The Madras College Archive


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.