Patron: Bernard Cornwell OBE
Bernard Cornwell is the author of many historical novels including the Sharpe stories about the Napoleonic Wars. He feels very strongly about veterans’ needs.
Bernard has kindly allowed us to call our charity café after his hero, famously played by Sean Bean. We are also offering world-exclusive merchandise based on quotes from the novels in our Sharpe’s cafés.
I’ve made a living writing about the adventures of soldiers. It just seems appropriate to give something back to the men and women who’ve provided me with so much material! I have a huge admiration for those who serve in our Armed Forces. They risk everything to make certain we have a comfortable existence. Too often their problems and needs are ignored when their service ends.
A very good soldier once told me that his career had been spent ‘fighting battles for those who can’t fight for themselves’. Now many of those men and women who fought those selfless battles need help themselves. FirstLight is trying to offer that help, and I’m honoured to be involved.
Trustee: Gouy Hamilton-Fisher
Following an early career as a Royal Marines Commando, Gouy joined Timpson Limited in 1983. He is now a board member and director, responsible for the HR support for 3,000 colleagues. He is involved in work experience and recruiting ex-offenders through the Timpson Foundation. His current interests are in the recruitment of ex-military personnel.
Trustee: Kate Schroder MBE, FRSA
Originally qualifying as a forensic archaeologist in the 1980’s, Kate has worked in the NHS for 20 years. She was previously a CEO for eight years working across six hospitals at one time, Chief Officer over an Ambulance Service working across eight Counties, and a Director of Surgery.
Kate has also been a non-executive director of the Queen Alexandra, a hospital for disabled and injured servicemen and women. She was awarded an MBE for services to health in 2009.
“I’ve worked with both serving and retired armed force personnel. My work in the NHS has also required close working with emergency services. Mindful of the pressures they all experience, and how much has yet to be achieved to support them and their families, I am grateful for the opportunity to work as part of FirstLight Trust.”
Regiments: The Yorkshire Regiment
The Army’s Yorkshire Regiment consists of The Green Howards, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and the Prince of Wales Own.