Our board of Trustees

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

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 and commanded the Battalion in the Airmobile role from 1989 to 1991. From 1994 to 1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade in Germany and Bosnia. He took command of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in January 1999, and served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces. In 2000 he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From 2001 to 2002 he was the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking command of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). In March 2005 he took over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command, and assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in August 2006. 

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Alex Scott-Barrett qualified as a chartered accountant after leaving university and then worked for over 20 years at Cazenove, the City investment bank.  He is currently a non-executive director of a range of companies, both quoted and private, and a trustee of a number of charities in London and East Anglia.

Alex is the Chairman of Trustees for Help for Heroes Charity. He is also a member of Help for Heroes Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Help for Heroes Investment Committee and Help for Heroes Operations Committee.

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 a Vice President in Shell, and has held a number of leadership positions in the Energy business, currently leading part of the transformation in Shell Downstream. As CEO of Pennzoil in the USA 2006-9, Steve became exposed to and involved in the extensive US Forces rehabilitation, recovery and re-integration programmes. Steve is married with 3 children.

Steve is also 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 the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and holds a Chair in Management Studies. She is currently a member of the Steering Group for the UK Government’s Task Force on Employee Engagement and was named among the “UK’s Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 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 is forthcoming.

Veronica’s most recent research has focused on employee engagement in general and trust and trustworthiness in particular. She has published a comparative report on engagement in China, India, The Netherlands and the UK for the Society for HRM in the USA but is probably most well-known at the moment for her three CIPD research reports written in collaboration with the University of Bath: “Where has all the trust gone?” which was published in 2012; “Cultivating Trustworthy Leaders” published in April 2014 and “Experiencing Trustworthy Leaders” published in September 2014.

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.

Lord Dannatt retired from the Army in August 2009 to become Constable of The Tower of London. He published his autobiography: “Leading from the Front” in September 2010. General the Lord Dannatt became a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in July 2010 and in January 2011 he was appointed a Life Peer and sits on the Crossbenches.

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 the first President of the Charity.


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