Lance Batchelor, CEO of Saga Group, has been elected as Vice Patron of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Over the past two years, Lance has strongly supported the Charity, encouraging others to give and helping with his business expertise to make it a more successful organisation.  Directly, Lance has also pledged to donate £250,000 to the charity over 10 years.

In recognition of his generosity and long-term commitment, he has been named Vice Patron of the Charity. The Vice Patronage is an honorary title that was only previously given to businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze.

Lance Batchelor became CEO of Saga Group, the leading branded provider of travel and insurance to the over-50, in May 2014. His first career, however, was in the Naval Service, serving in the Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Navy for eight years, reaching the rank of Flag Lieutenant to the Admiral in charge of Submarines (FOSM) at HMS Warrior, based in the Northwood Headquarters.

Bill Thomas, Chairman of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “Lance’s appointment as Vice Patron reflects his determination to support the Charity and our beneficiaries. He will be working with us to help bring new major supporters and donors and assist us in achieving our mission to support our sailors, marines and their families, for life.

“We very much look forward to the business expertise and ambition that Lance has to offer, which will truly set the pace for our future fundraising endeavours.” 

Lance has a BSc (Econ) from Aberystwyth University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster. He is a Trustee of the National Gallery, a prime ministerial appointment, and Chairman of the National Gallery Company. He is also a Council member of the White Ensign Association. He lives in Kintbury, Berkshire, with his wife Wendy and their four sons.