SSAFA Controller David Murray


22 June 2016

Controller David Murray to leave SSAFA

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray will be leaving his position as Controller (chief executive) of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, in September after four years. He has accepted the role of Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

SSAFA controller David MurrayDavid joined SSAFA in October 2012 after retiring from the Royal Air Force and has made an enormous impact during his time at the organisation.  Under his leadership SSAFA has conducted a comprehensive modernisation programme and started to plan for the future, so that it can continue to provide effective, targeted support for the Armed Forces community as its needs change and develop.

Under David’s tenure SSAFA has significantly increased the number of beneficiaries that received vital help through its charitable services from 50,000 in 2012 to over 60,000 in 2015. It has also introduced a number of new services to meet emerging needs and to support personnel leaving the services to return to civilian life. 

David has also overseen the reorganisation of SSAFA’s health and social care function in response to the changing size and shape of the serving Armed Forces, while continuing to provide high quality services in twelve countries around the world.  During this period SSAFA has also rebranded and introduced a new approach to its communications and fundraising.

General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue, Chairman of Council at SSAFA said: “David has played an essential role in the development of SSAFA over the last four years and we look forward to working with him in his new role at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and building further on the strong relationship we already have together.  Under David’s leadership we have taken vital steps to modernise the way we operate.  He has also laid the foundations for the next stage of our evolution as we decide how best to meet the needs of the Armed Forces family in the longer-term.  In everything David has done he has been focused on our core purpose: to provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces community.  He leaves with our enormous thanks and very best wishes for the future.” 

David said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with the highly committed volunteers and staff of SSAFA over the last four years and I am have been constantly humbled by all that they do to support the Armed Forces community.  Although over 130 years old, SSAFA continually evolves and is in good shape to meet the future changing needs of those that it serves.  It therefore feels to be the right moment to hand on the baton to a new Controller to write the next chapter in the story of SSAFA.  In my next role, I look forward very much to continuing to work with SSAFA in our joint efforts to support the Armed Forces family.”

David will be leaving SSAFA on 9 September. The trustees have now commenced the selection process for the new Controller and will make further announcements shortly.