Stephen Gould honoured by RAF

Former 4Kids man awarded trophy in recognition of services to RAF public relations.
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Industry favourite Stephen Gould has been awarded the Memorial Trophy by the RAF, following his work on the brand's merchandising and licensing programme during his time at 4Kids Entertainment.

The Memorial Trophy is named after the former director of Air Ministry PR and is awarded for the best interpretation of the Royal Air Force to the public, either during the previous 12 months or through constant effort over a number of years.

Previous recipients include James May in 2007 after he flew in an RAF Typhoon on Top Gear.

Air Commodore Mark Roberts said: "The Royal Air Force has gained an immense public relations boost from Stephen's insight and vision and is now positioned to take full advantage of licensing opportunities through the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon and the Ministry of Defence at Whitehall.

"In all, Stephen has displayed in abundance the characteristics that the RAF looks for in its own people. His dedication and tenacity has translated history and tradition into a modern and desirable premier brand and in so doing has clearly delivered the best interpretation of the RAF to the wider public over recent years."

Gould - now senior consultant at RDF Rights - added: "This recognition is a huge honour for which I am truly grateful, however, it would be remiss not to share this wonderful accolade with the fantastic team who worked with me from the outset, namely Jennifer Lawlor, Rob Corney, Victoria Charles, Helena Mansell, Evelyne Brink and Nicola Elliott.

"And, of course, Wing Commander Jez Parkinson who latterly oversaw the programme on behalf of the RAF and the Ministry of Defence. An outstanding combination of talent with a team dynamic and skill set that was, and still is, both unequivocal and delightfully enviable."

Gould is pictured with Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy at the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall.


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