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New man at helm of Naval charity

A former commander of British Forces in Gibraltar is to take the helm of the principal charity of the Royal Navy.

Adrian Bell (pictured) has been appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and will formally assume the role on 21st September.

Adrian has spent the past eight years as Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, following a long career with the Royal Navy during which he commanded three warships and concluded with command of British Forces in Gibraltar.

Bill Thomas, Chairman of the RNRMC, said: “The Board of Trustees are delighted that Adrian will be joining us to lead the RNRMC through the next stage of its development.

“He brings a deep understanding of our beneficiaries, great experience of operating in the charity sector and the enthusiasm and leadership to take the charity forwards.

“He inherits a powerful legacy and a team focused on delivering the very best we can for our sailors, marines and their families.

“My colleagues and I are really excited about working with Adrian in the years ahead.”

Adrian said: “I have watched the extraordinary growth of the RNRMC from its earliest days and I am honoured and privileged to have been chosen as the Chief Executive.

“I am very excited to be returning back ‘home’ to lead the charity that underpins support for the whole Naval sector, ready through our grants programme to support sailors and marines wherever they may be and at whatever stage of life they find themselves.

“I really look forward to working with all the team at the charity and with colleagues in the military charity community.”

Adrian will formally assume the role on the 21st September, when he takes over from Robert Robson.

The RNRMC is there to support the 800,000 or so members of Britain’s wider Naval community, whether serving, veteran or a member of a Naval family.

Over the past ten years the charity, which both raises and delivers funds, has distributed over £50 million, from support for veterans in care homes to grants to messes which boosts morale on board warships.

For more information on the RNRMC and what it achieves, see