The Legion is governed by a Board of Trustees. Elections and appointments are staggered over a three year cycle to allow an intake of new Trustees every year.

The Board exercises responsibility for the overall strategic direction, governance and management of the Legion. The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Legion through the Director General to the Executive Board.


Patron and National President

The Royal British Legion is honoured to have Her Majesty the Queen as its Patron. While having royal patronage from its founding in 1921, the Legion received its "Royal" appellation in 1971 on its golden anniversary.

The National President of The Royal British Legion is Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, appointed in October 2012.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is President of the Women's Section of The Royal British Legion.

Board of Trustees

National Chairman

Mr John Crisford

National Vice Chairman

Mr Terry Whittles


Elected Trustees                                                                                                       

Appointed Trustees

Mrs Denise Edgar

Adrian Burn

Lt Col Joseph Falzon OSJ BEM

Jason Coward

Colin Kemp

Maj Gen David Jolliffe CB FRCP

Bill Parkin

Philip Moore

Col Neil Salisbury OBE DL

Anthony Macaulay

Martyn Tighe

Catherine Quinn

Lt Col David Whimpenny


Women's Section

Mrs Marilyn Humphry
National Chairman Women's Section

Executive Board

Director General

Chris Simpkins

Deputy Director General & Director of Finance

John Graham

Director Operations

Anthony Baines

Commercial Director

Stephen Cooper

Director Fundraising

Charles Byrne

Director Marketing & Communications

Gary Ryan

Director Human Resources & Organisational Development

Jane Hounsome


supported by


Head of Governance & Administration

Allan Burgin

Women's Section National Secretary


Chief Financial Officer

Helen Downie