Tony Willenbruch FCMI

Tony Willenbruch has a wide portfolio of experience gained from 35 years as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force and a long personal involvement with professional engineering and management institutions.  Founded on the broad academic base of his MA in Natural Sciences (Materials Science & Metallurgy) from Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in Aerosystems Engineering from Loughborough, Tony’s RAF career embraced senior appointments in aircraft and component maintenance management from flight line to depot level, directing the Advanced Systems Engineering MSc course, personnel selection, procurement and in-service support management (particularly for guided weapons), policy on engineer branch entry requirements and defence against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, Middle East defence sales and as logistics branch chief in a NATO Air Headquarters.  His last military role was in direct support to Director General (Research & Technology) within the MoD Chief Scientific Adviser’s business area.

On retiring from the RAF in the rank of Wing Commander, Tony spent a year as Chief Executive of the Institute of Wood Science and the Institute of Carpenters before returning to aerospace, working firstly in the Technology Strategy Board’s Aerospace & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network and then as Engineering & Technology Strategy adviser and deputy Director for Civil Air Transport in the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).  He has recently switched to part-time employment to spend more time on his wider interests.

Tony is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (sits on the Aerospace Industries Division Board), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (sits on the Marketing & Policy Development committee), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  In addition to being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, he took office as their Clerk / Chief Executive in January 2010.  He is also a Freeman of the Company of Educators for whom he leads on educational links with the Armed Forces and Cadet Organisations.  Tony remains actively involved in Cambridge affairs through his long-term role as Vice-Chairman of the Sidney Sussex Society and he is also a member of the Court of Imperial College London.

Well involved in London-based Clubs, The Honourable Society of Knights of The Round Table and as a Friend of St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Victoria & Albert Museum, HM College of Arms, The British Library and The Royal School of Needlework, Tony has lived for many years in Kingston on Thames and includes among his other interests walking, travel, history, architecture, music, Livery and academic dress, heraldry and genealogy – the latter focused particularly on his 18th Century family origins in northern Germany.

Type: External Affairs and Insight Committee