On Friday 14 September, 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries will celebrate their affiliation by abseiling down the “Cheesegrater” to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Taking on the Abseil Challenge will be Master Actuary, Nick Salter, Air Commodore Nick Bray and Honorary Group Captain The Lord (Robin) Rotherwick. The team is expected to make their descent between 11:00 and 12:00.
The Leadenhall Building, known as the “Cheesegrater” is one of the tallest buildings in London standing over 200 metres tall. Participants will abseil from the 47th floor, guided by experts from Mile End Climbing Wall.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal supports three main charity partners, Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2Be. All deliver groundbreaking programmes that help to change people’s lives and help create a better city for all.
601 Squadron and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries have been affiliated since the Sqn was reformed in 2017 as a new hybrid Reserve unit. The unit provides closer and more formalised links between the wider professional community and the Royal Air Force. Squadron members provide expertise in areas from outside the RAF and offer fresh perspectives to hone and improve the RAF’s thinking. The Squadron comprises Volunteer ex-Regular Reserves and civilian members appointed as Honorary Group Captains, and is commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Malcolm Brecht CB CBE MA FRAeS.
The affiliation officially took effect from 06 July 2017.
Nick Salter is Master Actuary of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries. He graduated from Cambridge University with an Economics degree in 1978 and is a founding partner of Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s largest independent provider of actuarial, administration and pensions consultancy services.
Air Commodore Nick Bray
Formerly Commandant General of the RAF Regiment with several tours under his belt. He now works for a large high-technology firm.
Honorary Group Captain The Lord (Robin) Rotherwick: https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-rotherwick/2143
Honorary Group Captain The Lord (Robin) Rotherwicka Conservative politician, sitting as a hereditary peer in the House of Lords.