Press release from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) whose mission is to value and support the nation’s
sailors, marines and their families for life, has enlisted four new Vice Presidents to help raise the
charity’s profile and champion its key messages.
General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE ADC
General Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, is the country’s highest-ranking Royal Marine. As
VCDS, General Messenger plays a leading role in the future development of the armed forces including
the definition and delivery of future military capability requirements and for co-ordinating delivery of
top-level decisions – making, implementation and monitoring progress. He is the Defence Board lead
for military personnel, training, cyber, risk and innovation.
General Messenger became Patron of the Royal Marines Charity (part of the RNRMC Group of
Charities) in 2018 and is a longstanding supporter of our work.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC (P)
Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of English Heritage Trust, having previously served for four years as a
Commissioner for the organisation and is the Vice Chairman and naval representative on the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. A career naval officer, his time in uniform ended after
serving for three years as Chief Executive in charge of the Defence Estates Organisation. He is also a
Trustee of both the RNLI and HMS Victory Preservation Company.
His charity experience will bring additional strength to our advisory group.
Sir Roger Carr
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc and the English National Ballet. He is also a senior
advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company. He has previously held a number of
senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc, Chairman of Cadbury plc, Deputy Chairman
of the Court of the Bank of England, Deputy Chairman of the BBC Trust and President of the
Confederation of British Industry.
Sir Roger’s business experience will be invaluable as we broaden our message to new audiences.
Honorary Captain The Hon Stephen Watson RNR
Stephen Watson has served as a Trustee of the RNRMC from 2013-2018. He is the Chief Executive and
founder of the media and communications group, CTN. Stephen is a former BBC News and Current
Affairs Producer and has spent his career advising international companies, governments and leaders
on communications strategy and reputation. He is President of the British-German Association and
Chairman of Tusk Trust, the African Wildlife Conservation Charity. He serves as an Honorary Captain
in the RNR and as an advisor to the Royal Navy on its strategic communications and political
In announcing these important appointments, which take effect from September, Admiral Sir
Jonathon Band, President of the RNRMC, said:
“Firstly I would like to express the gratitude of all at the RNRMC for the tremendous support we have
received over the past decade from our outgoing Vice Presidents – Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, Sir
John Parker and Lieutenant General Sir Robert Fulton. All three have been exceptional advocates,
friends and ambassadors of the charity.
As we turn the page to our second decade, having distributed over £60 million to our beneficiaries,
we are delighted to enlist four new Vice Presidents to help us to develop and build relationships with
important institutions, policy makers and influencers, open doors and increase awareness of the
RNRMC among key stakeholders. Collectively the appointments of General Sir Gordon Messenger,
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Sir Roger Carr and Stephen Watson will be tremendous assets for the
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and help further the work that we do in supporting the Senior