Born in 1951, Paul Luker joined the Royal Air Force direct from school through the RAF College Cranwell cadetship scheme in 1968. After graduating in 1971 he trained as a support helicopter pilot, before his first posting (to Hong Kong) later that year. Subsequent flying tours have included a long exchange posting with the Army Air Corps, during which the Lynx was introduced, and operational service in Northern Ireland, Central America, the Gulf and the Balkans.
AVM Luker has served in a variety of staff appointments, mostly in operations and policy branches, including 3 posts in MOD. As a Group Captain he served on the personal staff of CINCNORTHWEST, during the establishment of the NATO Headquarters at High Wycombe. More recently, as an Air Commodore, he spent 3 years as Director of Overseas Military Activity, with responsibility for all the UK’s defence activities outside the European region, including direction and oversight of a large number of joint service operations, deployments, loan service posts and diplomatic missions.
He moved to his present appointment as Chief Executive, Council of Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Spring 2006 and joined CVQO as a Trustee in 2016.