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.

Sara Jones, CBE, DL

President

Sara was a magistrate for over 25 years and a commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She is now Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire, National Vice President of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Trustee of the Falkland Island Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne, Chairman of the Falkland Families Association, and involved with fundraising for the National Memorial Arboretum.
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 Head of Infrastructure Investments Fund Europe for JP Morgan, and is Non-Executive Director at Electricity North West, Southern Water, and Marmedsa Noatum Maritime. He was educated at the University of Warwick and held the role of Managing Director at jpmorgancazenove until December 2014.
Mr Steven C Monger-Godfrey, DSc (h.c.) FRICS
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 Michael Bustard JP FICPD
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
Julius is the Head of Marketing and Fundraising at The Salvation Army UK. He previously worked in agencies for 10 years with clients such as Unicef, WWF, and the Red Cross before moving to The Salvation Army.
Mr Peter R Gill
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
Mr Cliff Dare
Mr Simon Taylor
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

 

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.