- 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. He qualified as a submariner and in the course of his time in that specialisation commanded two conventional submarines, a nuclear attack submarine and the Submarine Training Squadron. He also became an Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist. 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 was subsequently Flag Officer Sea Training; Flag Officer Surface Flotilla; Commander in Chief Naval Home Command and Second Sea Lord; and Commander in Chief Fleet. During this period he was knighted and also held a variety of senior NATO Commands. He became First Sea Lord in 1998, Chief of Defence Staff at the beginning of 2001 and retired in May 2003. He was appointed Admiral of the Fleet in June 2014. He was a Non-Executive Director/SID on the Board of W S Atkins plc (2004-2013) and a Non-Executive Director of VT Group plc 2004-2010. He is Chairman of The D Group Advisory Board, an Advisor to Atkins and a former Adviser to Atos, CSC and Protection Group International.
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 2009-2018. 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), an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law (University of Kent), an Honorary Doctor of Canterbury Christ Church University, an Honorary Doctor of Science Imperial College London and an Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple.
He is, has been, also involved in a large number of charities and associations, including being: Chairman Royal National Lifeboat Institution (2008-2013); Chairman HMS Victory Preservation Company; Chairman Advisory Board Centre for Blast Injury Studies; Vice-President White Ensign Association (Chairman 2007-2010); Trustee National Maritime Museum (2005-2013); Governor Hospital of Sir John Hawkins (2004-); President of St John Ambulance (London District) (2003-2011); President of the Officers’ Association (2003-2012); Vice-President Pilgrims Society (President 2010-2015); Patron Sail4Cancer; Patron of the Submariners Association; Patron Trafalgar Woods; Patron Forces in Mind Trust; President Royal Navy Submarine Museum; Vice President Forces Pension Society; Vice Patron Tall Ships Youth Trust; Vice Patron Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (2015-). He is a Liveryman and Court Member of the Drapers’ Company, (Master 2013-2014); and Vice President & a Trustee of Naval & Military Club (Vice Chairman & Director 2003-2009).
He is a keen sportsman, on and off the water, and follower of opera and ballet.
Clubs: Garrick; Naval & Military
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
- Adrian Bell – Chief Executive, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)
Director from Cobseo
Adrian Bell – Chief Executive, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)
Adrian joined the Royal Navy in 1980 and saw operational service in a number of theatres and finished his career as Commander, British Forces, Gibraltar. Following his decision to leave the Royal Navy in 2010 he became Chief Executive of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust. Since 2018 he has been Chief Executive of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and a member of the Executive Committee of Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Richard Harries – Director of Research and Development, Power to Change Trust
Richard Harries – Director of Research and Development, Power to Change Trust
Richard is Director of the Power to Change Research Institute. He was previously a senior civil servant and deputy director of the independent think tank Reform. He has extensive experience of public policy making, particularly in criminal justice, local government and the not-for-profit sector. Richard is a member of the Advisory Board of Volunteering Matters, the Advisory Council of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), a trustee of Caritas Social Action Network and a Visiting Senior Fellow at St Mary’s University.
Richard has advised governments in Australia, Japan, Europe and the Middle East about various aspects of public service reform. He has published on a wide range of topics, including crime and criminal justice, deregulation, fiscal sustainability, philanthropy and social investment. Richard is a Visiting Senior Fellow at St Mary’s University.
- 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, Chief Executive Officer at Travis Perkins plc
Nick Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at Travis Perkins plc
Prior to joining Travis Perkins plc Nick was President of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design and Project Management sector, where he was responsible for the company’s infrastructure engineering and design services around the world, with the exception of activities in Canada.
Before that 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.
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.
- 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.