ABOUT THE VETERANS CHARITY
The Veterans Charity was founded in March 2008 to support UK Veterans of all generations.
We provide fast, direct support to Veterans across the entire UK who find themselves facing hardship and distress.
We supply essential items including food shopping, clothing, household items like kitchenware and single appliances, utilities support and even smartphones and tablets to aid vital communication.
Despite being a small charity, operating on a small budget with few overheads, since 2011, we have provided essential items to more than 5000 Veterans and given guidance and advice to hundreds more.
WHO ARE WE
General Sir Robert Pascoe KCB MBE
Former CO of 1 RGJ, General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, Assistant Chief of the General Staff and Adjutant General, General Bob was educated at Sandhurst and joined the legendary Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1952.
A founder of The Veterans Charity, General Bob is extremely passionate about supporting those who have served.
Lt. Col (retd) Vaughan Kent-Payne
Vaughan enjoyed a 36 year career in the Army, serving with Duke of Lancaster Regiment in which he completed 17 operational tours including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.
After leaving the military, Vaughan was a Regioanl Director of Welfare for a large military charity and is now Director of The Sandhurst Trust.
Vaughan became Chair of the Trustees of The Veterans Charity in August 2015, bringing a vast range of experience and skills as well as his obvious passion for supporting our Veterans.
Major General (retd) Rob Thomson CBE DSO
Major General Thomson enjoyed a distinguished career in the Royal Green Jackets and The Rifles. He completed numerous operational tours including Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded a the DSO for command of 2RIFLES Battle Group in Helmand. He has also served as Commander 38 (Irish) Brigade, as Defence Attaché in Paris and most recently he was the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus and Commander British Forces Cyprus.
Rob is now Chief Executive of a leading communications agency.
Major (retd) Hume Jones
Hume followed in the footsteps of his father and served for many years in the Royal Green Jackets/Rifles Regiment and was a Company Commander at RMA Sandhurst during is career.
Hume now works as a Managing Director within the corporate defence sector.
Hume joined the board of Trustees in 2021 and brings his extensive military and business experience to the role.
Mr Iain Henderson
Iain served in the Royal Air Force and later enjoyed a career in the Metropolitan Police.
Iain has enormous enthusiasm for commemorations and supporting Veterans in every possible way.
Iain's diverse career has given him considerable experience in safety, training and event management and his creative flair is a very welcome addition to the Trustee body.
Iain became a Trustee of The Veterans Charity in September 2015.
Capt Bill Holland
Bill has been serving in the British Army for more than forty years. Enlisting originally with the Royal Green Jackets, his career has taken him all over the world.
During the past 15 years, Bill has been leading a reserve company in Milton Keynes and has inspired and trained many soldiers to go on to great careers themselves.
'Dutch' is no stranger to charity challenges and has been a keen supporter of The Veterans Charity since it was founded in 2008. He brings a wealth of experience to the Trustee board!
Mr Danny Greeno
Unlike the rest of the management team, Danny has not served in the Armed Forces.
Having relatives and many friends who have served has given Danny a strong awareness of the challenges that face our Veterans and when the opportunity arose to 'give something back to those who have served', he jumped at it.
Danny co-ordinates all the welfare activities of The Veterans Charity as well as the day-to-day management including events, fundraising and volunteers.
Danny is one of the founders of The Veterans Charity.
Richard Mearns and Ziggy
Richard spent several years serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps and a Combat Medical Technician and deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2009 and later given an Assistance Dog, Ziggy.
Together, Richard and Ziggy have inspired many people with their adventures and are an incredible example of overcoming adversity and how mental health does not have to be a barrier to achieving incredible things.
Richard and Ziggy became Ambassadors for The Veterans Charity in 2020.
Since Jo's husband, LCpl Dave Jukes took his own life after suffering with PTSD for many years, Jo has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Veterans' suicide and the need for greater mental health support for serving and ex-forces personnel.
Jo has become a beacon of strength for many members of the Armed Forces Community who have experienced the impact of suicide and severe mental health and we are very proud that Jo agreed to become part of our Ambassador team in 2019.
Glyn is a world-renowned photographer and author of best-selling books on the subject. He is a member of the judging panel for the British Army Photography Competition and the creator of The 3945 Project which features dozens of remarkable portrait photos and life stories of WW2 Veterans.
Glyn's passion for supporting Veterans is boundless and we are honoured that he has become an Ambassador for The Veterans Charity.
Mr Andrew Cottrell
Andrew has been appointed the Medical Advisor to The Veterans Charity since 2013 providing advice on delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care and the safety management of events.
Whilst managing the day-to-day running of his own company (Face 2 Face Medical Ltd), Andrew still spends time operationally at events both for The Veterans Charity and corporate clients.
Andrew's day job is is an Operating Department Practitioner for the NHS and has a vast range of experience and skills.
Cpl Chris Tyrrell
EVENT FACILITIES MANAGER
Chris has been our Event Facilities Manager since 2015 and is responsible for the planning, creation and management of our event sites and venues as well as leading a dedicated team of volunteers on each event.
As a serving Royal Engineer, Chris brings a wealth of experience and technical skill to our events and is instrumental in helping to create and maintain our operating policies covering every aspect of safety.
VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATION OFFICER
Glynis joined our HQ team in October 2022, bringing a wealth of skills and knowledge gathered from an 18 year Royal Navy career and then as a Civil Servant.
Glynis is responsible for managing our CMS as well as performing a wide variety of vital administration tasks.
WELFARE DELIVERY TEAM
Terry completed 22 years in the Royal Air Force before working in the security sector.
Terry has joined us as a Fundraising Volunteer and joined our welfare delivery team in 2021.
Dave served for 6.5 years in the Royal Logistic Corps and completed the All Arms Commando Course during his time.
He has been a vital part of our welfare team since 2016 and has also helped to raise thousands along with his wife, Jayne.
Danny joined our team in 2022 after expressing a desire to make a difference to Veterans.
A keen martial artist and rugby fan, Danny has brought fabulous passion to the team and has great empathy through lived experience of challenges.
Paul served for just under 10 years in the Royal Air Force before moving into the catering industry where he owned and ran a few establishments.
Paul is a passionate fundraiser as well as helping to deliver welfare, calling on his experiences since leaving the military.