David Richmond, Recovery Director
I commanded The Argylls, 5 SCOTS during OP HERRICK 8 and was seriously wounded during a Battle Group operation near Musa Qaleh. Now retired from the Army, I am Operations Director for Help for Heroes Recovery responsible for the four national Recovery Centres at Tidworth, Catterick, Colchester and Plymouth; the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters; Grants; Training and Development; Welfare; Psychological Wellbeing; Health and Physical Wellbeing and Sports Recovery programmes. My roles cover all aspects of delivering and developing support for our wounded, injured and sick and their families. This involves constantly reviewing what is needed, developing our services accordingly and working closely with the MOD, other charities, the NHS and local authorities.
Giles Woodhouse, Centre Manager, Tedworth House Recovery Centre
After a few years as a professional archaeologist in the Midlands trying to become the next Indiana Jones, I joined the Staffords which became 3 Mercian (Staffords) in 2007. During a 19 year career I served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and was privileged to command the Battalion on operations on Operation HERRICK 14. Running Tedworth House Recovery Centre for Help for Heroes has given me a wonderful opportunity to continue supporting our deserving servicemen, veterans and their families. Outside work, when not supporting my wife running the Royal Oak Hotel in Bere Regis, I try to indulge my passion for archaeology and be outdoors at every opportunity.
Mo Usman, General Manager, Catterick Recovery Centre
I have an Armed Forces background with several tours to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Russia-Georgia, and was lucky to benefit from the exotic side of military postings to Malaysia, Australia and short stints to the Ascension Islands, Indonesia and Gibraltar. I have worked in a variety of employments including intelligence, logistics, training and planning fields. I left the forces early, helped set up a small Luxury hotel in the Yorkshire dales – the Burgoyne. In November 2010 I was selected to head up a project to develop the Interim Recovery Centre in Catterick. My appointment as General Manager allows me the privilege of leading a dynamic, focused team to provide support to our wounded, injured, sick, veterans and families. I see our role as not changing the world but supporting those whose world has changed.
Steve Schollar, General Manager, Colchester Recovery Centre
After 32 rewarding years in the RAF’s Personnel Support Branch, serving around the UK, in Germany, Israel, the South Atlantic and the Middle East, I joined Help for Heroes in March 2012. I count myself extremely fortunate to work for Help for Heroes as the general manager of the first purpose-built Recovery Centre which provides a haven for the ‘blokes’ as they recover from the many challenges life has dealt them. In partnership with the ARC, and with the outstanding support of my team and the people of East Anglia, we have put together a comprehensive and exciting programme to complement the blokes’ own preparations for the future.
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Jock Easton, Project Officer, Plymouth
After a 35 year career in the Royal Navy specialising in sport, recreation and adventure, I was instrumental in establishing the recovery pathway here in Plymouth. My current role is acting as the H4H Project Officer tasked with delivering the new Recovery Centre in Plymouth. It’s a challenge that involves bringing all of the experts together in order to maintain momentum to meet our target of opening in 2013. I act as the H4H SW focal point for any issue that falls outside the regional volunteer organisation; I give talks, receive cheques, attend events, and offer wise counsel and diplomacy.
Linda Walton, Head of Grants
I'm a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and joined Help for Heroes in the Spring of 2010. Prior to that I spent the last 10 years working with the Defence Company QinetiQ, 5 years with the Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down and then a further 5 years within the Aerospace Consulting Sector at Farnborough. On reaching a significant birthday I decided to change course and seek a position with a Charity that I feel a real empathy towards and I was delighted to be asked to join Help for Heroes as a Project Accountant and then as Head of Grants. I'm hugely passionate about ensuring our grant funds get to support as many of our wounded, injured and sick Heroes as possible.
Martin Colclough, Head of Battle Back Phoenix Centre Programme
I joined H4H in May 2011 having served in Army and a Junior Soldier from the age of 16, firstly in the Parachute Regiment and latterly in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). During my military career I developed a keen interest in rehabilitation and paralympic sport, which led me to take a career break as the Senior Paralympic Performance Manager at UK Athletics during 2006/7. In 2008 I helped establish the MOD's Battle Back Programme at Headley Court, a founding partner of which was H4H. My role in the Charity as Head of Sports Recovery is to maintain our position as the leading provider of adaptive sport and adventurous training opportunities, through the Battle Back programme, to wounded, injured and sick personnel to help maintain an active and independent lifestyle, participate in competitive sport and through the delivery of vocational training courses. Much of this work involves exploiting existing opportunities and developing innovative programs with key partners such as the British Paralympic Association and National Governing Bodies for sport.
Vanessa Lewis, Head of Psychological Wellbeing
I am a Psychologist who has worked in private, public and third sector settings but have a specialism and passion for working with military, ex-military personnel and their families. My military experience includes working as part of the Mental Health Team at the MoD’s Rehabilitation Centre ‘Headley Court’, ‘Combat Stress’ and ‘Walking with the Wounded’. At Help for Heroes, I ensure that we deliver the best and most relevant psychological wellbeing support and guidance for those who need it. My work with Help for Heroes has incorporated delivering mental health workshops for those coming through the centres, family members and the staff themselves. My role is integral to the development and implementation of the new Hidden Wounds Psychological Support Programme.