General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO is the Chairman of Cobseo. He acts as the voice of the Service Charitable Sector within Government and the Private Sector and is charged with encouraging cooperation and collaboration across the Service Charitable Sector to enhance the support given to the Armed Forces Community. He chairs the Confederation’s Executive Committee and is a member of a number of cross Government committees including the Covenant Reference Group and the MOD Service Charities Partnership Board. He meets regularly with Ministers and is widely consulted by the MOD.
Brigadier (Retired) Ian Caws OBE CEng MICE is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of Cobseo and providing support to the Cobseo Executive in pursuance of Cobseo objectives, projects and initiatives. His main responsibilities are to execute the decisions of the Cobseo Executive, whilst managing the day-to-day running of Cobseo to meet the Confederation’s purposes as the overarching organisation for the Service Charities. He represents Cobseo in various environments, attending a number of MOD meetings and working groups; working with the Cobseo Chairman and Executive Committee to promote Cobseo through the Cluster process; developing the relationships between Service Charities, Government Departments and many other organisations. He has tactical management of Cobseo and responds to approaches from a wide spectrum of people, from members of the Royal Family, through Government Ministers to individuals seeking help and support. Ian also acts as the Company Secretary for the Registered Company limited by Guarantee and oversees the Cobseo finances, accounting and budgeting.
Philip Rushbrook is the Director of Governance Support. He is currently on attachment from the Ministry of Defence to Cobseo and has been working with Members to support the development of a common set of good governance measures. This followed decisions taken by the Executive Committee to develop a set of minimum expectations Members should be achieving. It was recognised funding bodies and regulators increasingly expect charities not only to have but also to demonstrate proactively they operate a good standard of governance. Since January 2018, Philip has produced three aide memoires on governance practices, safeguarding and fundraising. The Director of Governance Support role also provides a range of advice and support on governance matters to Cobseo’s Member organisations.
Caroline Wood assesses the suitability of applications for membership of the Confederation, presenting recommendations to the Executive Committee for final decision. She is also responsible for the Cobseo budget. Prior to joining in 2016, Caroline jointly founded consultancy Purple and Red as part of the London 2012 legacy to transfer the lessons from the workforce programme, including the recruitment and training of thec.70k strong ‘GamesMaker’ volunteers. Before that she led the sales team at ELLE magazine, responsible for generating £10m+ revenue annually.
Charlotte Fiander leads on all communications work for Cobseo and oversees all internal and external communications. She is the main contact for all media and press enquiries and manages the day-to-day communications between Cobseo and its members. Charlotte oversees the weekly newsletter, newsfeed and website, and is responsible for developing and managing the communications strategy. Before joining Cobseo, she worked in a variety of membership organisations including the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and The Hurlingham Club. Charlotte is on hand to assist and advise all members with any communications, media, or digital issues they may encounter.
Emma Fleming is the Governance & Project Support Manager. Providing support to the Director of Governance Support, she assists with the production of Cobseo’s Aide Memoires, their forthcoming self-reporting methods and assists the Cobseo Membership in their endeavours to meet a good standard of governance at their organisation. Emma also supports the Head of Communication; producing and distributing the Cobseo weekly newsletter, updating cobseo.org.uk with Member news and manages Cobseo’s social media. She also acts as a support to the wider Cobseo office. Prior to Cobseo, Emma worked as a Project Manager at a Marketing Transformation agency that implemented marketing campaigns for large brands. Emma has skills in digital marketing and is always on hand to help any Cobseo Member in their digital and/or social media endeavours.