Lieutenant General Sir Andrew GregoryLieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory has stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to focus on his new role as Controller of SSAFA, one of The Soldiers’ Charity’s key delivery partners.

Major General (Retd) Martin Rutledge CB OBE, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity:

“The Board of Trustees and the Executive Team are of course disappointed that Andrew has found it necessary to step away from his current role as Chairman of our Charity, but it is of course the right decision.

When he was appointed, as with any other Trustee,  we were always conscious that good people who are highly regarded and expert in their fields will always face competing priorities for their time and commitment.  In this case it has worked to our temporary disadvantage – but much better that than having a Board with people who have nothing better to do!

We are delighted for Andrew and his family and very much welcome a close friend at the helm of SSAFA, one of our key delivery partners.    In the meantime our Vice Chairman, Simon Martin, will step up as Acting Chairman forthwith and of course our Trustees will address the issue of finding a replacement Chair.”

Statement in full from Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory

“It has always been my intention, on finishing my military career in April 2016, to seek full time employment and I am delighted to have been appointed as Controller SSAFA in succession to David Murray, a position I will assume in September 2016.

Regrettably, being Controller SSAFA is incompatible with me being Chairman of Trustees of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and I therefore have decided, reluctantly, to step down from this role immediately.

During my brief tenure, I have been hugely impressed by the motivation and expertise of all those involved in ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – staff and volunteers, and I know the Charity will continue to provide outstanding support to individuals and to other organisations who exist to support those who are serving or have served in the British Army and their families now and in the future”

Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory, Chairman