What is Team Army/Team Ethos
The Team Army Sports Foundation is a registered charity which raises funds for sport, challenge and adventure in the armed forces community in order to improve health, wellbeing and 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 activities and the challenges they face. The trustees breadth of experience allows them to assess the needs and requirements of each activity 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 Ethos. 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 Ethos is greatly appreciated by our serving personnel. 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 in the Armed Forces.
MAJ GEN LAMONT KIRKLAND CBE – CEO
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.
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
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
CATHARINE MOSS – PUBLICATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE
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 30 years and is a freelance graphic designer/editor. She sits on the Army Winter Sports Association executive committee. Contact Catharine
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 Jon Cole and he is supported by the Chief Executive, Major General Lamont Kirkland CBE.
Chairman: Major General Jon Cole
As Director of Information Major General Jon Cole is the British Army’s Chief Information Officer and the member of the Army Board who leads on information matters in all aspects of the Army’s business – from barracks to the battlefield. The scope includes: command support, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance and security. This requires: the development of future capabilities; the delivery of systems and services; better exploitation of data; and modernising cyber and electromagnetic activity. He is responsible for all elements of Army security policy and resources: information, personnel and physical.
Before this, he was seconded to BT as the inaugural Head of Employee Services IT, transforming the digital workplace for over 100,000 staff. Beforehand, he was the Army’s Head of Information Services, the Chief Technology Officer.
He was commissioned into the Royal Signals in 1987, serving in an armoured division in Germany, Gurkha infantry brigade in Hong Kong, and in the UK in an airborne brigade, an electronic warfare regiment, and close support to the Joint Force Headquarters. He commanded 2 Signal Regiment and subsequently 11 Signal Brigade. On operations he has led soldiers in Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, and served on the staff again in both Iraq and Afghanistan, plus Non Combatant Evacuation Operations of Ivory Coast and Lebanon. He has served in the Ministry of Defence, the Permanent Joint Headquarters, and the Army Headquarters.
A Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology, he has a BEng(Hons) in Electronics, an MSc in Defence Technology, and an MA in International Security and Strategy. He has attended the “full set” of command and staff courses at the Defence Academy (Junior, Advanced, Higher, and the Royal College of Defence Studies.)
He is Colonel of the Regiment, Queen’s Gurkha Signals, a Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, and a Colonel Commandant of Royal Signals. He is also Chairman of Army Ice Sports, a Vice President of Royal Signals rugby, and President of Royal Signals cycling and triathlon. He still manages to compete in endurance running, inter-corps road race cycling, and coaches a youth rugby team that includes one of his four fabulous children.
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).
Maj Gen Neil Sexton
Maj Gen Neil Sexton was commissioned into the Army Air Corps in 1990. After a cavalry attachment including The Gulf War, he completed the Army Pilots Course and was awarded his ‘Wings’ in December 1991.
He has commanded Army or tri-Service aviation at every rank up to brigadier. He has flown operationally in Northern Ireland (1992), commanding 659 Squadron in Iraq (2003), and in Afghanistan, where he was Commanding Officer of the Joint Helicopter Force and later Commander of the UK Joint Aviation Group (2007 and 2012). He was Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command and the professional head of Army Aviation from 2013-15.
On the Staff, Maj Gen Sexton has been an instructor at both The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is now in his fourth communications role, having been appointed Director Army Engagement & Communications in November 2018.
A keen glider pilot and sailor, Maj Gen Sexton is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Assistant Colonel Commandant AAC, Patron of the Glider Pilot Regiment Society, President of Army Gliding and Commodore of Army Sailing.
WO1 Sarah Cox RLC
WO1 Cox was born in Redhill in 1980. After completing school in 1997 and saying farewell to the Army Cadet Force, she joined the Army as an Apprentice Chef at the Army Catering College, St Omer Barracks, Aldershot.
During her time as a chef in the Army, she has served with the Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery, Royal Logistic Corps, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, British Army Training Unit Kenya and 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment. She has deployed on Operations and Exercises across the world, including Sierra Leone, Bosnia, UN Cyprus and Iraq. She has represented the Army, Combined Services and the UK in varies National and International Catering Competition. Her claim to fame with catering is cooking for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family during Prince Harry’s commissioning parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in 2006.
Since 2007, and between catering role jobs, she has been posted within the previous Army Recruiting and Training Division (ARTD) as a Catering Instructor at a Phase 2 establishment, a Syndicate Instructor at the ARTD Staff Leadership School (ASLS) in Pirbright, the Warrant Officer for the Coaching Advisory Team at RMAS and was the first WO1 Leadership for the Army at the Centre for Army Leadership. A highlight of her career was taking up post as the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) at the now Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC) Staff Leadership School, something that as a young chef she never thought was possible or even in her career path. In Mar 20 she took up the post as the ARITC Command Sergeant Major. WO1 Cox is the first female to be appointed as a Command Sergeant Major within the British Army.
WO1 Cox has gained many qualifications whilst serving, with one of her biggest achievement being a First-Class BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management through Northumbria University. On the New Year’s Honours List 2019, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM).
She enjoys travelling and is a huge Harry Potter fan! She is a keen swimmer and supports the Army Women’s Rugby Team where her diary allows.
Mr Graham Beal
Maj Sally Orange
Team Ethos is excited to announce that Major Sally Orange has joined us as an Ambassador. We first met Sally when she founded and led ‘Mind over Matter’ the first ever female, wounded, injured and sick (WIS) cycling team on a Race Across America (over 3,000 miles) which Team Ethos proudly supported. Sally is an amazing individual who has a passion for helping others and we are super proud that she will be supporting Team Ethos in her uniquely fruity style.
Sally joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1998 whilst studying at University to become a physiotherapist. She was deployed on Operation Herrick in 2011 and has played a role in the recovery and ongoing rehabilitation of countless personnel over her 21 year career.
When diagnosed with her own illness, she drew inspiration from those she had treated and made the decision not to let this define her. Taking part in the 2016 Invictus Games played a large part in her road to recovery and she said of the experience ‘ it was incredible to see so many ex-patients I’d treated over the years overcome huge barriers to be taking part but also fantastic to be around a community of people who had an understanding of the difficulties I personally was facing.’
Sally is hugely committed to charity fundraising and has raised an amazing £30K so far! Inspired by her surname she completed her first marathon dressed as an orange in a bid to show that sport and exercise doesn’t have to be about being the fastest or the fittest, but about having fun and making others smile. Since then she has completed 45 marathons (including one on every continent) dressed as different pieces of fruit and holds Guinness World Records for the fastest marathon dressed as a piece of fruit as well as another for running as a nut!
Sally’s zest for life is not confined to running as she has been known to stay fresh by climbing Kilimanjaro … dressed as a bunch of grapes; completed Iron-man triathlons … dressed as an apple and lemon; running/cycling 100 miles across a frozen lake in Mongolia in -50 degree temperatures … dressed as a chili pepper. Add to that running as a banana in Afghanistan and a pear in Antarctica and we can see her love of sport (and fruit) drives her ever onwards and upwards.
Sally has now taken to applying her talents to mentoring, educating and organising, bringing inspiration to a variety of audiences including a series of events aimed at children. These interactive workshops promote health and well-being through physical activity and healthy eating, dispelling myths on mental health and engender confidence, by telling her own story with honesty, humility and humour.
As a business we are continuously looking for ways to make a positive impact. By supporting Team Ethos we are showing the gratitude we have for our forces personnel, and helping to support a healthy and motivated military community.
Team Army Sports Foundation
Registered in England and Wales – 07773783
Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
2-6 Cannon Street
Charity Number 1144004