Former Pupil Biographies
Gordon Moulds CBE (1957 - current)
|Gordon Moulds attended Madras College. In 1972
he was joint winner of the JD Wallace Chess Cup for the school chess
champion, decided by competition. The school had a strong chess team
which reached the zonal quarter final of the Sunday Times competition,
came third in the Scottish Junior Chess Association (SJCA) Autumn
Jamboree, won their section of the Scotsman championship, won the Fife
Schools Team Championship and won several competitions in the Dundee
leagues. Later that year he was in the team that won the CH Lee
Challenge cup from the SJCA.
Air Commodore Gordon Moulds joined the Royal Air Force in
1978 and trained as an Air Electronic Operator on Nimrod aircraft in the
Maritime role. He served his first operational tour at RAF Kinloss as a
sergeant where he participated in a number of operations, most notably
flying from Ascension Island in support of the Falkland Islandsí campaign.
In 1983, he undertook navigator training and was posted to
No. 111 Squadron RAF, RAF Leuchars, to operate the Air Defence F-4 Phantom
II fighter aircraft. During this period he conducted numerous Quick
Reaction Alert sorties (policing the United Kingdom airspace) where he
intercepted over 30 Russian aircraft.
In 1988 he became an air defence fast-jet instructor and was posted on to
No 228 OCU, the Phantom Operational Conversion Unit; during this tour he
was awarded the MBE. During his time on Phantom aircraft he completed 7
detachments to the Falkland Islands.
On promotion to Squadron Leader he became the aircraft accident Board of
Inquiry advisor for Headquarters 11 Group at RAF Bentley Priory. In 1993,
he converted on to the Tornado F3 fighter aircraft and became the
Executive Officer of the Tornado F3 Operational Training Unit.
On promotion to Wing Commander, he became the Deputy Combined Force Air
Component Commander in Turkey, occasionally commanding the allied air
forces operation policing the Iraqi no-fly zones. A short tour followed in
the Ministry of Defence as the desk officer responsible for advising
ministers on air matters relating to the Middle East. In 1998 he became
Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Leuchars.
Another short tour followed in the Ministry of Defence, this time as the
Personal Staff Officer to the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. On
promotion, he was posted to Headquarters 1 Group, Strike Command, as Group
Captain Tornado where he was responsible for all operational, training and
second customer issues for the Tornado F3, Tornado GR4 and Hawk aircraft.
After retiring from the Forces he has been involved in
charity work and is CEO of the charity KidsOut, dedicated to bringing fun
and happiness to disadvantaged children.