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Governance

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.

Our National President is Air Marshal David Walker CB CBE AFC MA RAF (Retd) appointed in May 2016.

As National President, Air Marshal Walker 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.

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 Chairman

Terry Whittles
 
National Vice Chairman
Una Cleminson
 
Elected Trustees

Denise Edgar

Lt Col Joseph Falzon OSJ BEM
Colin Kemp
Anny Reid
Rod Bedford 
David Whimpenny
Paul Harris QGM
 
Appointed Trustees
Debbie Sorkin
Jason Coward
Maj Gen David Jolliffe CB FRCP
Philip Moore
Liz Butler

 

Pat Chrimes is Chairwoman of the Royal British Legion Women's Section.

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 Membership and Volunteering
Emma Cannings 
Director of HR and Organisational Development
Sue Donaldson

 

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

Trustees are key leadership roles within The Royal British Legion.

The forthcoming elections are for the following roles: National Chairman, National Vice-Chairman, and Trustees (three positions).

Our information pack provides all of the information and supporting documents that Voting Branches will need to submit nominations.

The elections are due to take place prior to the 2019 Annual Conference

2019 elections

As we move on from our commemoration of the end of the First World War, the new National Chairman, National Vice-Chairman and Trustees will be steering the Legion's plans for our centenary in 2021 and beyond.

Download our election pack

2019 elections

As we move on from our commemoration of the end of the First World War, the new National Chairman, National Vice-Chairman and Trustees will be steering the Legion's plans for our centenary in 2021 and beyond.

Download our election pack

Previous annual reports

You can also download our 2017 annual report.

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