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Our Governance and Trustees

THE TRUSTEES

Our Boards of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Charity.

They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review Help for Heroes' strategies and policies, and to receive reports from senior management. 

All Trustees work for Help for Heroes in an unpaid, voluntary capacity. 

The Board delegates some of its group powers and responsibilities in a series of sub-committees and panels as Finance, Legal, Property and Risk. These panels comprise Trustees, management and external advisors/experts.

Our Trustees:

Our Boards of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Charity.

They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review our strategies and policies, and to receive reports from senior management. 

All Trustees work for us in an unpaid, voluntary capacity. 

The Board delegates some of its group powers and responsibilities in a series of sub-committees. 

Our Trustees: 


Nigel Boardman
(Chair of Trustees)

Chair of Trustees, Nigel Boardman

Nigel Boardman joined the Charity as our new Chair of Trustees in September 2020.

Nigel, whose mother’s family is the only family to have ever won three Victoria Crosses, joins us with an exceptionally successful career as a corporate M&A lawyer and practice leader with Slaughter and May.

He is passionate about helping rebuild the lives of those who suffered life-changing injuries or illness as a result of their service, after his grandfather sustained a significant injury in combat. His father also served in World War Two and was awarded the military cross, as were his uncle and great uncle.

Speaking about his appointment, Nigel paid tribute to Charity's co-founders Bryn and Emma Parry and said he wants to make a difference to the lives of those who served their nation.

He said:

“Bryn and Emma Parry created a truly magnificent organisation which changed the public’s perception of the sacrifices our armed forces make on our behalf, and of the duty we owe to those who suffer so that we can lead our lives in peace.

“As those heroes move through their lives their needs do not diminish, and nor should our gratitude to them. I am determined that Help for Heroes, in combination with others in the sector, keep the promise Bryn and Emma made on behalf of all of us and that those wounded, especially in the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, continue to receive the support they require.”

 

Philip Yates

(Vice-Chair)

Philip Yates, Vice-Chair of Trustees

Philip Yates joined the Charity as a Trustee in January 2019 and was appointed Vice Chair in September 2020. 

Philip is Chair of Planixs Limited, a UK fintech software company, and an adviser and investor in various businesses across a range of sectors. 

A lawyer by professional background, Philip previously spent 30 years in investment banking, working at S.G. Warburg, Merrill Lynch, where his roles included Head of European Investment Banking and Head of Global M&A, and Perella Weinberg Partners, where he was a founding partner until his retirement in 2019. 

Philip is currently a school Governor at Pooles Park Primary School in Finsbury Park, London and Co-Chair of Jesus College Cambridge’s alumni fundraising committee. Previous charitable roles included Chair of the NSPCC Stop Organised Abuse fundraising board and a member of the NSPCC Helpline fundraising board. 

 

Stuart Bell CBE

Stuart Bell, CBE, Trustee

Stuart Bell CBE has been a Trustee of ours since 2018. He was until recently Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust from which he retired after nearly 38 years’ service in the NHS. Before Oxford Health he was CEO of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) for over 13 years. He was regularly cited by the Health Service Journal as one of the most influential NHS Trust chief executives in the country. He was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS in 2008.

One of his particular interests is in building the most effective relationships between academic researchers and those who deliver services. He is proud to have been involved in the establishment of the UK’s only two Biomedical Research Centres for Mental Health, most recently in Oxford and previously at the Maudsley Hospital. 

Another major interest is in promoting care which is truly focussed around individuals and their needs. He was for many years a Trustee and later the Chairman of the Picker Institute (Europe), a charity devoted to improving the way in which health services make their services more patient and person-centred. He believes that care is ‘something we should do with people rather than to people’. 

Stuart is an Honorary Fellow of King’s College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

 

Charles Donald

Charles Donald, Trustee

Charles Donald joined the Charity as a Trustee in January 2019. Charles is the Chief Executive of UK Government Investments (“UKGI”), having previously been Head of UKGI’s Financial Institutions Group. UKGI is the government’s centre of excellence in corporate finance and corporate governance. Prior to UKGI, Charles spent over 30 years in investment banking working in both corporate advisory and equity research. His prior charity experience includes over 7 years as Chair of an educational charity.

 

Liz Rylatt

Liz Rylatt, Trustee

Liz joined CAF as Group Chief Financial Offer in February 2022.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Computer Science Liz qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, also in Newcastle. 

She then spent a number of years in lead finance roles with various retail organisations (John Lewis/House of Fraser and Laura Ashley), before using her financial skills in a new sector. 

Liz spent 18 years with the BBC working across the Corporation in a number of Divisional and Corporate finance roles. She prepared the business case for the set-up of the 24 Hour News channel and the News Online service. As CFO of the Operations Division she supported the COO of the BBC leading the Property, Technology, Marketing and HR functions as well as Finance. During her tenure Liz was involved in a number of transformation projects in both Finance and Operations delivering savings back to the business. 

Liz was appointed CFO of City, University of London in August 2016. As CFO, Liz had responsibility for the Finance, Property & Facilities and IT teams

 

Clive Warner

Clive Warner, Trustee

Clive is a KPMG trained Chartered Accountant who, since qualifying, has held senior financial positions in Retail, Leisure and Third Sector companies including NAAFI, Timpsons, Woolworths, UCI Cinemas and Retail Trust. He has also been a Trustee (and Treasurer) with the charity British Tinnitus Association since 2014. 

As CFO at NAAFI from 2000 to 2007, Clive was instrumental in supporting the armed forces with retail and leisure facilities globally – and, in particular in building such facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.     

There is a strong tradition of charity work in Clive's family and, since retiring from his Executive roles in 2019, he has spent more of his time and energy on supporting charities and family.