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.
Caroline Wood assesses the suitability of applications for membership of the Confederation and makes recommendations for final Executive Committee decision. She is also responsible for the Cobseo budget and the day-to-day operation of the office. 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 c.70k strong volunteer programme. Before then she ran the sales team at ELLE magazine, responsible for generating £10M+ revenue annually.
Alice Farrow is responsible for developing and implementing Cobseo’s internal and external communications strategy as well as managing day to day communications between Cobseo and its members. Alice is the main point of contact for all media enquiries and is also responsible for keeping the Cobseo newsfeed up to date and editing the weekly Cobseo newsletter to the membership.