Moss Gathers Award


Commander Attack Helicopter Force Army manages way to award and has been named the best manager in the East of England.

Colonel Neale Moss, Commander of Attack Helicopter Force and Wattisham Station, has been recognised as among the country’s best managers by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The accolade was earned by Col Moss for his work in previous postings to develop a blueprint to re-establish the Afghan National Army and strategic planning for the tri-service Joint Helicopter Command.

Narinder Uppal, Director of the CMI’s awards committee, said: “To be shortlisted in the Chartered Manager of the Year competition, let alone win it, means a manager is performing at the very top of their game and is not only the best in the UK, but is up there with the best managers from around the world.”

Col Moss’s current job sees him in charge of the British Army’s Apache attack helicopters, which are part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. The Apache is flown on operations by 3 and 4 Regiments Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham, with the two units providing a continuous presence in Afghanistan since 2006.

This year has seen the AH Force fly the first strike missions from ships, with Apaches operating from HMS Ocean as part of NATO’s Op UNIFIED PROTECTOR to protect civilians in Libya.

Col Moss said: “Wattisham is at the forefront of current military operations and is a high tempo and demanding place to work, full of exceptionally talented and able people. It is personally rewarding to be honoured by the CMI, which I take as evidence of how the best practice in management and leadership is applied by the British Army and reflects on the calibre of the people we employ.”

Col Moss, who joined the Army in 1975, is a trustee of the Afghan Appeal Fund, a charity which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Afghanistan, particularly children. Since it was established in 2006 it has raised £300,000 to build five schools, and is currently building three more. Col Moss cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats with his son Adam this summer to raise £5,000 for the charity.

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