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Pre-Retirement Seminars 2023

We are now running the pre-retirement sessions for BA serving and former staff online. 

The next online webinar pre-retirement session is confirmed as Tuesday 22 November 2022, they run from 10.00-12.30 and the presentations will be from BA Pensions and Lighthouse Financial with an opportunity for Q & A's at the end. 

Wifi, iPad or laptop/pc with webcam required

Admin booking fee is £10

Please note that in order for you to be sent the webinar link invite we will forward your email address to Lighthouse Financial. Your request and payment made to attend the session will be taken as your consent for Lighthouse to have your email address.

The number of delegates for each event is limited, but sessions for 2023 are scheduled as follows: 

Tuesday 24 January 10.00am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 28 March 10.00am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 23 May 10.00am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 25 July 10.00am to 12.30pm 

Tuesday 26 September 10.00am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 21 November 10.00am to 12.30pm

To book your place, please email:

Note: LFA advice is only relevant and available to UK residents / taxpayers

Lighthouse Financial Advice Limited is an appointed representative of Lighthouse Advisory Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The British Airways Benevolent Fund 


Can British Airways help when former staff experience financial hardship?

 The British Airways Benevolent Fund is a charitable trust set up to alleviate hardship and improve the quality of life of current and former employees and their dependants. Help is only available on a ‘once-off’ basis, ongoing support such as an income top-up is not possible. Help may be in the form of money, goods or services.

The application process is strictly confidential, all applicants will be visited by a SSAFA appointed case-worker who will complete the means-test application form with them, and it will be necessary to provide at least two quotes for the cost of each of the items or services for which help is sought.

Once the formalities are complete the application will be reviewed, on its individual merits, by a group of six Trustees. Normally Trustees meet to review applications every second month, however in an emergency there is an interim review process which can be used to arrange more urgent consideration where necessary.

For further information visit the Fund’s website, or email


The British Airways Former Staff Liaison Council 

- Was set up more than 30 years ago as the group that BA formally consults with on all matters affecting BA pensioners and former/retired employees
- BA has committed to listen and respond to the Council’s views; in addition, the Council has the right to raise any issue of concern it has with BA
- Works alongside BATUC on matters that concern both current and retired employees
- Has a formal constitution agreed with BA
- Has up to 12 volunteer members, all pensioners themselves, from different parts of BA with a wide variety of experiences, skills and knowledge of the airline. 

More information is available from

Background and Further Information

A number of retirees have asked “just who are you?” and “where did you come from?”.

The members of the Council bring with them a wide spread of experiences, backgrounds and knowledge.

We have members who have retired from flying, engineering, finance, marketing, commercial, ground services, corporate HR and purchasing. A few were managers and some have worked overseas.

Half of the Council have been staff representatives, some long standing and with senior TU roles.

We think and act collectively for and on behalf of all retired employees.

 How did we get on the Council?

A number of retirees have also asked “who voted for you?”. Up until many years ago there was indeed a ballot for vacancies on the Council.

However, retirees voted in small numbers and the cost was excessive when set against its actual effectiveness and the huge waste of unreturned ballot papers. Thus, recruitment was changed to a selection process.

Evidence from the past years has demonstrated that any supposed entry barrier has been lowered and a much wider cross section of retirees have come forward to make the Council a much more representative and broader group of people.

Selection also allows some minimum standards to be set and the best candidates to be selected. British Airways supports the process to ensure that the assessment and selection is run to the highest standards of fairness and equality.

The Council, however, makes the selection and appointment decisions itself and has indeed de-selected ‘sitting’ members. Four vacancies are declared every year.

New recruitment is by a selection process which permits the best candidate(s) to be selected.

 Selection Process

Any former staff who wishes to volunteer to join the council may do so at any time during the year. Your main ‘driver’ should be that you wish to help your former colleagues.

An application form may be obtained from and requires two fellow former staff to propose and second. The form may be scanned and returned to the committee secretary for processing.



Click here for Hotline for Formers