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How we're run

The governance of SSAFA

Governance of SSAFA

We are governed by a board of Trustees who make and approve SSAFA policy. They oversee our Chief Executive and his Executive team who together look after to day to day management of the charity.

Everyone involved in the governance of SSAFA is dedicated to ensuring that our Armed Forces, past and present, get the best possible support.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees are all volunteers who give their time and expertise to the management of SSAFA. They have ultimate responsibility for directing SSAFA's affairs and ensuring we are solvent, well-run and that we meet our objectives.

All Trustees are also members of the Council and meet regularly to discuss the charity's activities and progress.

National Chairman

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE CB

National Vice Chairman

Wing Commander Kirsty Bushell

Vice Chairman (Strategic Development) 

Jonathan Jelley MBE JP

Honorary Treasurer

David Rowe


James Carleton 

Commodore Peter Cowling

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Downward MC

Colonel John Goodsir CBE

Helen Kirkland

David McCorkell

Don McPhie

Robert Murphy 

Sarah Rutherford-Jones

Evelyn Strouts

Executive team

Our Chief Executive is Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB. He is supported by the Executive team who provide advice, guidance and direction to SSAFA's work.


Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB

Interim Director of Client Services

Peter Sandiford

Director of Finance

Simon Blum

Director of Fundraising

Jonathan Sandall

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lisa Shattock

Director of People and Organisational Development

Ian Hicks

Director of Volunteer Operations

Julie McCarthy

Reports and publications