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Retirement of Danny Cox as Chairman of RMA-The Royal Marines Charity

20/09/19

Brigadier Haydn White ADC, Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines and Vice Chair of RMA-The Royal Marines Charity, has announced that the Chairman of the Charity, Mr Danny Cox, will be stepping down from the Chair and retiring from the Board of Trustees at its June meeting next year. 

A trustee of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund since May 2013, Danny became Chairman in October 2015 in order to work towards and oversee the convergence of the Royal Marines charities. This meant his leading two mergers, firstly when RMCTF merged with The C Group in January 2016 to become The Royal Marines Charity, and then the Royal Marines Association with The Royal Marines Charity in April this year to become RMA-The Royal Marines Charity. The newly merged Charity continues to bed in successfully, having just celebrated a fantastic Corps Family Weekend at the Commando Training Centre attended by hundreds from every part of the Royal Marines community. 

Danny is currently leading the Board through a series of strategic reviews to ensure that the Corps Family receives the best possible through life support: health and well being, education and employment, marketing and communications. By the end of this year these strategies will be in place as part of a three year plan, and they will be well underway by June.

Danny became involved with the Corps as the Afghanistan campaign intensified, when he became determined to assist those who were suffering as a result of their service. First appointed principal business start-up adviser for the White Ensign Association in 2009, he soon began assisting the Royal Marines and Special Boat Service Associations, through workshops and tuition to those discharged as a result of injury. He willingly accepted the Chair of RMCTF in 2015 with the challenging task of driving through the two mergers, with the aim of forming one efficient, multi-purpose organisation, an instinctive first port of call for proactive and reactive support and care. Since he took the Chair, over £7M has been distributed and a further £5M in recognised social value delivered.

Brigadier White commented: ‘From a small charitable fund, this is now a sector-leading charity with outstanding delivery. As chairman, Danny has displayed selfless commitment and boundless energy supporting Corps and charity events. He has fostered a huge number of strong relationships across all ranks, and displays an unstinting passion and care for those in need, many of whom he has championed personally and whose recovery has been assisted by their feeling personally valued. He is much more than a Chairman, a no nonsense man of  drive and passion. We thank him for all he has done for the Charity and Corps Family.’

The Charity will launch a search for a successor next month, with the intent that the Chair-designate will join the Board in January so as to be fully inducted prior to becoming Chair in June. Brigadier White would welcome suggestions as to who might be approached to consider applying for the post, which will be openly advertised and competed.

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