Presidents

Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL
President

Educated at Wellington School, Somerset and Sandhurst, Freddie Viggers was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1972 and saw service in Northern Ireland, Germany during the Cold War, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as visiting many other countries during command and staff appointments. He was made a Knight Companion of the Cross of St Michael and St George for his contribution to the stabilisation of Iraq, and was further honoured with a Knighthood in 2007. He retired from the army in 2008 in the post of Adjutant General, then the army’s equivalent of personnel director. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2008. In 2009 he took up the post of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords but illness unfortunately forced his early retirement. Since then he has been concentrating on maintaining fitness, friendships and family – but not necessarily in that order!

Gillie Lamprell
Vice President

Gillian Lamprell has lived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the last 38 years. She initially helped her husband Steven set up an oilfield service company then went on to raise funds for physically and mentally challenged children in Dubai in one of the first centres of its kind in the U.A.E.

She and her husband have known Jim Davidson for the last twenty years and supported him when he set up the British Forces Foundation and continue to do so now with his Care after Combat charity.

Despite being away from the hub of the work for Care after Combat, we will continue to help in any way possible. “A Soldiers life is full of fear, a missing limb so very clear; but spare a thought for those as well, whose minds are full of living hell.”

Steven Lamprell
Vice President

Having lived in Dubai for 38 years it is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to support worthwhile Charities and Care after Combat is no exception.

Physical damage to our armed forces although devastating can be recognised and treated but stress and mental fatigue are far less visible to detect but just as catastrophic to the long term wellbeing of the sufferer. Our troops deserve whatever help they can get after dedicating their lives to the safety of others.

Darren Ridge
Vice President

Darren Ridge started his sales career as a Trainee Assistant Manager in a high street shoe shop at just seventeen. Today he is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and Chief Executive Officer of Onecom, the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider.

The key to his success is an unwavering belief in the development of strong and enduring relationships – it is this that qualifies Darren in his role as Vice President of Care after Combat. “I am proud to be Vice President of Care after Combat and will do my utmost to ensure the servicemen and women we represent receive the recognition they deserve and care they may need.”

David Wall
Vice President

“I share Jim’s passion for looking after our troops & strongly supported the British Forces Foundation from when it began, so I’m delighted to continue with Care after Combat.”

David is also Chairman of the Great Dane Adoption Society, Advisory Board Member of Tickets for Troops, Secretary to the Midlands Industrial Council Executive and Advisor to Lord Edmiston & the IM Group.

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