Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark
Chief of Air Force
The Chief of Air Force leads over 2500 highly specialised professionals who are well-equipped to support New Zealand and respond quickly to situations both at home and overseas. The Chief of Air Force commands the RNZAF through the Deputy Chief of Air Force and the Air Component Commander.
Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1986 as a Navigator.
During his flying career, he took part in four operational tours on P3 Orion aircraft, as well as a tour as an instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force.
His flying career has included command of an operational mission in the Middle East, and culminated with a tour as Commanding Officer of No. 5 Squadron.
Throughout his career, Air Vice-Marshal Clark held a variety of operational and strategic level staff positions.
In recent years, these positions have included Assistant Chief of Air Force – Strategy Management, Director of Strategic Commitments, Director of Defence Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Air Force, Assistant Chief Capability and Air Component Commander.
In addition, he has served as the New Zealand Defence Adviser to India.
Air Vice-Marshal Clark completed Staff College in Australia.
He has a Masters degree in Management (Defence Studies) from the University of Canberra, and a Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales.
Air Vice-Marshal Clark was appointed Chief of Air Force on 7 September 2018.