Royal Aeronautical Society names the Marshall of Cambridge Room


The former Council Room at the Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters at 4 Hamilton Place in London has been renamed the Marshall of Cambridge Room in recognition of the tremendous contribution the Marshall of Cambridge family company has made to the field of aviation since 1929.

Mr Phil Boyle, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society said: ‘The Room is the most prestigious room in the building and it therefore seems entirely appropriate to rename it in honour of a quite remarkable British Aviation Family, recognising their huge contribution to both global aerospace and to the Royal Aeronautical Society over many years.’

Sir Michael Marshall said: ‘We feel hugely privileged and excited to have our name associated with this very important room, which has been a focal point in the Royal Aeronautical Society for many of us over many years.’ 

Sir Michael added: ‘I am delighted that The Air League, of which his Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has been Patron for over 60 years, has been party to these important celebrations.  The Air League has made a huge contribution to enabling flying for young people and was founded in the same year as our Ccmpany.’

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, was present at a celebratory lunch on Friday 19 October at The Royal Aeronautical Society to formally inaugurate the Marshall of Cambridge Room, which was attended by senior representatives of the major European and North American aerospace companies, together with representatives from Government and the Armed Forces.

The Marshall of Cambridge Room has been decorated with a number of photographs which depict the Company’s aviation history since 1929 and include an oil painting of Concorde, recognising that Marshall of Cambridge designed Concorde’s very distinctive droop nose and visor. 

Also, in a prominent position over the fireplace, is a specially commissioned oil painting of the C-130 Hercules aircraft, painted by Alex Hamilton, recognising Marshall of Cambridge’s involvement with the Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft since 1966.  Lockheed Martin Senior Vice-President Jack Crisler represented his company at the event.

The photograph goes from left to right:  Sir Michael Marshall, Chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Ltd; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Mr Phil Boyle, the President of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Sir Brian Burridge, Chairman of The Air League.

Marshall of Cambridge

Founded in 1909 with little capital as a chauffeur drive company in Cambridge, Marshall moved into the retail motor business in 1910, obtained the Austin Distributorship for Cambridgeshire in 1920 and entered the aviation business in 1929.  With all its growth funded by ploughed-back profits, the Marshall Group remains a privately owned family Company, with a turnover of over £1bn per annum.  The Group of Companies is chaired by the third generation of the Marshall family, and employs members of the fourth generation.  The Group currently employs just over 4,000 people working in the fields of aerospace engineering; design and manufacture of specialist vehicle applications, military mobility shelters and hospital surgical units; motor vehicle sales and after sales support; refrigerated transport sales and support; and property ownership and management.   (

Royal Aeronautical Society

The Royal Aeronautical Society was established in 1866, to further the Art, Science and Engineering of Aeronautics.  The Royal Aeronautical Society remains the World’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community, remaining to the forefront of the industry.


For further information contact:                      
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)


Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

Marshall Group