The Board of Trustees of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are preparing to select a new Chairman when Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson’s term concludes in July 2015.

Sir Richard – a decorated naval officer and former Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet – has led the Charity during a period of important change and maturity.

Throughout his term as Chairman, Sir Richard has reshaped the Charity’s Board, using external search processes to find new Trustees from the business and charitable sector as well as the serving community. Under his chairmanship the Board are resetting the direction of travel for the Charity’s vision, with a new strategy being developed that aims to steer the RNRMC Group over the next decade, working with its partner charities.

Sir Richard leaves the Charity with a sense of energy and focus on the future. He says: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is making a step-change in its ambition and direction. We are now established and are embedded into the heart of the Naval Service and military charity sector and we delivering more money to more beneficiaries every year.

“As the RNRMC’s new strategy comes to fruition, which sees us work ever closer with our family of charities across the naval charity sector in valuing and supporting our sailors and marines, the outcome for beneficiaries, be they serving personnel, veterans or families, will be vastly improved. I am proud to have been part of the Charity from the original concept ten years ago and to have had the opportunity to serve on its Board.”

The Board of Trustees have expressed their deep appreciation for Sir Richard’s contribution as Chairman.