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.