Our governance

Meet our council members and senior staff.

Our governance

Meet our council members and senior staff.

SSAFA is governed by a Trustee body, with our National Chairman also the Chairman of Council; our Trustee body.

Officers of the Association (Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer) and Members of the Council are all Trustees. They are incorporated as a body operating under the Association’s Royal Charter. One third of our Trustees are required to retire each year but are eligible for re-election by the Association.

Trustees are ultimately responsible for all matters concerning governance, strategic direction, legal operation and financial probity. They exercise authority only when making a majority decision at a duly constituted meeting of Council, comprising between seven and 17 members.

Our Chief Executive, known as the Controller, is responsible to the charity’s Trustees for the management of SSAFA’s global activities. The Controller chairs the Management Board, which oversees SSAFA’s wide range of activities in support of the Armed Forces community.


Our Trustees

National Chairman
Lieutenant General (retd)
Sir Gary Coward KBE CB


National Vice Chairman
Wing Commander (retd)
Kirsty Bushell


Honorary Treasurer
David Rowe

Deputy National Chairman
Colonel (retd) Stephen Oxlade MBE


David McCorkell


Air Vice-Marshal (retd)
Charles Ness

James Carleton


Robert Murphy


Dr Diana Wood

Lieutenant Colonel (retd)
Graham Meacher MBE


Evelyn Strouts


Nick Baughan

Kate Pennell







Our Executive team

Lieutenant General (retd) Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB DL


Director, CRM Replacement Project
Ian Hicks


Director of Finance
Simon Blum

Director of Fundraising
Jonathan Sandall


Director of Community Healthcare Services
Jan Dowlen-Gilliland


Director of Social Care Operations
Stephen Richards

Director of Marketing and Communications
Lisa Shattock


Director of Strategy
Liz Price


Director of Volunteer Operations
Julie McCarthy

Director of IT
Nick Gatt


Director of People
Sarah Fernandes