The board

Patron

  • Lord Boyce
    Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
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    Lord Boyce

    Patron

    Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL

    Lord Boyce joined the Royal Navy in 1961, qualified as a submariner and subsequently commanded two conventional submarines and a nuclear attack submarine.  Away from the underwater world, amongst other duties, he commanded the frigate HMS BRILLIANT, was Director of the Naval Staff and had the role of Senior Naval Officer Middle East.  He was promoted to the Flag List in 1991 and, after a number of Flag appointments – including holding a variety of senior NATO Commands – he became Commander in Chief Fleet and thence First Sea Lord (professional head of the Royal Navy) in 1998; and Chief of Defence Staff (professional head of the Armed Forces) at the beginning of 2001.  He retired in May 2003.  Since then, he has been a Non-Executive Director of W S Atkins plc; and was a Non-Executive Director of VT Group plc 2004-2010.

    Lord Boyce was elevated to the peerage in June 2003 and was appointed Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in July 2004; and King of Arms of the Order of the Bath in 2009.  He was made a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter in April 2011.  He is a Freeman of the City of London, Elder Brother of Trinity House, Knight of St John, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, Colonel Commandant of the Special Boat Service, an Honorary Doctor of Laws (Portsmouth) and an Honorary Doctor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

    He is also involved in a number of charities and associations, including being: Chairman Royal National Lifeboat Institution; Chairman HMS Victory Preservation Company; Trustee National Maritime Museum; President of St John Ambulance (London District) (2003-2011); President Pilgrims Society; Patron Sail4Cancer; Patron of the Submariners Association;  Patron Forces in Mind Trust; and President Royal Navy Submarine Museum.  He is a Liveryman of the Drapers’ Company.

Chairman of the Board

  • Chairman of the Board

    Hans Pung

    Hans Pung is president of RAND Europe, a not-for-profit public policy research organisation that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.  With offices in Cambridge (UK), and Brussels (BE), RAND’s staff undertakes empirical studies for public, private, and third sector clients on a diverse range of policy issues including innovation, science, health, social policy, defence, home affairs, and infrastructure.

    Hans joined RAND as a policy analyst in 2002 and continues to lead and deliver research projects, particularly around industrial economics and security policy issues.  He has held a range of senior leadership positions in RAND Europe, including directing RAND’s European defence and security research portfolio as well as heading RAND Europe’s efforts to grow and diversify into new research areas.

    Prior to joining RAND, Hans served as an engineer officer in the United States Army with responsibility for logistics, personnel, and operations and overseas service in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Germany.  He also led the emergency power response team at the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11.

    A mathematics graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he commanded the United States Corps of Cadets as a senior and played on the (American) football team, Hans also holds advanced degrees in mathematical modelling and modern history from Oxford University, which he attended as a (George C) Marshall Scholar.

Directors from Cobseo

  • Barry Bryant
    Commodore Barry Bryant, CVO, RN – Director General – Seafarers UK
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    Barry Bryant

    Director from Cobseo

    Commodore Barry Bryant, CVO, RN – Director General – Seafarers UK

    Commodore Barry Bryant was commissioned into the Royal Navy in February 1968. His early years in the RN were spent flying ASW helicopters in both front-line and training posts.  He later became one of the first aviators to complete the Principal Warfare Officer’s course and serve at sea in that role, but returned to helicopters as a Lynx Flight Commander in HMS BRILLIANT in time for the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

    After narrowly surviving a ditching the following year, he returned to sea, eventually commanding HM Ships HERMIONE, JUPITER and ENDURANCE.  His final four years in the Service were spent as the Director of Naval Service Conditions and of the Naval Personal and Family Service where, among many other things, he had responsibility for discipline, welfare, amenities and charity administration within the RN.

    Joining the then King George’s Fund for Sailors as Director General in 2002, he oversaw a major reorganisation of the charity, including the change of name to Seafarers UK, and he was also instrumental in the formation of the Maritime Charities Funding Group carrying out research and innovative projects across the complex nautical sector.  He has been the maritime member of the Cobseo permanent executive committee since 2002.   Seafarers UK now manages back-office and administrative services for Cobseo, and has also been instrumental in contributing in-house experience in the preparation of the COBSEO bid for the Forces in Mind Trust.

    Barry lives in East Sussex with his wife Tracy, a former WRNS Fleet Analyst, and their two teenage children.

  • Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE – Controller, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
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    Director from Cobseo

    Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE – Controller, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

    Air Vice-Marshal David Murray served in the RAF for 33 years. His last tour of duty was in MOD as the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel and Training), where he provided strategic level worldwide welfare support to serving personnel and their families. He also led UK government liaison with military charities and veterans’ organisations and he represented the UK on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    In addition, he was responsible for organising national ceremonial and commemorative events as well as the Armed Forces’ relationship with HM The Queen. In the latter role, he was appointed as a senior member of the Royal Household.

    During his RAF career, he commanded RAF Halton, Winchester Garrison, Worthy Down Station and the Defence College of Police and Personnel Administration. His operational experience was gained in the Falkland Islands, in Sierra Leone and on UN peacekeeping duties in Bosnia. He also served extensively throughout Africa as well as tours of duty in Australia, Cyprus and Germany.
    On leaving the RAF in 2012, he became Controller/CEO of SSAFA. After four years in that role, in September 2016 he was appointed as Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading welfare charity supporting past and present members of the RAF and their families.

  • General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO – Executive Chairman – Cobseo
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    Director from Cobseo

    General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO – Executive Chairman – Cobseo

    General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO is the Chairman of Cobseo. He acts as the voice of the Service Charitable Sector within Government and the Private Sector and is charged with encouraging cooperation and collaboration across the Service Charitable Sector to enhance the support given to the Armed Forces Community. He chairs the Confederation’s Executive Committee and is a member of a number of cross Government committees including the Covenant Reference Group and the MOD Service Charities Partnership Board. He meets regularly with Ministers and is widely consulted by the MOD.

  • Martin Routledge
    Major General Martin Rutledge – Chief Executive – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
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    Martin Routledge

    Director from Cobseo

    Major General Martin Rutledge – Chief Executive – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

    Major General Martin Rutledge is the new Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, having taken over from Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter in February 2012.

    He has arrived straight from being the General Officer Commanding 5th Division with responsibilities for the Army across Wales, Central and Eastern England.  Commissioned into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in the mid-1970s, he has served in a wide variety of challenging Army and international appointments.  Highlights have included Regimental command during the Bosnia campaign; a lengthy stint in the national operational headquarters during the Balkan and Iraq campaigns; professional head of the Royal Armoured Corps during a period of considerable upheaval and Security Adviser to the Kosovo Government as they gained national independence.  As a recent Divisional commander he has been heavily engaged in the care of our casualties and their families and in particular the Personnel Recovery Programme. He brings extensive experience of leading and managing change and people, and handling significant resources both within an Army context but also in conjunction with major contractors and overseas governments.  In terms of the voluntary sector, he is a long standing trustee of a variety of Trusts and has dealt extensively with major charities especially on operations overseas.  As the senior Army commander across central UK he has been well used to acting as the public face of a complex and busy organisation under considerable pressure.

    Major General Martin Rutledge read PPE at Oxford, and is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff course and the Royal College of Defence Studies.  Married with two teenage children he lives in London mid – week to fully focus on supporting the Charity and will normally join his family in Dorset at weekends.   An enthusiastic, if occasionally wayward, cook, gardener and shot he avidly pursues his interest in economics, tries to take no prisoners when skiing and aspires to remain trim and fit despite the London life.

    Martin took over as Chief executive of ABF The Soldiers Charity in February 2012.  His caree in the Army spanned  30 years.

  • melanie waters
    Melanie Waters – Chief Executive – Help for Heroes
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    melanie waters

    Director from Cobseo

    Melanie Waters – Chief Executive – Help for Heroes

    Melanie joined Help for Heroes as Chief Executive in November 2016.

    Before taking up her role at H4H, Melanie was Chief Executive at The Poppy Factory, a leading Armed Forces charity which puts the recovery and employment of disabled ex-Service people at its heart.

    In addition to her role at H4H, Melanie holds a number of non-executive roles and is a Director of the £35m Big Lottery grant-giving body Forces in Mind Trust, a member of NHS England’s Armed Forces Clinical Reference Group, and elected Vice-Chair of Cobseo (Confederation of Service Charities).

    Melanie background is in both the commercial and charitable sectors, where she has focused on External Affairs, Business Improvement and Operations for companies such as the AA.

Independent Directors

  • Andrew Barnett
    Andrew Barnett – Director (UK Branch) – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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    Andrew Barnett

    Independent Director

    Andrew Barnett – Director (UK Branch) – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    Andrew Barnett has been Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007.

    Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he held the post of Director of Policy Development and Communications. Prior to this, he was Director of Communications at the UK Sports Council and, before that, Head of Public Affairs at the National Consumer Council. Andrew previously held posts at HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England, and the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need. He is a committee member of Healthwatch England, the statutory national consumer champion in health and social care, of member of the council of Collaborate, and a founder director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX). He is also director/trustee of the Forces in Mind Trust. He previously served voluntarily in a variety of capacities: as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, group chair of People Can, a trustee of Addaction, director of Yorkshire Metropolitan Housing, among other appointments.

    Born in New South Wales, Australia, Andrew was educated at King’s School, Bruton in Somerset, and St Andrews University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an enthusiast for contemporary abstract and Aboriginal art.

  • Isobel Brown
    Isobel Brown – The Swindon and Wiltshire LEP – Director of Partnerships & Programmes
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    Isobel Brown

    Independent Director

    Isobel Brown – The Swindon and Wiltshire LEP – Director of Partnerships & Programmes

    Isobel joined Shaw Trust in November 2010 as their Performance Director – Commercial and has recently taken on the role of Director of External Relations with a view to working closely with senior stakeholders across the UK.

    Isobel is a highly focused Executive Director with an impressive track record in organisational development and change management implementation enhanced by a strategic approach to internal employee engagement and external communications.  She has worked at senior level within the public sector for 25 years and has represented Scottish interests on a number of Cabinet advisory groups and Government manifesto development projects.

    Isobel was responsible for the annual procurement of over £100 million of Scottish Skills and Learning programmes from 300+ private sector training providers and further education colleges in addition to £10 million of employee development programmes.

    Over her career she has been involved in the implementation of a range of IT systems to drive efficiency and effectiveness of operations and ensure a return on investment for the public purse.  Prior to joining Shaw Trust, she had been providing consultancy support to a FTSE 100 company contracted to the DWP to deliver radical changes to programmes aimed at supporting long term unemployed adults back into sustainable jobs.

  • Andrew Cowan
    Andrew Cowan LLB (Hons) DipLP RD RNR – Partner – TC Young Solicitors
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    Andrew Cowan

    Independent Director

    Andrew Cowan LLB (Hons) DipLP RD RNR – Partner – TC Young Solicitors

    Andrew is a solicitor and Managing Partner with the firm of TC Young Solicitors.  He is the head of their litigation team and is a highly experienced lawyer known for his pragmatic approach.

    Recognised as a leading legal specialist in housing and care sectors, he is a regular contributor to seminars and conferences throughout Scotland and frequently provides advice and training to a wide range of clients including housing providers, charities, local authorities and mental health agencies.  In addition to these specialisms, Andrew has considerable experience working with a number of charities, including those in the military sector.

    Andrew is highlighted in the 2009 Chambers Legal Guide as ‘one of the strongest individuals in Scotland’.  He is sought out regularly for his opinion, meaning his experience regularly drives policy and procedures in many organisations in Scotland. Andrew has considerable experience in advising and representing clients on all aspects of housing and care issues and an increasing number of civil court matters.

    Andrew is a part time Chairman of the Mental Health Tribunal in Scotland and is also a part time Chairman of the Private Rented Housing Panel, which has responsibility for ensuring that private rented properties in Scotland meet the Repairing Standard.

    Andrew has gained considerable experience in all aspects of Mental Health law, having been involved as a member of the Mental Health Tribunals Scotland since its inception, developing an in depth knowledge of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. As a legal member he is the convenor of the hearings and as such he has been an integral part of the Tribunal process, dealing with a variety of cases.

    Andrew works with a number of Scottish charities in the care sector and is currently the Company Secretary and principal legal advisor for Erskine, a leading Scottish charity providing nursing and medical care throughout Scotland for current and ex-serving members of the British armed forces. Andrew provides extensive secretarial support and legal advice to the charity in connection with wide ranging strategic review, change management, funding issues, marketing issues and advising the Board of Trustees on governance and regulatory compliance issues.

    Andrew is a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve where he has held a number of staff appointments, and most recently commanded the Royal Naval Reserve’s Unit in the West of Scotland.

  • Neil Greenberg
    Professor Neil Greenberg BM BSc MMedSc, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, FHEA, FFLM, MD, FRCPsych – King’s College London
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    Neil Greenberg

    Independent Director

    Professor Neil Greenberg BM BSc MMedSc, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, FHEA, FFLM, MD, FRCPsych – King’s College London

    Professor Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Neil also runs March on Stress (www.marchonstress.com) which is a company that provides a range of psychological health offerings to companies that predictably place their personnel in harm’s way.

    Neil studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 1993. He then served as a general duties doctor in a variety of Warships, Submarines and with two Royal Marines Commando units. During his time with the Royal Marines he achieved his arctic warfare qualification and completed the all arms commando course, earning the coveted Green Beret.

    Neil has specialised in Psychiatry and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychiatry, a Doctorate in Mental Health and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a specialist in General Adult, Forensic and Liaison Psychiatry and is a member of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine and the faculty of medical leadership and management.

    Since 1997 Neil has been at the forefront of developing peer led traumatic stress support packages which is now in use by a wide variety of organisations. The use of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) was initially led by the Royal Marines and has since been taken up by other organisations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, media organisations numerous UK police forces and the London Ambulance Service.

    Neil provided psychological input for Foreign Office personnel after the events of September 11th 2001 and in Bali after 12th October 2002 bombings. He has also assisted with the aftermath management of number of other significant incidents including assisting the London Ambulance Service in the wake of the London Bombings in 2005. He has also provided mental health input into the psychological repatriation of a number of hostages over the past ten years.

    In 2008 he was awarded the Gilbert Blane Medal by the Royal Navy for his work in supporting the health of Naval personnel through his research work.

    Neil has published more than 170 scientific papers, book chapters and has presented to national and international audiences on matters concerning the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organisational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health. He has been the Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Lead for Military and Veterans Health. He is also a trustee with Walking for the Wounded and an independent director of the Forces in Mind Trust.

    Neil has extensive experience of conducting research in military and veteran populations and has successfully led the first two ever randomised controlled trials on the effectiveness of psychological health interventions in the UK Armed Forces. He has established excellent links with veteran health providers and with US and other coalition military mental health providers and researchers. He, working with the team at King’s College London, is one of the UK’s leading military health researchers and has published very widely on a broad spectrum of military health and traumatic stress related topics (www.kcl.ac.uk/kcmhr) and advises the Armed Forces, Media organisations and UK government regularly about mental health issues.

  • David Lyon
    David Lyon FCCA – Centre For Mental Health – Director Of Resources
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    David Lyon

    Independent Director

    David Lyon FCCA – Centre For Mental Health – Director Of Resources

    David Lyon is a chartered certified accountant, and over the past 15 years has built up considerable experience in charity accounting and management. He graduated from Durham University in 1988 with a degree in French and Russian, before training as an accountant and gaining experience in a number of businesses, gaining experience in audit and taxation.

    In 2000 he became Head of Finance for a nationwide health charity, and developed his broad experience in the field of charity accounting and governance.  Since then he has held a number of relevant positions, was for eight years Director of Resources for the Centre for Mental Health, one of the UK’s leading charities in the field of mental health.  He now runs a consultancy business, offering strategic financial and management support to small and medium sized organisations in the not-for-profit sector.

Protector

  • Simon Martin
    Simon Martin – Partner – Macfarlanes LLP
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    Simon Martin

    Protector

    Simon Martin – Partner – Macfarlanes LLP

    Simon Martin is a lawyer by profession, and worked in the City of London for Macfarlanes LLP.  Simon joined Macfarlanes in 1984, straight from law school, and retired from the firm in April 2015, having been a partner for over 20 years, including stints as head of the Corporate Department and Managing Partner.

    Simon is now busy in the charity sector.  He is a trustee of two charities:  ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Army’s national charity, and Spitalfields Music, a creative charity working principally in Tower Hamlets.  He is also the Protector (a quasi trustee role) of two charitable trusts funded by the Big Lottery Fund:  the Forces in Mind Trust and the Centre for Ageing Better, which is focussed on the UK’s ageing population – helping more people to have a better later life by understanding what works and by bringing about change.

    Simon is also a governor of St Albans High School for Girls and a member of the Tylers & Bricklayers Livery Company.