Flight Lieutenant Yarrow is a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) and commands the Squadron. Nigel took over in 1997 after serving at the unit for over ten years. Nigel is one of the longest serving Commissioned Officers in the RAFVR(T) with over 42 years service to the ATC. Nigel started out as a cadet at 1027 (Jarrow) Squadron where he reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. After a long career around the Wing in post at Wideopen and Gateshead Squadron’s Nigel was asked to assist at Wallsend Squadron. Flt Lt Yarrow takes an keen interest in Fieldcraft training and is part of the North Regions Fieldcraft Training Team as well as being a qualified First Aid Instructor and holding a BELA qualification for outdoor activities.
Flight Lieutenant Handalage was Commissioned in 2003 and joined 1151 in August 2015 following service in several other Squadrons including fulfilling the role of Squadron Officer at 207 (Cranfield) and OC at 1338 (Seaham). Chris takes a leading role in the Squadron's shooting and Duke of Edinburgh activities.
1151 currently doesn't have any Adult Non-Commissioned Officers on squadron, but recruitment, development and training is an on-going process. Cadets can progress through the ranks to become an Adult NCO's or new adult volunteers aged over 20 can join the ATC as a Civillian Instructor and then if they wish, they can progress into the role.
The majority of the staff on Squadron consists of Civillian Instructors (CIs). CIs help organise and run a variety of activities, whether these are conducted on or off the Squadron. The CIs at 1151 (Wallsend) are vital in the nightly running of the Squadron and delivery of training to the cadets.