Air Vice Marshal Maria Byford is a senior Royal Air Force officer.
Educated at King's College London, Byford joined the RAF in 1991. After a career in dentistry, she became Head of the Personnel Division at HQ Surgeon-General in 2011. Following deployment as commander of Medical Joint Force Support in Afghanistan in 2014, she became Head of Future Healthcare at HQ Surgeon-General in 2015 and Head of RAF Medical Services in 2019.
In February 2020 Byford was appointed Air Secretary with effect from 24 February 2020.
She was appointed Honorary Dental Surgeon to the Queen (QHDS) in 2015.