Our trustees form the Council of Trustees and are responsible for upholding the vision of our founder, Major George Howson MC, to help wounded, injured and sick veterans into meaningful employment. The trustees are all volunteers and have a range of military and civilian expertise. Together, they help to ensure the work and goals of the organisation are in line with our vision and mission.
Cliff Dare MBE, FRICS
Linda works with the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), an Arm’s Length Body of HM Treasury. In her role, she is the Director of Internal Audit at the Department for Work & Pensions and a member of the Agency’s Executive Team.
Prior to joining GIAA, Linda provided major projects advisory, assurance and forensic services working for two of the ‘Big 4’ firms, KPMG & PwC, for 15 years, both in the UK and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where she lived with her family for six years (2008-2014). During her time there she spent 3 years as part of the in-house internal audit team working on a nuclear new build project in the United Arab Emirates. Linda is married to Sean Costello, a reservist with 25+ years’ service. In her spare time, Linda enjoys cycling, walking her two dogs, Monty & Millie and is a wine enthusiast.
Mr Matthew Hubbard
Matt is the People Director and member of the Executive Committee for Commercial Banking at Lloyds Bank. He has previously held HR leadership roles at Citi and Barclays and has been based in the UK, New York, Sweden and Singapore. He started his career as an officer in the Royal Artillery and served in the Army from 1988 until 1995, which included service in the First Gulf War, three tours in Northern Ireland and United Nations peacekeeping in Cyprus.
Matt lives in Suffolk, he became a Trustee of The Poppy Factory in 2019 and he is also a Trustee of YANA, the agricultural and rural mental health charity, operating in Suffolk, Norfolk and Worcestershire.
Major General Tim Hodgetts CBE
Tim’s professional career began as a general physician in the British Military Hospital in Hannover, progressing to higher training in emergency medicine in Manchester and Sydney. He became Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Frimley Park Hospital from 1995, transferring to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in 2001 on its inception, where he served until 2010. He was first appointed a Professor in 1998 at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, then at the University of Birmingham (2001), and at City University of London (2013). He was the inaugural Defence Professor with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and Penman Foundation Professor of Surgery in South Africa for 2011.
Tim was made Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1999 and Commander of the British Empire in 2009; he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service in 2010. He was Queen’s Honorary Physician from 2004 to 2010 and became Queen’s Honorary Surgeon in 2018. In 2010 he received the Defence Scientific Adviser’s Commendation for contribution to research and has been awarded 18 academic medals, including the prestigious Mitchiner Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His academic department was twice recognised nationally as the “Training Team of the Year” and in 2006 he was honoured with the personal accolade of Hospital Doctor of the Year throughout the NHS. He was named in a British Medical Association dossier as one of the most innovative doctors in the country.