Following the sad news about Robert Pleming's sudden death last week, Vice Chairman Allan Winn has been appointed as Chairman.
Allan Winn holds a degree in Mechanical (Aeronautical) Engineering and a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism, both from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He moved to the UK in 1974 and spent 29 years working on engineering, heavy vehicle and aviation magazines culminating as Editor of Flight International (1989-99), then Editor-in-Chief (1999) and Publisher (2000-2003) of Flight International and Airline Business.
He joined Brooklands Museum as Director (later Director & CEO) in 2003, having been Chairman of the Association of Friends of Brooklands Museum since 1996, and retired in 2018. He is now a Vice-President of Brooklands Museum Trust. Major developments in his time at Brooklands Museum included the acquisition and restoration of Concorde G-BBDG and the restoration to operation of the world’s only working Concorde Flight Simulator; the restorations of the Stratosphere Chamber high-altitude research facility and associated supersonic wind-tunnel buildings; acquiring the Vickers Vimy replica; and the £9 million Heritage Lottery Funded Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track Revival Project.
Allan joined the Executive Committee of AHUK in 2019, and sits on the Heritage Working Group of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation.
He is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and is the Honorary Editor of its magazine Air Pilot. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, a Fellow (and Vice-President of the Weybridge Branch) of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and served for 14 years as a Committee Member (including six years as Chairman) of industry networking body The Aviation Club UK.
He is a Vice-President of the National Transport Trust and of the Association of Heritage Engineers, and his leisure interests include vintage cars (currently rebuilding his 1929 3-litre Bentley), motorsport marshalling (a Motorsport UK Driving Standards Observer and Post Chief), cycling and skiing.
He and his wife Jacqueline live in Tadworth, Surrey.
Allan says: "These are the last circumstances under which I would have wanted to succeed Robert. His untimely passing leaves a massive void, not only in AHUK and Vulcan to the Sky, but in the whole of the heritage aviation sector, for which he was such a tireless, selfless and highly effective campaigner and leader. All of us on the Executive will do our level best to honour his memory by continuing and finishing the work he started."