Staff of 1249 (Dereham) Sqn

Commanding Officer – Flight Lieutenant Tracey Allan


Adult Warrant Officer - Karen Lyons


WO Lyons started her ATC career at 231 (Norwich) Squadron after previously spending a number of years in the TA.  She moved to 1249 (Dereham) Sqn in October 2012 as a Flight Sergeant and was promoted to Warrant Officer in 2014.

She has a keen interest in Adventure Training and DofE and has been instrumental in organising our recent Fieldcraft weekends.

Adult Sergeant Harry Olley






Mr Kevin Blogg


I enjoy the role of squadron chaplain or Pardre. I am a priest in the Church of England, but my role as Pardre is not to convert anyone, but to support cadets in their own spiritual journey. I try to do this in two ways: firstly by being a presence in the squadron-and try to attend at least once a week. Secondly, by running Pardre nights roughly every other month, where we explorre ethical questions or the meanings of our parades on Remembrance and Britain Sundays. As for my own experience in uniform, it was half a century ago while I was a cadet at University. I was proberly the worst cadet they had endured. I was happy to swap the uniform for a cassok, but it does give me an insight into some of the difficulties that our cadets may experience.

What bought me to 1249 (Dereham) Sqn was, like many others initially as a parent of a cadet and as I said in the oppening,  I thorolughly enjoy every moment of my time with the Air Cadets.

Civilian Instructors

Miss Emma Starling


CI Starling started her ATC career as a cadet at the squadron in 2009 and spent 5 years as a cadet, her highlight being an expedition to Canada which won the Corps Shackleton Trophy. After attending University, she returned to the squdron as a staff member in 2018 and took on her current role as Squdron Adjutant. CI Starling is currently the Squadron's First Aid Officer and is working towards her Lowland Leader Award which will allow her to assist further on Wing Adventure Training Camps.

Outside of cadets CI Starling enjoys, reading, crafting and following Formula 1. 




Miss Florence Blogg


I was a cadet at 1249 Dereham Sqn for 4 years. Cadets played such a big part of my life growing up that I decided to come back as a staff member in the hopes to give back to a new generation of cadets, what I recieved when I was one. I am currently studying at the University of Portsmouth so split my time between here and there.

Mr Harri Pye


CI Pye strated his cadet life in 2010 at 231 (Norwich) Squadron, taking part in every activity he could, from being head of the martching band to learning to fly solo.

He left the squadron in 2015 to study Arospace Engineering with Pilot Studies, while also attending the University of London Air Squadron. Since leaving university, he has worked as an automotive engineer at Nissan and Williams F1 team. He returned to Norfolk in 2022 to work for Lotus and is keen to get back into any cadet activities, especially AT and Feildcraft.

Mr Paul Kendall

Mr Alan Ferguson


CI Ferguson joined 2390 (Belfast Royal Academy) Sqn as a cadet in around 1966. He went on to a university cadetship and was an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force for nearly 20 years. After a quarter of a century running a project management training company he went back to the Air Cadets with 1249 Sqn. 

He is a current pilot flying an ex-ATC Slingsby T61 Venture motor-glider from Shipdham.

He is interested in anything to do with aviation and set up the Sqn's Flight Simulator. He can usually be found delivering ground training or just telling stories.

Mr Andrew Sampson-Munday

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