The Royal British Legion is honoured to have had Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as our Patron.

While having royal patronage from its founding in 1921, the Legion received its "Royal" appellation in 1971 on its golden anniversary.

Our National President is Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB, appointed in May 2023.

As National President, Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB will represent the Royal British Legion at key ceremonial events including the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph and RBL's Festival of Remembrance.

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

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collector in battledress holding red collection box

Our aims for 2023 and beyond

The RBL is a community made up of members, volunteers and staff across the UK and with branches around the world. Read our latest annual report to find out more about our work and our ambitious plans for the future.
Download our annual report

Thank you

We are so grateful for all donations which we have received over the past year. Our work would not be possible without our supporter’s generosity.
Thank you to our contributors

The Board exercises responsibility for the overall strategic direction, governance and management of RBL.

The Royal British 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 delegates responsibility for the day-to-day running of RBL through the Director General to the Executive Board.

The RBL Board of Trustees

The RBL Board of Trustees sets the organisation's overall strategy and direction.
Learn more about the Board

Board of Trustees

National President

Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB

National Chair

Jason Coward

National Vice Chair

Lynda Atkins

Elected Trustees

John Boisson

Phil Davies

James Lambert

Paul Harris

Steven Lee

Anny Reid OBE

Heather Spence

Helen Owen

Appointed Trustees

Paul Astruc

Elizabeth Butler FCA

Monica Risam

Debbie Sorkin

Patsy Wilkinson

Chairman of Women’s Section

Heather Spence

Executive Board

Director General
Mark Atkinson

Executive Director: Services

Antony Baines

Executive Director: Marketing, Fundraising, and Remembrance

Gary Ryan 

Executive Director: People and Organisational Development

Karen Gill

Executive Director: Membership

Janet Talman

Discover more

Back to top