What is Team Army/Team Ethos
The Team Army Sports Foundation is a registered charity which raises funds for Forces sport to increase the opportunity for sport, challenge and adventure, encourage excellence and aid recovery. We help the best get better.
The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees, made up of senior serving officers and senior industrialists, each with a broad knowledge of Forces sports and the challenges they face. 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 trustees have appointed EthosVO Ltd (trading as Team Army/Team Ethos) to run its operation and conduct all fundraising activities. Ethos operates within agreed budgets and minimal overheads which ensures that the highest possible percentage of every donation reaches its target.
With their passion and commitment, Patrons provide endorsement and support for the charity’s aims and objectives. They also help to spread the message and encourage fundraising for this important and worthy cause.
General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE
General Sir Peter Wall was formerly Chief of the General Staff, the head of the British Army. He originally joined the Army with sport in mind, particularly modern pentathlon at which he represented Great Britain. He has commanded at all levels in the Army, and sees sport as a paradigm for military life and essential to the well-being of the Army.
Whilst serving he was President of Army Rugby, Association Football, Winter Sports, Modern Pentathlon and Sport Parachuting. He is a keen sailor and plays the occasional game of village cricket. He now works as an adviser on leadership at the strategic level. Sir Peter said on joining:
I am delighted to become Patron of Team Army. Sport is an integral feature of military life. It played a significant part in my early career and I know how much it means to so many of our serving men and women today. Sport remains critical to the morale, motivation and well-being of the Forces and I know that the superb support provided by Team Army is greatly appreciated by our soldiers. We want to encourage members of the public and the commercial world to support this important and worthy cause which will help to make competitive sport more accessible for all ranks.
MAJ GEN LAMONT KIRKLAND CBE – CEO
Co-founder and CEO of Team Army. Retired from the Army after a 37 year career which culminated in commanding the Army’s 4th Division. Serving with the Green Howards regiment, Lamont saw active service in Northern Ireland and the Balkans. An active sportsman, Lamont represented the Army & Hampshire in rugby and athletics and latterly was Chairman of Army Rugby, Army Winter Sports and the President of Army Boxing. Today he enjoys skiing, hill walking, mountain biking, game shooting and rides a Harley.
ROBERT PYE – DIRECTOR
Co-founder and Director of Team Army. Robert has approaching 30 years of business experience including senior corporate positions in IBM and Ernst & Young. As a Vice President in Thales, Robert was exposed to the many ‘features’ of existing sponsorship arrangements and began working with Lamont in April 2010 on the new model. Graduated with a degree in computer science. He has created and run several businesses.
LT COL TIM WAKEFIELD – SPORTS LIAISON
A primary interface between Team Army, the Sports and Sponsors covering all aspects of account and event management. Tim has participated and supported all levels of sport over a long army career. Engaged in Winter Sports, Corps and Army Lawn Tennis, responsibilities have ranged from organising competitions, events and fundraising to competing, officiating and publicity. Tim left the Army in 2012. Contact Tim
USHA CHADHA – SPONSORS/OPS & EVENTS
Joined Team Army in June 2013 to contribute her 25 years of business experience as an entrepreneur in diverse industries. Usha has previously owned successful businesses and in the past 10 years she has been sharing her commercial acumen with social enterprises, local government and NGO’s. She is a qualified sports coach and is engaged in delivering sporting opportunities to children and young people. Contact Usha
CATHARINE MOSS – PUBLICATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA
Joined Team Army part-time in October 2014 to help with publications and to promote the organisation through its social media channels. Her technical skills are used to keep the TA social media, website, publications and marketing materials up to date. Catharine has been an Army wife for 25 years and is a freelance graphic designer/editor. She sits on the Army Winter Sports Association executive committee and is also a Trustee for the Army Families Federation. Contact Catharine
KERRY GODLEY-MCAVOY – ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT & EVENTS
Joined Team Army in February 2016 communicating with sponsors and sporting associations, managing their accounts and administering the “back office” functions. Kerry has a first class honours degree in Event Management with a background in office management, working in both private industries (legal, travel and tourism) and public sectors (NHS, academic institutions). Contact Kerry
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 Colin Mcclean CBE FIMechE and he is supported by the Chief Executive, Major General Lamont Kirkland CBE.
Chairman: Major General Colin Mcclean CBE FIMechE
The son of a Royal Ulster Rifleman, Major General Colin McClean was educated at Campbell College Belfast and joined the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on 11 November 1987. Having served in Germany as a platoon commander he read the Engineering Tripos at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge before returning to the field force in various appointments with 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, Princess Marina College, the United Nations Workshop in Cyprus, deployment on Op GRAPPLE, engineering officer to the Queen’s Royal Lancers and Adjutant of a REME reserve Battalion. Two years of staff training at the Royal Military College of Science and Joint Services Command and Staff College were followed by a black bag job as a requirements manager within Combat Support Vehicles Light IPT responsible for the acquisition of all light vehicles for UK SF, HQ NI and the EOD community. The then Major McClean served as Officer Commanding 7 CS Company and Battalion 2IC of 2 Battalion REME in Fallingbostel, deploying on Op TELIC 7 in this role. On promotion to Lt Col, he served for two years as directing staff on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) before moving to command 3 Close Support Battalion REME. In this job he prepared the Battalion to deploy force elements to both Op TELIC 13 and Op HERRICK 9, himself deploying to Afghanistan as the Commander Equipment Capability and CO of the composite Equipment Support group. On selection for promotion to Colonel he served as the Assistant Director Logistics, Support and Equipment within Army HQ before returning to Afghanistan as Commander Equipment Capability during 2012. On completion of the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2013 he completed a short tour within the Materiel Strategy team of DE&S before promotion to Brigadier and appointment to the post of Head Land Domain and Army Customer Team. He was then Head Equipment in the Army HQ before returning to DE&S as Head of Vehicle Support Team. He is currently Director Land Equipment, responsible for the acquisition and support of all Land equipment. Major General McClean is married to Jo and they have two children, Francesca (1999) and Benjamin (2001). He enjoys fine food and wines, a bit of DIY and gardening, reading and all sport and adventurous training activities. He tries to live by the tenets of “Professionalism, Teamwork, Can-do”.
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. Whilst serving he has held 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, Air & Space – QinetiQ
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 as Managing Director Defence Support Group. In May 2018 Nic joined QinetiQ when he was appointed to his current position as Managing Director (MD), Air & Space. 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.
Mr Andrew McMorran
Andrew has built his career on successful customer engagement. He has served on the Boards of several of the world’s leading integrated creative communication agencies (Edelman, Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne), managing large account teams of diverse skills across multiple international markets. He is well-connected, entrepreneurial and commercially astute, making him a long-standing trusted counsel to senior agency and brand-owner marketers. As a communications and campaign planning professional with an award-winning track record in traditional and digital integrated brand communications, he has delivered consistent growth for the agencies he has led and the blue chip clients he advises. He has a flair for client relationships and new business development strategy. Independently he is a communications adviser to the former Head of the Army and Chief of the General Staff, and is a partner at Ethos VO, a collaborative consulting business founded to solve social problems for the benefit of business and society. An integrated communications thinker, he is a respected expert in the field of Sponsorship Strategy and Partnership Marketing programmes. He has founded two successful new agency businesses and is a regular speaker on the effective leverage of commercial partnerships in sports (Olympics, FIFA, WTA, UEFA, IMOCA), entertainment and broadcast properties (TV, radio and film), culture (The Arts) and cause (UNESCO).
Brigadier Neil Sexton
Mr Graham Beal
Our military athletes are an elite and shining example of the flexibility and sheer determination we expect from our Armed Forces.
Team Army Sports Foundation
Registered in England and Wales – 07773783
Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
2-6 Cannon Street
Charity Number 1144004