Capt. JRA Woodard RN
Education and Pastoral
Jol Woodard was born in Cornwall, educated at Lancing College, Sussex, and studied economics and geography at Exeter University. He joined the Royal Navy through the bursary scheme in 1991 as a short-career pilot. Having had a taste and with a fervour for more, he transferred to a full career in 2003 and has enjoyed a fantastic blend of operational flying, command, and staff tours.
Early appointments included a policy and regulations role in the Joint Helicopter
Command Headquarters, and Operations Officer in both the Joint Helicopter Force (Northern Ireland)
and CHF Headquarters. Following a stint as Military Advisor to the 2-star Head of the Fleet Air Arm, he
attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course in 2008, before moving into the Ministry of
Defence’s Afghanistan policy and strategy team. Promoted Captain in 2013, he spent three years in Army
Headquarters as Assistant Head Air Manoeuvre Capability Development before becoming the luckiest
man alive and taking up his current assignment, Captain BRNC, in September 2016.
Jol is a keen fly fisherman and game shot, an amateur golfer and has recently begun dabbling in triathlons. He is married to Tilda, a Personal Trainer, qualified helicopter instructor and member of the Royal Naval Reserves. They have two daughters, Anastasia (2004) and Josephine (2006), both if whom attend King's Schools.