Success School – Week 6: with Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford

Sir Andrew Pulford

Air Marshal, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability

Where: 402 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PZ
Date: 26th March 2013
Time: 18:15
With: Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability


Biography of Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford

Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford was commissioned into the RAF in 1977 and after flying training, joined No 72 Squadron, flying Wessex helicopters, beginning an association with the Support Helicopter Force which would last 25 years. Sir Andrew’s staff appointments have included command of the Support Helicopter Tactics and Trials Flight, a short spell in Headquarters Northern Ireland as the RAF and Army Air Corps Operational Requirements desk officer and two years as Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff. He was Officer Commanding RAF Odiham for 2 years from December 2001, which included a period of unprecedented operational activity for his command, and included large scale deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in February 2007 when he commenced an 18 month tour as AOC No 2 Group. He assumed the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in the MoD in October 2008. He took up his current role as Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability on 31 August 2010, on promotion to Air Marshal. He was appointed as Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the 2013 New Year Honours List and, on promotion to Air Chief Marshal, will be appointed as Chief of the Air Staff on 3 May 2013.

Session Summary

In an interactive interview with a member of the Dialogue Society staff Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford will explore his journey to success, discussing the challenges that he faced, the inspiration, attitudes and actions that helped him overcome these and his advice to participants at the start of their journeys. A Q&A session will follow the interview, and participants, staff and speakers will have time to interact informally over refreshments.

The format of sessions with ‘role model’ speakers will be as follows:

  • 6.30pm: Introduction from a Dialogue Society member of staff
  • 6.40pm: Interview with speaker
  • 7.20pm: Question and answer session
  • 7.50pm: Closing remarks
  • 7.55pm: Refreshments

About the Success School

The Dialogue Society Success School is a six-week programme of weekly evening seminars intended to help inspire, encourage and equip young people to aspire to and work towards success.

Participants will hear the inspirational stories of a range of successful professionals in a friendly and interactive environment (4 sessions). In addition, experts from performance coaching and self-help backgrounds will provide them with practical guidance on positive thinking and on setting and achieving manageable goals from (2 sessions). Dialogue Society staff will lead an additional practical session looking at key skills such as leadership and time management. The School will establish an ongoing network through which participants, staff and speakers can share ideas and opportunities. Click here for further information and poster.

Who’s it For?

The School is primarily intended for young people of 16-21 years of age, and the Dialogue Society will initially advertise in North London. We hope to welcome participants from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The Sessions

1. Deepak Verma, Actor, Writer and Producer

2. Omid Djalili, Comedian

3. Workshop with Robert Kelsey, Author of ‘What’s Stopping You?’

4. Skills-based session with Dialogue Society Staff

5. Workshop with Serena Bradshaw, Performance Coach

6. Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford