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NAAFISupporting the British Armeed Forces; past, present and future

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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.

Lt Gen David Capewell OBE, Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ).

Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ)

Lt Gen David Capewell OBE

Lt Gen David Capewell OBE

Reg, Non-Executive Director.

Non-Executive Director

Reg Curtis joined the Board as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 before becoming Non-Executive Director in May...

Reg Curtis joined the Board as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 before becoming Non-Executive Director in May 2016, he has extensive experience working in senior positions in the retail, catering and leisure sectors.

Prior to his appointment at NAAFI previous roles included Managing Director at Alpha Airports Group, Commercial Director at Safeway and Commercial Director at WH Smith. He has also held various senior roles within Compass and Tesco including that of Deputy CEO of Tesco Hungary.

Lieutenant General A R Gregory CB, Chief of Defence Personnel (CDP Chair of Meeting).

Chief of Defence Personnel (CDP Chair of Meeting)

Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1981, after reading engineering at St...

Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1981, after reading engineering at St John’s College, Cambridge and then working in industry for 2 years. He completed junior officer tours in Germany and England before commanding 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, an AS90 Regiment based in Tidworth. After becoming Commander Royal Artillery in 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in February 2002, his next posting was in Headquarters Land Command as Assistant Chief of Staff (Command and Battlespace Management). He has completed operational tours in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and as Deputy Commander 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He was promoted to Major General and took up the appointment of Team Leader Project HYPERION in August 2006, responsible for the collocation and integration of Headquarters LAND and Adjutant General. He was then Director General Personnel, between 2008 and 2011. He was Military Secretary from February 2011 until March 2013. He assumed the appointment of Chief of Defence Personnel on promotion to Lieutenant General on 4 April 2013. He became a Companion of The Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in July 2010. He is married to Sally and has 2 sons in their early twenties; his hobbies are golf, sailing, tennis, skiing and the brute force part of gardening. He is President of Army Golf, Army Netball and Army Rowing and Admiral of Army Sailing.

Mr Jeff Kaye, Army Representative.

Army Representative

Jeff Kaye joined the Ministry Of Defence as a civil servant in 1977 and spent the next 23 years working in London for a...

Jeff Kaye joined the Ministry Of Defence as a civil servant in 1977 and spent the next 23 years working in London for a variety of branches (mainly Navy) as part of SP Pol, working on Pay 2000 and the Chief Scientific Advisors Higher Level Budget as Deputy Budget Manager.

In 2001 he moved to Wilton to take up a C2 post in the Finance Business Development Team responsible for future financial policy, before becoming the Deputy Change Manager on the Pay As You Dine team in 2003. Three years later Jeff moved to the Soft FM policy desk in the Army Infrastructure Organisation before advancing to Change Manager at Headquarters Recruiting Group in 2007.

Steve Marshall, Managing Director.

Managing Director

Steve Marshall joined NAAFI in 2006 having held various senior roles within Tesco's international business in several...

Steve Marshall joined NAAFI in 2006 having held various senior roles within Tesco's international business in several countries.

Steve was appointed Managing Director in May 2016.

Air Marshal Baz North OBE, RAF Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability.

RAF Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability

Air Marshal Baz North OBE joined the RAF in January 1982, he graduated from Cranwell with the Hennessy Trophy and the...

Air Marshal Baz North OBE joined the RAF in January 1982, he graduated from Cranwell with the Hennessy Trophy and the Philip Sassoon Memorial Prize in July that year. On completion of basic and advanced flying training, he was posted to No 72 Squadron in Northern Ireland as a junior pilot in August 1984. He converted from the Wessex to the Chinook before his first tour with No 7 Squadron, based at RAF Odiham, in March 1987.

He was Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff, MRAF the Lord Craig, from December 1988 to March 1991, returning to flying duties as the Officer Commanding No 78 Squadron, a mixed Chinook/Sea King unit based in the Falkland Islands, in July 1991. He took command of No 7 Squadron in September 1992, where he served until joining the last Army Command and Staff Course in March 1996. Honoured with the MBE in June 1996, he gained a MA in Defence Studies in 1997.

He served as Personal Staff Officer to Sir John Day and Lord Jock Stirrup during their tenures as Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group from December 1996 to July 1998 before promotion to wing commander saw him join Headquarters Strike Command as Wing Commander Operations. In October 1999 he took command of No 33 Squadron flying Puma helicopters at RAF Benson; he led the Squadron on the Joint Helicopter Command’s first operation, Operation BARWOOD in Mozambique during the catastrophic flooding of February and March 2000. On promotion to Group Captain in May 2002 he assumed the appointment of DACOS J1/J5/J6 at Headquarters Joint Helicopter Command; he led the Command’s planning for its support to Operation TELIC.

Honoured with the OBE in January 2003, he was appointed as the Senior RAF Officer Northern Ireland, Commander of the Joint Helicopter Force Northern Ireland and Station Commander RAF Aldergrove in April 2004. As ADC to HM The Queen, he facilitated a plethora of key Royal and diplomatic visits into the Province throughout his tour while delivering a 50% reduction in the Station’s Estate and the Force’s complement as part of the Normalisation and Medium Term Workstrands’ initiatives. Promoted to Air Commodore in January 2006, he took command of No 83 Expeditionary Air Group in Al Udeid, Qatar, in February 2006. Commanding all UK air operations within the Gulf Region and Afghanistan, while exercising the National Veto over all US aircraft operating from Diego Garcia, he rationalised the RAF’s footprint within the Middle East before returning to the UK in September 2006; he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Winter 2006 Operational Honours List. He became the Director of Air Resources and Plans in January 2007, overseeing the RAF’s planning activity in the parlous 08 and 09 Planning Rounds.

Promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in April 2009 he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group and Chief of Staff Training at HQ AIR Command where he led the tri-service campaigns to deliver MFTS and DTR Package 1. He became the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff on 1 March 2010, and served as a non-executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority and sat as member of the UK Space Council. During his tenure of this post he guided the RAF Staffs through the SDSR of 2010 and oversaw the MOD’s Airspace policy delivery during the hectic period of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games. On promotion to Air Marshal he was appointed as the RAF’s Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability on 3 May 2013

Sir Ian Prosser, NAAFI Chairman.

NAAFI Chairman

Sir Ian Prosser joined the Board as Chairman in October 2008. Knighted in 1995 Sir Ian, a chartered accountant has a...

Sir Ian Prosser joined the Board as Chairman in October 2008. Knighted in 1995 Sir Ian, a chartered accountant has a long and distinguished business career mainly in the brewing and hospitality industry. Previous roles have included Chairman and Chief Executive of Bass PLC and also Chairman of Intercontinental Hotel Group. He has been a Non Executive Director for Boots, Lloyds TSB and Non Executive Deputy Chairman of BP Plc. Sir Ian was awarded a degree of Doctor of the University of Birmingham in 2001, and is also a member of the CBI President's Committee.

Sir Ian Prosser, Non-Executive Chairman.

Non-Executive Chairman

Sir Ian Prosser joined the Board as Chairman in October 2008. Knighted in 1995 Sir Ian, a chartered accountant has a...

Sir Ian Prosser joined the Board as Chairman in October 2008. Knighted in 1995 Sir Ian, a chartered accountant has a long and distinguished business career mainly in the brewing and hospitality industry. Previous roles have included Chairman and Chief Executive of Bass PLC and also Chairman of Intercontinental Hotel Group. He has been a Non Executive Director for Boots, Lloyds TSB and Non Executive Deputy Chairman of BP Plc. Sir Ian was awarded a degree of Doctor of the University of Birmingham in 2001, and is also a member of the CBI President's Committee.

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.

Vice Admiral David Steel CBE, Chief of Naval Personnel & Training , Second Sea Lord and Chief Naval Logistics Officer.

Chief of Naval Personnel & Training , Second Sea Lord and Chief Naval Logistics Officer

David Steel joined the Royal Navy as a Supply and Secretariat Officer in 1979. As a University Cadet he graduated in...

David Steel joined the Royal Navy as a Supply and Secretariat Officer in 1979. As a University Cadet he graduated in Law from Durham University in 1983 and was called to the Bar in July 1988.

At sea he has served in the minesweepers YARNTON and LEWISTON, the frigate LONDONDERRY and destroyer NEWCASTLE and, as Deputy Supply Officer, in the frigate BROADSWORD. In 1990 he joined the frigate AVENGER as Supply Officer, seeing service in the South Atlantic and West Indies. In 1998 he joined the Aircraft Carrier INVINCIBLE as the Commander Supply with operational deployments to the Gulf and Adriatic.

Ashore, he has been fortunate to combine logistics and personnel appointments with those calling on his legal qualifications. Appointments as Executive Assistant to the Captain HMS NEPTUNE, Fleet Legal Adviser, Surface Flotilla Legal Adviser and then, as a Commander, Fleet Legal and Personnel Officer, were followed on promotion to Captain as the Chief Staff Officer (Personnel and Logistics) to the Flag Officer Surface Flotilla and then Chief Staff Officer (Logistics) to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet.

In 2003 he became the Secretary and Executive Assistant to the First Sea Lord and, on promotion to Commodore in 2005 became the Naval Base Commander Portsmouth, and ADC to Her Majesty The Queen while in that role. He was appointed Chief Naval Logistics Officer in 2008.

In 2009 he was appointed Director, Pay and Manning in the Ministry of Defence, this was followed by an appointment as ACNS(Pers) / Naval Secretary from Apr 2010 until Sep 2012.

In October 2012 he was appointed to Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord with Navy Board responsibility for all Personnel and Training issues.

David Steel was awarded The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) in 1999 and was appointed CBE in 2009. His interests revolve around sport and other outdoor activities and he travels as often as time allows. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust.

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.