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Board of Directors

Alan Smith BA, FRAeS., Non-Executive Director.

Non-Executive Director

Alan Smith BA, FRAeS joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in October 2006 having held a number of senior roles...

Alan Smith BA, FRAeS joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in October 2006 having held a number of senior roles within the retail industry.

Alan was formerly Chairman of Robert Dyas, Chief Executive Officer of Somerfield Plc, Punch Taverns Plc, Boddingtons Plc, Esporta, Evans Halshaw Holdings Plc, B&Q Plc and Superdrug Stores Plc. Alan is currently Chairman of Empire World Trade Limited and the Royal International Air Tattoo, and a Non Executive Director of the Flybe Group.

General Sir Redmond Watt KCB, KCVO, CBE, Non-Executive Director.

Non-Executive Director

General Sir Redmond Watt KCB, KCVO, CBE joined the Board in September 2008. He is also the Governor of the Royal...

General Sir Redmond Watt KCB, KCVO, CBE joined the Board in September 2008. He is also the Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and President of Combat Stress.

His last appointment in the Army was Commander-in-Chief Land Command from 2006 to 2008. Previous appointments included General Officer Commanding (GOC) Northern Ireland, Commander Field Army, GOC London District and GOC 1st (UK) Armoured Division. His early service in the Army was with the Welsh Guards.

NAAFI Council

Gavin Barlow, Director General, Service Personnel Policy, Ministry of Defence.

Director General, Service Personnel Policy, Ministry of Defence

Gavin Barlow joined the MOD in 1987 and occupied the role of Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of State for...

Gavin Barlow joined the MOD in 1987 and occupied the role of Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1989 to 1991. This was followed by appointments in the Office of Management & Budget’s Central Resources & Programmes division and the Overseas Secretariat, covering secretariat and policy aspects of operations and military assistance in Cyprus, the Middle East and North Africa. He then joined HQ QMG (Army Logistics) in Andover in October 1997, before taking up the position of Administrative Secretary, Sovereign Base Areas Administration in Cyprus from January 1999. In July 2002 Gavin returned to the Head Office as Director Policy Planning, leading on the development and presentation of UK national defence policy, before becoming Director General Management and Organisation from September 2006 to October 2007. He has been Director Service Personnel Policy at the MOD since November 2008.

Lt Gen Gerry Berragan CB, Adjutant General (AG).

Adjutant General (AG)

The Adjutant General since August 2012, Gerry Berragan has been a career soldier for over 30 years. As the Army Board...

The Adjutant General since August 2012, Gerry Berragan has been a career soldier for over 30 years. As the Army Board member responsible for personnel and infrastructure, his remit is to ensure that the Army has sufficient capable and motivated people to meet its output requirements. Before this, he was Director General for Personnel for 18 months and Director General for Recruitment and Training for 3 years, running what was effectively the largest (by volume) training organisation in Europe.

Commissioned into the Royal Artillery, his military background is generalist rather than HR specialist, and includes operational deployments to Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War, Kosovo and latterly Iraq, where he was awarded the US Legion of Merit for his work in 2007 as deputy to the US Corps Commander in Baghdad. He was appointed as Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

Aside from charitable interests – he is President of the Army Sports Control Board and Governor of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School - he enjoys outdoor pursuits, keeping fit and reading military history when time allows.