Keith Mans is a former pilot with a flying career spanning over 40 years in the RAF and RAFVR. He was one of the first graduates of the Open University, gaining a degree in political science and conflict studies in 1973. He was a Member of Parliament for 10 years, chairman of the Conservative Back Bench Defence Committee and the All Party Aerospace Group, and a member of the Select Committee on Defence for four years.
After leaving Parliament in 1997 he was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society for 11 years. More recently he was Leader of Hampshire County Council, stepping down from that role in 2022.
At present he is Vice President of the Air League and a Liveryman in the Honorary Company of Air Pilots.