Tony Stables served for 42 years as a Royal Air Force pilot, before becoming extensively involved in the veteran charity sector as the Chairman of the Confederation of Armed Forces' Charities (cobseo), the Chairman of the Forces in Mind Trust and member of the War Pensions Appeal Tribunal.

He is currently the Chairman of the Headley Court Charity, a trustee of Veterans Outreach Support and the President of IoW RAFA.

He has wide experience of charity governance, is an enthusiastic supporter of Mountbatten fundraising events and member of the Mountbatten Community Choir.