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 Chair also the Chair of Council; our Trustee body.

Officers of the Association (Chair, Vice Chair 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 Chair
Lieutenant General (retd)
Sir Gary Coward KBE CB


National Vice Chair
Wing Commander (retd)
Kirsty Bushell CBE


Honorary Treasurer
David Rowe

Deputy National Chair
Colonel (retd) Stephen Oxlade MBE


Air Vice-Marshal (retd)
Charles Ness


James Carleton

Robert Murphy


Dr Diana Wood


Evelyn Strouts

Nick Baughan


Kate Pennell


Alex Milner

Alexandra, Lady Walmsley







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