Our board of 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.

General the Lord Dannatt | President

General Dannatt

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL was commissioned into The Green Howards in 1971 and served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany. His military career took him to Kosovo in 1999 and Bosnia in 2000. He assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in August 2006.

Lord Dannatt retired from the Army in August 2009 to become Constable of The Tower of London until 2016.

He has been hugely involved in Help for Heroes from the start, both as a Trustee and as a Founder Patron before agreeing to become Honorary President of the Charity.

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Michael Lake CBE became Chairman of the charity in November 2017.

He has extensive experience leading inter-agency collaboration and development, having formerly been a Trustee of the Disaster Emergency Committee and the Charities Aid Foundation. In non-executive roles, Michael has also worked with organisations specialising in the service delivery of care including Cornwall Care and Orchard Care Homes.

Michael was the Director General of Help the Aged for 13 years, prior to his current executive position as the Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society. At Help the Aged, he oversaw a large and complex fundraising, service delivery and grant-making charity. At the end of his tenure, the charity had an income of £80m with a team of over 1,800 working to ensure that care could be delivered.

Before entering the third sector, Michael spent 30 years as an Officer in the British Army.

Lieutenant Gerneral Sir Philip Trousdell KBE CB was educated at Berkhamsted School, and then commissioned into the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968. He was Commanding Officer of 1Bn Royal Irish Rangers from 1989 to 1991. From 1992 to 1993 he commanded 48 Gurkha Brigade in Hong Kong. He served as Chief of Staff at Headquarters Land Command from 1997 to 2000 when he became Commander of Operations for the Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2001 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served as General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2005 when he retired.

Sir Philip is Vice-Chairman of Trustees for Help for Heroes Charity. He also Chairs the Help for Heroes Recovery and Grants Committee meeting.

Sir Robert completed a full military career that included posts as Commandant General of the Royal Marines and Director of Operations in the MoD.

After leaving military service in 2007 he became CEO of Hewlett Packard’s defence and security business. In 2010 he became chairman of the McKinney Rogers Group of companies and in 2011 chairman of Albany Associates.

He is an occasional columnist for a number of periodicals and a feature writer for Prospect Magazine; he is a visiting professor at Reading University and a visiting fellow at Oxford. 

"It's rather poignant to reflect at the centenary of 1914 that we have failed our wounded for the last 100 years. We must do better this time and I want to be part of the process that makes that happen."

Sir Robert is also a member of the Help for Heroes Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Steve Harman is the Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (since July 2013), having previously served as a Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell.  Born and raised in Durham, Steve was educated at Durham University (BA Hons) and Warwick. From 1980 onwards, Steve worked for Royal Dutch Shell in positions across Europe, Asia and the Americas.  Between 1999 and 2004 he was CEO of Shell Marine.  As CEO of Pennzoil in the USA between 2006-09, Steve became exposed to and involved in the extensive US Forces rehabilitation, recovery and re-integration programmes.

Steve has extensive experience of dealing with multiple stakeholders and government organisations, and has sat on various corporate boards whilst holding a variety of executive and non-executive positions in the UK, America and Asia. Steve is also a Member of Durham University Council, a non-executive with two private equity firms, and a supporter and mentor to a number of small business start-ups. Steve has been a keen racehorse owner for over 20 years – both on the flat and over jumps – mostly in small partnerships with a variety of trainers.  Steve is the Chair for Help for Heroes Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and is a member of Help for Heroes Recovery and Grants Committee.

His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, Judge Advocate General. Joined the Royal Navy from school in 1973 and served for 31 years before retiring as a Commodore in 2004.  He graduated in law from University College London in 1976, was selected to read for the bar in 1982 and completed a Master of Studies in Legal Research at St Anthony’s College Oxford in 2000.  He mixed general duties and “legal” appointments throughout his career.

Later appointments in the Royal Navy included the Commander of HMS COLLINGWOOD, the Director of Navy Pay and Pensions and the Chief Naval Judge Advocate and Director of Naval Legal Services. He also undertook part time judicial appointments while serving in the Royal Navy of Naval Judge Advocate, Acting Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate and Recorder.

He was appointed as a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit and Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces on 1 November 2004. He became a Senior Circuit Judge in 2005 and was elected Bencher of Gray's Inn in July 2008. He was appointed Special Professor of law at Nottingham University in 2010, and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013.  He has a passion for sport, having played rugby and cricket for the Royal Navy, and he has been a member of the RFU Council since 2000.  His wife, Sally, of 33 years is an ex WRNS officer, his son is a warfare officer in the Royal Navy currently serving in HMS DARING and his daughter is an event manager. 

His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett is also a member of Help for Heroes Income Operations Committee.

Professor Hope Hailey is University Vice-President and Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and holds a Chair in Management Studies. Externally facing in this role she is a member of the Government’s new Productivity Group in addition to being a member of the Steering Group for the UK Government’s Task Force on Employee Engagement. She has been named among the “UK’s Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers” from 2012 to 2016. Her previous appointments include Associate Dean and Professor of HRM at CASS Business School, Professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management, Professor of Strategy at Bath between 2004 & 2006, and also a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Hope Hailey has worked for over 20 years on issues to do with strategic change in organisations and has co-authored one of the bestselling text books on the topic, Exploring Strategic Change, for which the fourth edition has recently been published.

Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. A consistent theme of the collaborations is exploration of the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her most recent work has focused on the Repair of Trust following the financial crisis, culminating in a series of reports for the CIPD, “Where has all the trust gone?”, “Cultivating Trustworthy Leaders” and “Experiencing Trustworthy Leadership”. In 2015 she published two CIPD reports with Professor Julia Balogun on “Landing Transformational Change”. This research was undertaken within 25 organisations, including the John Lewis Partnership, the NHS, GKN, Norton Rose, HMRC, BIS and a banking group.

Veronica is married with five daughters.

Tom Wright grew up in Kenya and was then educated both at school and university in England. After Durham University he joined the British Army as an officer in The Royal Green Jackets. He saw service in Northern Ireland, England, Cyprus, Germany and The Sultanate of Oman. He ended his military career as aide-de-camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff in London.

In 1986 he joined John Swire & Sons and was seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong. During his nearly 27 years with the Swire Group he served in a variety of roles that covered country and regional management; airline planning; heading up inflight services and then HR for the airline. He has also worked in a number of countries - Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the USA, Bahrain and for the last 6 years with the Group in India.

On retirement from Swire’s in 2013 he joined IMM Associates in London. IMM is a specialist advisory and investment firm that helps companies develop businesses in international growth markets. In 2015 he became part of Alexander Hughes UK as an Executive Search Client Partner covering Aerospace, Defence and the Travel industries.

Tom is the Chair of Help for Heroes Operations Committee and a member of Help for Heroes Income Operations Committee. Tom is also actively involved with a number of Asian focused charities and NGOs.

Married with 2 children, his other interests include hiking, country activities, travel – especially in wild and remote areas, food and music of all types.


Major Peter Norton deployed to Baghdad in 2005 and at the end of July was very seriously injured by an IED; in March 2006 he was awarded the George Cross for his actions during the incident.  Following 11 months of hospitalisation and 14 months of rehabilitation at DMRC Headley Court, Pete returned to study for a MSc in Explosive Ordnance Engineering (EOE) at the Defence Academy in August 2007 and was subsequently appointed ‘SO2 Counter-IED and EOE’ within the Technical Division of the Defence Academy’s College of Management and Technology in Sep 2008.  He remained in post until 2013, lecturing and mentoring students on a range of military and post-graduate courses, until retiring on medical ground.  

An active Fellow of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, Pete sat on the National Council and was Chair of its Technical Committee.  Pete is the Vice Chairman (UK) (Chairman (designate)), member of the VC & GC Association and trustee of the VC & GC Benevolent Trust.  

In addition he is a “Hero Patron” of Help for Heroes and a supporter and fund-raiser for SSAFA, ABF, BLESMA and The Felix Fund.  Pete has rediscovered his love of photography plus new pastimes and interests such as downhill sit-skiing and hand-biking.

Pete is also a member of the Help for Heroes Recovery and Boards Committee.

Rod Dunn MB DS DMCC FRCS (Plast) is a former Royal Marines Officer and Royal Navy Medical Officer who is now a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at the Odstock Centre for Burns Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Salisbury Hospital.

His special interests are Reconstructive Hand Surgery, Lower Limb Reconstruction (including revision of amputation stumps) and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Rod and fellow Consultant Plastic Surgeon Miss Alex Crick have been involved in the treatment of wounded soldiers since 2008. They attend regular clinics at Headley Court, and with the team in Salisbury have operated on many patients with complex war injuries, often requiring multiple hospital admissions.


Rod is also a member of the Help for Heroes Recovery and Boards Committee.

Robert Watsham is an Executive Search consultant with Eric Salmon & Partners in London. He specialises in identifying senior management and board members for financial institutions in the Emerging Markets worlds of Africa and the Middle East and is a regular traveller to the African continent.

He has also been involved with the recruitment of some of the senior management team for Help for Heroes and has experienced first hand the works of the charity by riding in the Big Battlefield Bike Rides of 2012 and 2014.

Robert is also a member of the Help for Heroes Operations Committee.

Robert lives with his partner Judith in Kent and, between them, they have four children who have all left home.

Tony Schofield is a Partner in the Consulting division of Deloitte, the world's largest privately owned professional services firm. With a Financial Services background, Tony also runs the Operational Excellence practice in the UK, helping organisations to improve their operational effectiveness and efficiency. Tony is married with three children.

Tony also chairs the Help for Heroes Income Operations Committee.


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