- Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
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
- Hans Pung
Chairman of the Board
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
- Deirdre Mills – CEO The Poppy Factory
Director from Cobseo
Deirdre Mills – CEO The Poppy Factory
Following a successful first career in the British Army, Deirdre is now CEO of The Poppy Factory, a charity which supports wounded, injured and sick veterans into meaningful and sustained employment. Prior to this, Deirdre worked in communications and strategy development and as a consultant to the third sector. She spent several years abroad, working, in particular, on HIV and gender issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
More recently, Deirdre was a Director at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, leading activity within the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries.
- Mr Robert Robson OBE
Director from Cobseo
Mr Robert Robson OBE
Robert Robson followed his grandfather and uncle into the Royal Navy as a General List Seaman Officer in 1981, before going to London University to read History at Royal Holloway College on a University Cadetship. He saw duty in HMS GLASGOW, HMS YARNTON, HMS BRAZEN and HMS FIFE in various different theatres.
In 1987 he joined Barclays plc where in a 20 year career he had front line roles in branch management and as Regional Sales Director South East before moving into Group Personnel and as Chief Operating Officer of Large Corporate Banking. He became Deputy Managing Director of European Business Banking in 1999 and after a spell in the Group Strategy team he moved in 2002 to Barclays Private Bank, where he set up a new role as Global Head of Banking and Credit, followed by two years in Geneva as Head of European Offshore Banking, before returning to the UK as COO of the International Private Bank.
Robert became the first CEO of the RNRMC on 1 September 2008. The RNRMC was established in 2007 and over the past ten years has established itself as the largest Naval charity, vastly increasing its reach to its beneficiaries in the process. Focusing on raising and delivering funds, the RNRMC exists to value and support all those who serve, their families and veterans. As the Royal Navy’s strategic charity it has given over £55m since 2007 in grants to the serving community, families and veterans.
He was a Governor of The Royal Star and Garter Homes 2000-2007. His Directorships include Cobseo – the Confederation of Service Charities, and Veterans Scotland. He is also a Member of the Mary Rose Trust, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List 2017.
Robert lives on the South Downs with his wife Amanda, a specialist teacher.
- Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE – Controller, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
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
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.
- Major General Martin Rutledge – Chief Executive – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Director from Cobseo
Major General Martin Rutledge – Chief Executive – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Commissioned into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in the mid-1970s, he served in a wide variety of challenging Army and international appointments. Highlights include Battle Group command during the Bosnia campaign; a lengthy stint in the national operational headquarters during the Balkan and Iraq campaigns; head of the Royal Armoured Corps during a period of considerable reorganisation, spells in Whitehall and on a PFI Board and UN Security Adviser to the Kosovo Government as they gained independence. In his last appointment as a Divisional commander he had wide ranging responsibilities for the Army across Wales and much of England including three of the then new Personnel Recovery Units supporting the wounded.
As Chief Executive since 2012 he leads the Army’s national charity which is principally focused on making individual grants to Serving soldiers, veterans of all ages and their immediate families – but which also makes substantial grants to up to 100 charities world-wide in a typical year. Martin sits on a significant number of other charity and finance boards as a Trustee or Director – not least because those bodies are invariably dealing largely with Army cases of need. He is also on the board of a US charity and Vice President (Army), The Combined Cadet Force.
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.
- Andrew Ward – Director, Wealth & Investments, Barclays
Andrew Ward – Director, Wealth & Investments, Barclays
Andrew’s early career aspirations to be a pilot in the RAF were curtailed by the length of his legs, but he was a member of the University Air Squadron whilst he studied Economics & Economic History at University of Bristol and made the most of the station attachments, training and sports opportunities that this brought. After Bristol, Andrew studied at Guildford Law School and Université Stendhal, Grenoble and qualified as a Solicitor. Andrew practised in international law firms Stephenson Harwood and the Freshfields in London, Honk Kong and Kuwait, specialising in the fields of shipping, aircraft and projects.
Andrew moved to the legal function in Barclays as an in-house counsel holding legal leadership roles at the centre of the group and within its investment banking, international retail and commercial and wealth management arms. Joining the leadership team in Wealth Advisory, a division of Barclays that included the global trusts and corporate service business, Andrew worked on re-structuring and selling to ZEDRA. Andrew now works in the Barclays investments business, focussing on governance and external legal commitments and the changes required under the Bank of England’s structural reform initiative.
Andrew worked with the Barclays global trusts and corporate services business for over 10 years on legal and fiduciary risk matters. To support this work, he enhanced his knowledge with STEP qualifications in trusts and estates law and administration. Andrew has been a member of the boards of various Barclays subsidiaries, including a trust company that acted as the trustee of a large charity.
Outside of work, in addition to the role as a FiMT Trustee Director, Andrew is an instructor in the Air Training Corps. Andrew is married with three teenage daughters and lives in London.
- Ross Campbell MA BSc Hons FCA CPFA
Ross Campbell MA BSc Hons FCA CPFA
Ross was until recently the Director, Public Sector at the ICAEW where he lead the Institute’s work to improve standards in the management of the Public Finances, both in the UK and internationally.
Before taking up his role at the ICAEW, Ross was the accounting policy lead and financial reporting standard setter for the UK Central Government at HM Treasury.
Other recent senior roles in Government include being the Group Chief Accountant at the Ministry of Defence and the Director at the National Audit Office responsible for the value for money review of Defence. Ross has also held a senior civil service role as Head of Commercial Assurance and Governance at the MOD, set up and lead the Department’s Commercial Scrutiny and Due Diligence team and was also Deputy Director of the MOD Private Finance Unit.
- Nick Roberts, President Atkins
Nick Roberts, President Atkins
Nick is President of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design and Project Management sector. He is responsible for the company’s infrastructure engineering and design services around the world, with the exception of activities in Canada.
Prior to his current role, Nick was Chief Executive Officer of Atkins’ business in the UK and Europe, focusing on strategy, organisational agility and rapid innovation, driving change across the organisation particularly around the fusion of the digital and physical environment. Previously, he was Atkins North America’s Strategy Director and Managing Director of the Infrastructure business, responsible for leading the integration and transformation of a major acquisition. With over 20 years of experience in consulting, he has held several Managing Director positions at Atkins across a variety of sectors and previously at consulting firms in Canada.
Nick is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and leads the Atkins Military Covenant programme which has received the Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence. He also sponsors Atkins’ Women’s Professional Network in the UK and champions the company’s STEM initiatives, which aim to nurture and inspire the next generation of infrastructure and engineering specialists. He is proud of Atkins’ success in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For awards.
A Chartered Geologist by profession, Nick holds a Masters from the University of Wales and a BSc in Geology from the University of Reading. He currently serves on the Commission for the Vibrant Economy sponsored by Grant Thornton, is a Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK and the Industrial Digitalisation Strategy Leadership Group.
- Anais Reding – Policy and Engagement Lead, Government Digital Office
Anais Reding – Policy and Engagement Lead, Government Digital Office
Anais Reding is Head of Engagement at the Government Digital Service where she leads work to support departments to build citizen-centric services quickly and cost-effectively through the use of cross-government platforms. Previously Anais worked as a senior strategy advisor for the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office.
Before joining Government, Anais worked for the policy research organisation RAND Europe where she specialised in Security and Defence.
Anais was previously on the board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network.
- Isobel Brown – Interim CEO/Strategic Leader
Isobel Brown – Interim CEO/Strategic Leader
Isobel has worked at senior level within the public sector for over 30 years and has sat on a number of Cabinet Office advisory groups and Government manifesto developments projects.
She was responsible for the annual procurement of over £100 million of Skills and Learning programmes from 300+ private sector training providers and Further Education colleges and over her career has been involved in the procurement and implementation of a range of IT systems to drive efficiency and effectiveness of operations and ensure a return on investment for the public purse.
For the past decade Isobel has been providing interim leadership at CEO level to organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has just completed an assignment as the Interim CEO for the Midlands Engine, a partnership of Local and Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, universities and businesses working together in new and transformative ways to invigorate the Midlands economy to increase productivity in the area by £54bn per annum by 2030.
Prior to that, Isobel delivered a commission for the UK Government Start Up Loans Company/British Business Bank reviewing operations in Scotland and was previously the CEO of the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, responsible for delivery of over £200m of infrastructure development. Previous experience includes providing consultancy support to a FTSE 100 company contracted to the DWP and business development within the charity sector.
Isobel sits on a number of Boards on a voluntary basis, including Forces in Mind Trust and Action for Children Byte Night, where, over the past 11 years, she has raised considerable funds through sleeping rough to prevent youth homelessness in the UK.
- Professor Neil Greenberg BM BSc MMedSc, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, FHEA, FFLM, MD, FRCPsych – King’s College London
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.
- Simon Martin
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 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Army’s national charity. 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.