Sylvie started to help out at an ATC squadron as a teenager in the early 1970's – long before girls were involved. A stint as the Civilian Committee Secretary preceded 8 years as a Civilian Instructor. Sylvie commissioned in 1983 and has held every rank from Pilot Officer to Wing Commander. Service in both Surrey and London Wing has given her a broad experience base to draw on and many friends who want to get involved in the Air Cadet Association.
By day Sylvie runs a national charity that supports activity provision in care homes. Leisure time is devoted to her family, her garden and weekly attempts to tap dance.