The Board

Our 10 Trustees form the Council of Trustees and are responsible for upholding our founder’s vision of helping disabled veterans into meaningful employment. The trustees are all volunteers and, because the charity is also a company limited under guarantee, they are also the directors of the Company. The Trustees ensure the work and goals of the organisation are in line with the vision stated in The Poppy’s Factory’s “Objects of Association”. They take overall legal and financial responsibility for our work and must always act in the interests of the charity. The diversity of our Council is something we are proud of and each Trustee is able to draw on their unique background to bring a different set of skills to the table.

Maj Gen Dr Andrew R D Sharpe CBE PhD

Chairman

During 34 years of military service, and nine operational tours, Andrew Sharpe commanded on operations in all ranks from second-lieutenant to brigadier. Andrew left the British Army as a Major General, completing his military career as the Director of the UK MoD’s independent think-tank: the DCDC. He is currently the Director of the British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research and a Senior Mentor on the British Army’s generalship programme.
Mr Andrew J Truscott, ACA

Vice Chairman

Andrew is Managing Director at Citi Bank. He was previously Head of Infrastructure Investments Fund Europe for JP Morgan, and is Non-Executive Director at Electricity North West, Southern Water, and Marmedsa Noatum Maritime. Andrew was educated at the University of Warwick.
Mr Steven C Monger-Godfrey, DSc (h.c.) FRICS

Trustee

Steven is a Chartered Surveyor, Fellow of the RICS and Senior Partner of Grant Monger-Godfrey, a firm of Consultants and Chartered Surveyors based in the West End of London. He is also Governor of the University of Bedford and has previously been Chairman and Trustee of the British School of Osteopathy and Chair of the Estates Committee.
Mr Al Kett

Trustee

Alistair is a Partner with PwC and he specialises in working with organisations to execute complex business transformations, often as a result of deal activity, a change in leadership or unexpected performance issues. Typically these transformations require a combination of people, technology and financing solutions and Alistair is adept at combining these factors to generate simple, value generating transformation strategies. Alistair is based in London and works with clients globally. He was based in the Middle East between 2008 and 2011 during which time he led PwC’s regional Industrials and Operations Consulting business.  In 2011 he joined the Board of  The Iraq Britain Business Council to Chair the Financial and Professional  Services Table and in 2017 was appointed as Deputy Chairman. As a long-term Richmond resident and a former Army Officer Alistair has worked with The Poppy Factory in a variety of voluntary roles since 2011 and was appointed as a Trustee in 2018.
Mr Michael Bustard JP FICPD

Trustee

Michael was joint Managing Partner of a global leadership development consultancy before undertaking a number of non executive director appointments in the power and agriculture sectors.He chaired a Parish Council for many years.He  sat  as a magistrate in the criminal and family courts .He was also Vice Chairman of the Sussex Eastern Bench.He is a member of the  East Sussex Branch of the Magistrates Association Executive Committee.He is a Governor at St Catherine’s School in Bramley. Michael is an honorary fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.
Mr Julius P H S Wolff-Ingham

Trustee

Julius is the Head of Marketing and Fundraising at The Salvation Army UK. He previously worked in advertising and marketing agencies for 10 years with clients such as UNICEF, WWF, and the British Red Cross before moving to The Salvation Army.
Mr Peter R Gill

Trustee

Peter is a chartered accountant who, after qualifying and working in practice for 10 years, spent the rest of his full-time career working as Finance Director at various public companies, including Rank Group plc, Penguin Group, and Dorling Kindersley. He has now retired from full time work and is pursuing various portfolio interests working with private companies. He has been a resident of Richmond for over 30 years.
Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, MBBS BSc (Hons) FRCPsych PhD CBE

Trustee

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London & Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust; National Clinical Lead for Getting It Right First Time, NHS Improvement; Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She is experienced in adult psychiatric clinical care, innovative clinical service development, contracting, research, teaching and training, policy, strategy and system leadership. She was awarded ‘Psychiatrist of the Year 2017’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and remains a spokesperson for the College, strongly advocating for good mental health services, for the population.

Mr Cliff Dare

Trustee

Mr Simon Taylor

Trustee

Simon is a chartered surveyor and property finance professional that has worked on ‘all sides of the fence’ as a banker, an adviser, and a property company principal, latterly as main board director of Halladale Group plc. He recently formed a new business, Grant Taylor, that focuses on the development of retirement living and specialist accommodation for older people. Simon is married with 3 children and lives in Richmond.
Mr Andrew Wishart

Trustee  

Andrew has held several senior positions, working for multi-national corporate and start-up companies alike in services, engineering, and technical sales over the past 30 years. He has worked within both IT, telecommunications and the pharmaceutical sector while working for KPMG Consulting, Motorola , ip.access , Perot Systems and Glaxo. Currently, he runs his own consulting business which allows him to take this important trustee role at The Poppy Factory.