February Lecture 2020

Sir Arthur Marshall Lecture

“From Cranwell to Kabul – meeting the moral component, medical miracles and more

Thursday 6th February 2020

Lecture Starts at 6.00 pm
Post-Lecture Reception at 7.30 pm

Speaker: Air Cdre Maria Byford QHDS, Head of RAF Medical Services

Location: Churchill College, Wolfson Hall, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS.
NOTE: Parking is available all along Churchill Road and in the main car park at the end of that road. Please register in advance if you require Disabled Parking by Contacting membership@cambridgeraes.info

Lecture Synopsis

Air Cdre Byford is currently Head of RAF Medical Services. She is delighted to be asked to present the 20th Air Arthur Marshall Lecture for the Royal Aeronautical Society Cambridge Branch on 6 February 2020.

Her lecture will provide a reflection on her career, focussing on her time as Commander Medical in Afghanistan in 2014 where she was responsible for the closure of the legendary Role 3 Trauma Field Hospital in Camp Bastion, and the safe recovery of the UK Medical Group. She will also talk about the current roles, capabilities and challenges facing the RAF Medical Services, and give a personal account of her experience as a senior female officer in the military and as a gender advocate for the Royal Air Force.

January Lecture 2020

“Was the RAF Ready for War in 1939?”

Thursday 16th January 2020

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: Greg Baughen

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.


The early 20th century was a time of dramatic change in military technology and thinking. The arrival of the internal combustion engine had triggered the development of revolutionary weapons, chief among them the tank and the aircraft. Could these new weapons win wars? How would future wars be fought? Had Britain started to prepare for war too late?  Was the RAF preparing for the right war?


September Lecture – 2019

“The world’s fastest electric-powered aeroplane”

Thursday 19th September 2019

Lecture Starts at 7.30 pm
Speaker: Matheu Parr, Programme Manager, ACCEL Programme, Rolls Royce

Location: Lecture Theatre ‘0’, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.


Matheu is responsible for the ACCEL programme which is aiming to be the worlds fastest electric aircraft: https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/our-stories/innovation/2018/introducing-accel.aspx.  The lecture will be an overall brief on the programme, the objectives, the challenges and what is coming next.