can consist of a variety of people, although it is common for committee members to be parents/relatives of cadets or staff members. The Officer Commanding also attends these meetings.

Under the constitution of the Air Training Corps, each Squadron must be overseen by a Civilian Committee of no fewer than five persons including 3 elected officers. These are currently:


Current 129 Squadron Incumbent

Honorary Chairman

Craig Bell

Honorary Secretary

Becci Bell

Honorary Treasurer

Julian Jowett

What does the Committee Do?

Apart from attending meetings, the committee gets involved in a range of activities from, making refreshments for Squadron events, organising and running fund raising activities (including BBQ and refreshments at Annual Inspection, Quiz nights M & S bag packing) which are really successful in helping the Squadron raise much needed funds.  

The committee also provides an independent ear for cadets to approach should issues arise.

We are always interested to hear from potential new members for the Civilian Committee and for parental participation in fundraising activities.

New members are always welcome and help with an injection of fresh ideas and perspectives.  129 Squadron is, in our opinion, one of the best ATC units in the country and the cadets enjoy a range of activities and opportunities not available in many other youth organisations. Parental support is absolutely essential in enabling the squadron Staff and Committee in maintaining the breadth of activities and developing new opportunities.

Parents who join the committee benefit from finding out about lots going on at the Squadron, which their child never tells them about. You can contact the committee either through the Squadron or independently at or come along to one of our upcoming monthly meetings.

Further information on the role and structure of Civilian committees within the Air Training Corps is available in this document.