Our Trustees

Location: Team Army » About us » Our Trustees


The Foundation is governed by a dedicated board of trustees.

The board is a mix of serving and recently retired senior officers, along with representatives from industry. Each of the military trustees is closely involved with Army sport in a personal capacity. The trustees breadth of experience allows them to assess the needs and requirements of each sport and to distribute funds quickly, equitably and accurately.

The Chairman of the Trustees is Major General Richard Semple CBE and he is supported by the Chief Executive, Major General Lamont Kirkland CBE.

Meet our Trustees



Maj Gen Richard SempleChairman: Major General Richard Semple CBE

Major General Richard Semple joined the Army in 1986 as a graduate in physics. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers and, as a junior officer, served in a variety of regimental duty appointments, including a two year operational tour in Northern Ireland. He was first employed at staff in Headquarters 3 (United Kingdom) Division as the inaugural SO3 G3 (Command and Information Systems). That was immediately followed by two years of study, the first gaining a masters degree in defence administration and the second attending the Army Command and Staff Course.

On completion of staff training, he undertook his first tour in the Ministry of Defence, working in D Army Plans on policy and programming, including direct engagement in the 1997 Strategic Defence Review. He returned to the MOD two years later, as the only soldier working in D Pol Planning, just in time to be involved in the writing of the New Chapter to the Strategic Defence Review and the subsequent development of Defence Strategic Guidance 03.

He has commanded a close support engineer squadron in 16 Air Assault Brigade, and, most recently, a close support engineer regiment in 7 Armoured Brigade. He took his Regiment through a full brigade training cycle, culminating, for his final six months, on operations, where he was responsible for the delivery of both military engineering, and reconstruction and development in Southern Iraq. He was then promoted to colonel and spent two and a half years as the Assistant Director of Command and Battlespace Management in Headquarters Land Forces.  This again led to promotion and appointment as Assistant Chief of Staff J6 in the Permanent Joint Headquarters in December 2008 before moving two years later to become Brigadier Equipment Strategy (Army).  In July 2011 he was made Brigadier General Staff.   In April 2015, he was appointed as Director Information Army.

Major General Semple is married with two children and enjoys both the demands and rewards of family life.  He is keen on most outdoor activities, including walking, running and skiing, as a well as revelling in the peace and tranquillity of fly fishing.

Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE

Commissioned into the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1978, he spent the first 6 years of his service in a variety of posts at Regimental Duty serving in Germany, Northern Ireland, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Having been an Academy 1st XI hockey player at Sandhurst he continued to play at a variety of levels throughout this period while also keeping his hand in at rugby and making a brief – but illustrious – appearance on the BAOR alpine ski circuit as OIC of the battalion Snow Queen hut for two seasons and captain of the battalion’s downhill team.

On posting to Hong Kong in the mid-80s he found the hockey (and the skiing) non-existent but the 7’s rugby scene was flourishing and he played for the British Forces Hong Kong Flying Kukris for two seasons.

Subsequent postings to BAOR as a company commander with 1 STAFFORDS and as COS 20 Armoured Brigade allowed him to qualify as a ski instructor and share his passion for winter sports with his soldiers and their families. In more recent years as CO 2 PWRR, Commander 15 (NE) Brigade in York and as Director of Infantry he has taken every opportunity to get involved in the management, policy development and general betterment of Army sport holding a number of appointments including Chairman of Infantry Hockey, Commodore Infantry Sailing, Chairman of the Army Rifle Association and Vice Chairman of the Army Winter Sports Association.

Dr Nic Anderson – Managing Director, Land and Sea – Babcock Defence

Nic graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1989 and joined British Aerospace as research engineer. Following several years working on innovative technology projects he studied for his second degree and graduated with an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Warwick.

In 2006 Nic joined CAE, a Canadian simulation and training business, as UK Managing Director and Chairman of CAE ATS. In this role he successfully grew the UK military and civil businesses, including the establishment of CAE’s UK Civil Training Centre at Burgess Hill, delivery of major change programmes at the RAF’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility; an upgrade to the UK Army’s training facilities for Warrior; Artillery Fire Control and the Hawk 128 synthetic training capability for UK MFTS.

Nic joined VT Group in December 2009 as Managing Director, Land and in June 2011 Nic was appointed as Managing Director Land and Sea responsible for Land Equipment Support Services and Land and Sea Individual Training Services. In June 2015, Nic was appointed to his current position as Managing Director Defence Support Group

Nic is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Windsor Leadership Trust Alumni; is married with three children; is keen on all forms of sport and his main interests are fly fishing and family life.

Brigadier Neil Sexton

Mr Andrew McMorran

Mr Graham Beal

Social Media
  • fb logoG+ logo linkedIn logo YouTube logo
* indicates required
Gold sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors