Andrew Perkins has worked tirelessly over many years developing and driving forward numerous successful initiatives on behalf of youth and aviation. Andrew is an accomplished pilot, flying solo in gliders at 16 and then rising through the volunteer ranks to become CFI at one of the country’s largest gliding clubs at Wycombe Air Park. At 22, he became the youngest Examiner for the BGA and was Champion during the 2005 UK Junior National Gliding Championships.
Now as a senior First Officer for British Airways, his focus has turned towards helping others, particularly the young and underprivileged achieve their dreams in aviation. Andrew’s current voluntary roles include – Director and Trustee of The Air League, Director of the BGA - leading the youth gliding initiative, Trustee of the Phillip Wills Trust - supporting gliding club development, the Battle Back Charity – for injured servicemen, and the Inner City Young People’s Need initiative to facilitate access to flying for underprivileged young people.
When time permits, Andrew is a volunteer instructor at Bicester Gliding Centre where he resides as one of the Thames Valley Region Examiners.