Donate Poppy Shop
close-icon

Governance

The Royal British Legion is honoured to have Her Majesty the Queen 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 Lt General James Bashall CB, CBE appointed in May 2019.

As National President, Lt General James Bashall will represent the Legion at key ceremonial events including the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph and the Legion'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 2019 and beyond

Our activities of Remembrance, fundraising and service provision not only help people, but they also bring people together. Read our latest annual report to find out more about our work and our ambitious plans for the future.

Download our annual report

Our aims for 2019 and beyond

Our activities of Remembrance, fundraising and service provision not only help people, but they also bring people together. Read our latest annual report to find out more about our work and our ambitious plans for the future.

Download our annual report

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

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 delegates responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Legion through the Director General to the Executive Board.

Board of Trustees

National President

Lt General James Bashall CB, CBE

 

National Chairman

Mrs Una Cleminson BEM TD
 
Elected Trustees

Denise Edgar

Lt Col Joseph Falzon OSJ BEM

Grp Captain Anny Reid (RAF Retd) OBE ARRC

Rod Bedford
David Whimpenny
Paul Harris
Lynda Atkins (co-opted until Annual Conference 2020)
 
Appointed Trustees
Debbie Sorkin
Jason Coward

Major General David Jolliffe CB FRCP

Philip Moore
Liz Butler

Anthony Macaulay

 

Chairman of Women’s Section

Pat Chrimes

 

Executive Board

Director General
Charles Byrne
Director of Finance
Daniel Oppenheimer

Director of Operations

Antony Baines
Director of Fundraising 
Claire Rowcliffe
Director of Remembrance and Marketing
Gary Ryan 
Director of HR and Organisational Development
Sue Donaldson

 

Supported by Allan Burgin, Head of Governance and Administration, and Helen Downie, Chief Financial Officer.

Previous annual reports

Discover more

Back to top