Governance & Management
The dedicated Broughton House team work together to ensure we make the best possible use of our funds and resources to deliver the best quality of life to our veterans.
Our Patron – HRH The Duke of York KG
HRH The Duke of York KG became Patron of the charity in1998 and recently joined the team at Manchester Cathedral to celebrate 100 years of veteran care.
As well as his work with the armed forces, HRH The Duke of York has a passion for Entrepreneurship and recently launched the Pitch@Palace scheme which offers the chance to get Tech businesses in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level.
Our President – The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Sir Warren Smith KCVO KStJ
The Lord-Lieutenant is a retired businessman and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1983, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1995 and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1997-98. He was appointed the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2007.
Regeneration is a passion and a thread running throughout his business and public life. His voluntary activities have been focused on social exclusion and the arts as a driver for regeneration.
Sir Warren Smith is President of the Council of St John, Honorary Colonel of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force and Chairman of Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club. His passion for the armed forces led him to become President of Broughton House in 2008.
The Lord-Lieutenant is an active supporter of the charity and regularly visits as well as supporting the team at events across the region.
Our Chairman – Professor Sir Netar Mallick DL KB FRCP FRCPE FRCPI FRCSE
Sir Netar is Professor Emeritus of Renal Medicine in Manchester. He is one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants for Greater Manchester and was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester 2002-2003. He was knighted in 1998. He was Medical Director of the National Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (2003-06) having been Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards (1999-03). Sir Netar is a Government Adviser. He received the Medal of Honour from Manchester University in 2014. Sir Netar has been Chairman of Broughton House since 2012.
Chris Lindsay (Chief Executive Officer)
Chris is a long-serving former senior Royal Air Force officer and has been appointed chief executive of Broughton House. Chris joined the RAF as an airman in 1990 and rose through the ranks to become a Wing Commander before leaving in May 2018. During his career he undertook operational tours relating to the Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and also spent time with the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority. His final tour was at Headquarters Air Command at RAF High Wycombe, where he was the Battlespace Management Chief of Staff.
Our Trustee Board
Mr George Almond Esq. CBE, OStJ, DL, MSc, FIFireE (Life), Chartered FCIPD
George became a Trustee at Broughton House in 2012 and is now Vice-Chairman. In 1995, he became County Fire Officer and Chief Executive for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and retired in 2002 after 40 years’ service. In recognition of his contribution to the Fire and Rescue Service and to the community locally and nationally, Her Majesty The Queen honoured George as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1992 and as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000. He has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the Universities of Salford and Bolton.
With a wealth of experience in project management, George is currently the Chairman of the Broughton House Veteran Care Village Board.
Lieutenant Colonel Shauna Dixon MBE TD MSc
Shauna joined the Health service in 1966 later qualifying as Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. In 1990 Shauna was appointed to the board of the Family Health Services Authority and then to West Pennine Heath Authority. In August 1989 Shauna joined the Territorial Army 207 Manchester General Hospital and was commissioned as a Captain in December 1989. In 2000 Shauna was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Matron of 207 (Manchester) Field Hospital. In October of 2007 Shauna was appointed a Governor to the Corporation of The Oldham College and is a former Director of Nursing & Clinical Leadership, Chief Executive of Oldham Primary Care trust. Shauna was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Years Honours List and was awarded an MBE.
Brigadier Tom O’Brien CBE TD ADC DL
Tom O’Brien has been a Trustee of Broughton House since 1997.He was commissioned into the Territorial Army in 1976 and finished as the Director Army Reserve. After a successful career in Business, Technology and Management Consultancy, he is now devoting his time to building a new Financial Services Business for the Armed Forces. He is an active participant in the charity world and a member of the ABF Appeal Committee in Cheshire. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Cheshire in October 2010 and a CBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List. He is also the Vice-Chair for the Reserves Forces & Cadets Association for the North West. A graduate of the University of Ulster, University of Leeds, London School of Economics and the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Mr Ken Bishop
After an early career in Local Government Ken joined Bernard Thorpe in Manchester becoming an Equity Partner in 1987 before the merger which created DTZ in 2003. He joined JLL as Development Director in January 2016. Ken’s activities focus primarily on the development of major City Centre sites including all aspects of mixed use development. Ken has advised on some of the UK Regions most significant commercial developments including Spinningfields and Cheadle Royal. He is currently Lead Director for Noma on behalf of the Hermes/Co-operative Group JV, a scheme of 4 million sq ft in Manchester City Centre and the proposed 5 million sq ft development Airport City on behalf of Manchester Airports Group. Ken joined the Trustee Board in 2016.
Colonel Phil Loynes
Colonel Phil Loynes joined the Royal Marines in 1977 and served as a troop commander with 42 Commando RM in South Amagh, Northern Ireland. He subsequently commanded his troop in Norway before taking up a nomination to attend Leeds University to study Law. He returned to the Corps in 1982 to serve the next five years in 45 Commando RM. In 1987 he was appointed to the Directorate of Naval Recruiting, recruiting graduates for officer entry. In 1989, he joined the Commander British Forces Hong Kong’s staff as the naval intelligence officer, supporting territorial and counter smuggling operations, and lecturing in Washington, Canberra and Hawaii. He left the regular Royal Marines in 1997 to train as a commercial lawyer with the international law firm DLA Piper, specialising in Defence procurement and infrastructure projects.
Mrs E. Conn OBE JP DL BA (Hons)
Over the years Edith has given a significant amount of her time to the community and to a number of different charities and organisations. She worked as a counsellor with the Citizens Advice Bureau, treasurer for the NSPCC, a committee member of the North West War Pensions Committee, chairman of Heart Research, Greater Manchester and a committee member of Christie Against Cancer. Edith’s passion has been the Greater Manchester Branch of the British Red Cross after joining in 1978.
In 1989 Edith was awarded the Badge of Honour for Devoted Service and Honorary Life Membership and in 1993 the Badge of Honour for Continued Dedicated and Distinguished Service. In 1999 she was appointed President of the Greater Manchester Red Cross.
In 2000 Edith was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen when she was awarded the OBE for services to The Greater Manchester Red Cross.
Broughton House has strengthened its board with the appointment of solicitor Hilary Meredith as a trustee. For more than 30 years, Hilary has dedicated her career to the welfare of armed forces service personnel, their families and military veterans.
She chairs Hilary Meredith Solicitors, which has offices in Wilmslow and London and is widely recognised for representing those injured in or bereaved by armed forces accidents.
Hilary has also served on several House of Commons defence select committee inquiries covering topics including access to justice for the armed forces and their families to “Beyond Endurance” enquiry.
Zoe a Chartered Accountant, is a PwC Partner where she has worked for the last 14 years. She specialises in financing public sector infrastructure with a particular focus on health and social care.
For Zoe it was the combination of the exciting Veteran Care Village project that attracted her to joining Broughton House as well as the unique brand that Broughton House has across Manchester and Salford. Zoe is also a Magistrate, sitting on the Greater Manchester bench for the last 12 years.
Colonel Russ Miller OBE
Colonel Miller took up his current post as Army Commander, North West Region in August 2018. Following service as a soldier in the Army Reserves, Colonel Miller attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1990. As a junior officer, he completed regimental duty tours with the Royal Marines, and as an imagery analyst in the UK and Northern Ireland.
He later completed two further tours of Northern Ireland, including company command, and deployed to the Former Yugoslavia for 9 months. As a Major, he was attached to the Defence Intelligence Terrorism Assessment Cell in MOD, before undertaking a 3-year exchange tour in Ottawa, Canada. HIs subsequent SO2 appointment was an Intelligence Corps desk officer in the Army Personnel Centre, Glasgow.
On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2006, Colonel Miller spent 16 months on Loan Service in Sierra Leone, as Director Defence Intelligence and Security. He then attended Advanced Command and Staff College, before taking Command of a joint intelligence unit committed to operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He deployed to Kabul on Op HERRICK during 2011 and was subsequently Chief of Staff, Joint Terrorism Assessment Centre (JTAC) DURING 2012 London Olympics.
Dr Alan Finnegan PhD RN FRCN FRSA FAAN
Alan is a Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health, and Director of Westminster Centre for Research in Ageing, Mental Health and Veterans at the University of Chester. He served in the Army for nearly 30 years, achieving the rank of Colonel and completed tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Balkans, Northern Ireland and South Africa. His final appointment before retirement in 2015 was as the MoD Professor of Nursing. Alan was the first Chairman of the Royal College of Nursing’s Defence Forum and is their link member for military veterans. He is committee member of; the American Academy of Nursing’s expert panel for Military and Veteran Health; the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (North West (NW); the Armed Forces Network (NW), and is the independent Chair of the Cheshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership.
Commodore Phil Waterhouse (Associate Member)
Commodore Phil Waterhouse is the Naval Regional Commander for Northern England and the Isle of Man; as such he is the First Sea Lord’s Ambassador for the region with the specific task of ensuring that the Naval Service is understood, respected and valued by the community which it serves.
To deliver this output he engages personally at the national and regional strategic level whilst his small team delivers tactical engagement at major events and in various locations around the North; that team also facilitates port visits by RN and NATO platforms and contributes to the regional resilience effort. He has been in post since early 2017 and flies his Broad Pennant from his HQ in Liverpool.