Area Office 715X195 About the Legion

Governance

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.

Members of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board are listed below.

Patron and National President

Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, 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
 Bill Parkin  Dr Diana Henderson
 Col Neil Salisbury OBE  Maj Gen David Jolliffe CB FRCP
 Martyn Tighe  Philip Moore
 Lt Col David Whimpenny  Anthony Macauley
   Catherine Quinn 
   
Women's Section   Wendy Bromwich
 National Chairman Women's Section

 

Executive Board

Director General  Chris Simpkins
Deputy Director General & Director of Finance  John Graham
Director Operations  Sue Freeth
Commercial Director  Stephen Cooper
Director Fundraising  Charles Byrne
Director Human Resources & Organisational Development  Sharron Lewis-James
Chief Financial Officer  Helen Downie
   
supported by  
Head of Governance & Administration  Allan Burgin
Women's Section National Secretary  Anthony Beattie
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