The VSC is governed by 20 Trustees from all different backgrounds. Meet our Trustees below. 

president General sir richard barrons KCB CBE

General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six “Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces, until April 2016. He was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3bn, delivering intelligence, Special Forces, operational command and control, surveillance, reconnaissance and information systems and communications, operational logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces.  His military career included the last decade of the Cold War and leadership from Captain to General on military operations. He was responsible for Military Strategy and Operations in the MoD as a Lieutenant General 2011-13.

He was the Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company between 2013-2019. His work today includes Managing Partner of Wychwood Partner and co-Chairman of Universal Defence and Security Solutions Ltd. He became the President of the Victory Services Club on 23rd October 2019.

Chairman Major General Seumas Kerr CBE 

Seumas served for 35 years in the Army and commanded 102 Logistic Brigade and the 4th Division. His civilian career includes three roles.  Between 2006-2007 he was Chief Operating Officer Doha Development Company and from 2007-2018 he was a Carillion Director. From 2018 he became the Managing Director of D Group, Strategy International, and also acts as a Strategic Adviser to Lockheed Martin. His extra-mural responsibilities include Colonel Commandant The Royal Logistic Corps, Honorary Colonel Dorset Cadets, Trustee Armed Forces Catholic Trust, Honorary Ordnance Officer at The Tower of London, and Captain of the General’s Golf Team! He has been married to Sue for 40 years and they have 3 married daughters, who all live and work in London. Seumas became a trustee on 8th July 2014 and Chairman on 8th July 2020.

Vice Chairman Colonel Philippe Rossiter Hon DLitt MBA FIH FRGS

Following a 30-year military career with the Army Catering Corps, and subsequently the Royal Logistic Corps, Philippe became Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality in 2002, and then Executive Secretary to the Master Innholders, retiring from this role in 2017. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Surrey and the Open University, and a MBA from Bournemouth University as well as Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Surrey and West London. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Innholders and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks, he remains engaged with a number of hospitality industry bodies.  Philippe became a trustee on 16th April 2013 and the Vice Chairman on 20th March 2019.

WO Jake Alpert MBE-Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer 

WO Jake Alpert joined the Royal Air Force in 1988 as an RAF Regiment Gunner. After completing several Squadron tours, he passed the All Arms Commando Course in 2004 before being assigned to 45 Commando Royal Marines, and he completed two tours with the Royal Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He subsequently completed operational deployments on Op TELIC, 10, 15 and 18 including most latterly as the Kandahar Airfield Garrison Sergeant Major. On his return, he was assigned to the RAF Regiment Training Wing, before his selection in 2015 as the Station Warrant Officer at RAF Halton. In April 2017, Alpert was appointed the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of Allied Air Command, where he was also awarded an MBE. In October 2019, he was appointed to his current role as Chief of the Air Warrant Officer and became a trustee of the VSC on 6th October 2019.

Honorary Treasurer
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Ward

Richard Ward was commissioned into the RAPC through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1988 leaving the Army in 2010. He is a keen sportsman, although arthritic knees limits participation to cycling, swimming and skiing, and the occasional “hack” around a golf course. He lives in Devizes with his wife Gillian. He is a passionate supporter of Welsh rugby and a long-suffering season ticket holder at the Rec, Bath. Richard became a trustee on 6th February 2017 and is the Honorary Treasurer.

Mrs Sue BonneyMajor Charles Marment

Charles Marment spent 32 years in the Army Reserve with The Honourable Artillery Company where he finished as second-in command.  Charles became a trustee on 13th April 2013.  He has been on the Victory Services Club Executive Committee since 2015 specifically advising on the Club`s stock market portfolio as the Chairman of the Investment Committee. He is the advisor to the board of Trustees of the Royal Artillery and 18(UKSF)Signal Regiment. He manages funds at the Private Client investment firm Charles Stanley where he has worked for over 30 years and is a Liveryman of the Drapers` Company. 

Air Vice-Marshal Steve Chisnall CB

Steve retired from the RAF in 2008 in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. His final appointment was as the Deputy Commandant at the Royal College of Defence Studies. Earlier roles included being on the Directing Staff at the Advanced Staff College, Head of Administration at RAF Aldergrove, Deputy Director Defence Policy, Station Commander RAF Halton, Deputy Director Defence Training Review and ACOS A1 at HQ Strike Command. Since leaving the RAF he has worked in a start-up with King’s College London, developing and delivering ‘war game’ simulations and since 2012 he has worked at the University of Southampton where he lectures on international security and strategy.  He became a trustee of the VSC 8th July 2014 and is also a trustee of the Officer’s Association.

Mr Paul Brackley

Paul Brackley was formally the General Manager at the Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard where he successfully settled the hotel following the hotel’s challenging opening. Under his leadership the hotel was awarded the Automobile Association’s Five Red Stars, and the prestigious globally recognised Forbes Five Star Rating in 2019. Prior to joining the Shangri-La Group Paul was Managing Director of the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair.  Previous senior roles include General Manager with InterContinental Hotels Group and with Taj Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. He started his career in hospitality over 30 years ago as a Trainee Manager with the Savoy Group, working at the Savoy, Claridges, the Connaught and the Berkeley hotels.  Paul became a trustee on 13th October 2015.

Wing Commander
Tracey Pilkington MBE

Tracey Pilkington joined the Royal Air Force in 1991 as a Personnel Officer and in her current role is responsible for the oversight of all 'Personnel at Risk' serving in the RAF, including all Wounded, Injured and Sick airmen and women. Tracey uses her unique position and regular contact with staff supporting Serving personnel with welfare needs as a platform for promoting the Respite and Welfare breaks provided by the Victory Services Club as part of our Charitable Objectives. Tracey became a trustee on 16th March 2016. 

Mrs Mandy Hickson

Flt Lt (Retd) Mandy Hickson served in the RAF from 1994-2011. During this time she flew Tornado GR4s on II(AC) Sqn at RAF Marham and completed staff tours at HQ 1 Group. Mandy is now Managing Director of Hickson-Experience from the Front Line, delivering keynote presentations and facilitated training sessions to a range of global clients. Since leaving the RAF Mandy has served as a school governor, is ambassador for sport for Hampshire County Council and has been the Chairman of her local tennis club.  She still supports the RAF as a Volunteer Reservist, flying Air Cadets in the Grob Tutor aircraft.  Mandy became a trustee on 6th February 2017.

Air Commodore Paul Higgins

A logistics specialist by background, Paul served in a range of tri-Service strategic, operational and command appointments in the UK and overseas; the culmination of his command experience was as the twin-hatted Station Commander RAF Wittering/RAF Logistics Force Commander. His wide operational experience includes service with the UN missions in Angola and Rwanda, and multiple tours of duty in the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere. On leaving the RAF in 2015 as an Air Commodore, he became a Programme Delivery Director in PwC's management consultancy practice. Since May 2017, he has been the Chief of Staff/Director Governance at the RAF Benevolent Fund.  Paul became a trustee on 6th February 2017.

Mrs Sue Bonney

Captain Rich Harris

Rich Harris is a Captain in the Royal Navy and is currently the CO of the RN Ratings’ New Entry Training Establishment at HMS RALEIGH. He has served for 23 years as a Logistics Officer, and has spent half of his career at sea, as well as serving on joint operations and at the Ministry of Defence. His wife is also a serving Naval Officer, and during the limited time together they mainly play golf and drink fine wine. Rich became a trustee on 6th February 2017.

Warrant Officer 1st Class Carl "Speedy" Steedman

Warrant Officer 1 ‘Speedy’ Steedman joined the Royal Navy initially as a Radio Operator in May 1991 before selection as an Operator Mechanic. He subsequently served on HMS INVINCIBLE, HMS OCEAN and then HMS EDINBURGH; the latter included a 4-month deployment on Operation TELIC.  Promoted to Chief Petty Officer in October 2006, he joined the Maritime Battle Staff and during an 18-month period, he served over 11 months in the North Arabian Gulf. He was promoted to Warrant Officer first class in 2011 and joined HMS COLLINGWOOD as the Warrant Officer of the Communications and Information System School. He was appointed as WO J6 in the Joint Force Headquarters in July 2013 and during his tour, he was deployed on Op SHADER and Op WEALD. In September 2015, he returned to HMS OCEAN as the Executive Warrant Officer. In his 30 months on-board the ship spent over 440 days at sea, providing the base for embarked Battle Staffs in several exercises, including the largest NATO exercise held for 20 years. He joined HMS EXCELLENT as Base Warrant Officer in April 2018 and seventeen months later was selected for the role of Warrant Officer Naval Service on 31st January 2020, when he also became a VSC trustee.

Ms Catherine Newhall-Caiger

Catherine is Managing Director of Bramcote International, a bespoke consultancy offering a range of business improvement services to national and international conference venues, associations and conferences. She previously was Business Development Director for the NEC Group, Birmingham where she secured major conferences and led the project teams on high profile events including the G8 Summit, Conservative Party Conferences and the NATO Defence Ministers’ Informal Meeting. She is married to Paul and they are proud owners of two Slovakian Rough Haired Pointers, Poppy and Daisy.  Catherine became a trustee on 2nd August 2017. 

Mrs Sue Bonney

Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pealin

Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pealin RAMC joined the Army in 1991 and has served in a variety of appointments either at Regimental duty or on the Staff, either in medical specific roles or wider personnel focussed appointments.  He also has experience in the Joint environment, having served at PJHQ.  Lieutenant Colonel Pealin's current role is as SO1 Pers in HQ Regional Command where he has a broad portfolio covering all G1 functions across the Army in the firm base. He has deployed on major operations.  Lieutenant Colonel Pealin is married to Kerrie who has recently left the Army and they have two children.  In his spare time, and the Army's, Lt Col Pealin is a keen offshore sailor and orienteer.  Damien became a trustee on 27th March 2018.

Warrant Officer 1 (CRSM) Dave Mason

Warrant Officer 1 (RSM) Dave Mason joined the Royal Marines in 1992. He has deployed on three tours in Northern Ireland. In 1994 he deployed as part of a NATO maritime boarding team in the Adriatic. In 2004 he deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC and saw active service in Al Amarah, Baghdad and Basra.  He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 2011 and selected to be WO1 Regimental Sergeant Major of 43 Commando Force Protection Gp RM in 2014. He has conducted further Regimental Sergeant Major appointments in 40 Commando RM and HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM, before being awarded the prestigious role of the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major in April 2018.  Dave became a trustee on 9th April 2018.

Mr Christopher Lacey

Christopher is the Managing Director of Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL), a private company managing assets and trading businesses in the hospitality, farming and real estate sectors. Prior to joining SRSL, Christopher, a Chartered Surveyor, worked at the Pension Protection Fund and Mercury Asset Management, now Black Rock Investment Management. Christopher commutes into the West End from home in North Bedfordshire where he lives with wife, Juliana, and son, Jonathan. His affinity with the Services came through his father who served with the Grenadier Guards.  Christopher became a trustee on 23rd April 2018.

Mrs Sue Bonney

Mr Gethin Roberts

Gethin left the RAF in 1990 and joined The Royal Mail as a postal executive in charge of transport at Luton and went on to hold a number of senior roles within Royal Mail including Distribution Manager for Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. Gethin then moved into the Recruitment Industry as Head of the Driving Division at Blue Arrow, one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies. Gethin held this position until he set up Drivers Direct in 2002. Since this time he has held the position of Managing Director, where he is responsible for the business’ strategy and continued growth. In the last year alone, the company has increased turnover to £26m. Gethin became a trustee on 23rd April 2018.

WO1 Command Corporal Major Steve Parker

Warrant Officer 1 Steve Parker assumed the post of Home Command Command Corporal Major in June 2018, having been successful in gaining a Late Entry Commission into the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR). His previous assignment as a WO1 was as Regimental Corporal Major (RCM) of the Household Cavalry Regiment where he proudly served for 2 Years. He has deployed on numerous Operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia. In 2018 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Steve became a trustee on 28th May 2018.

Lieutenant Colonel Anita Newcourt MBE TD

Lt Colonel Anita Newcourt is currently Executive Vice President Customer Experience for an executive jet company, having worked previously for Etihad Airways in a similar role. Anita ran the VIP service at Heathrow for 18 years, often acting as the greeter on behalf of the government for heads of state arriving into London (as seen on BBC’s “Airport” Documentary). Anita is an Army Reservist specialising in Media and PR which is where her professional life began. Anita became a trustee on 31st October 2018.

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