Please come and visit the RNBT marquee at these events. We'd love to hear from you and find out more about your Naval or RM service connections.
Battle of the Atlantic 70th AnniversaryFri 24 May - Mon 27 MayLiverpool Waterfront
HMS COLLINGWOOD Open DaySat 1 JuneHMS COLLINGWOOD, Fareham
RNA ConferenceFri 14 June - Sun 16 JuneLiverpool
HMS SULTAN Summer ShowSat 15 June & Sun 16 JuneHMS SULTAN, Gosport
National Armed Forces DaySat 29 JuneNottingham
RNAS YEOVILTON International Air DaySat 13 JulyHMS HERON, Yeovil
Defence Academy Music & Fireworks NightThu 18 July (1800-2200)Shrivenham
RNAS CULDROSE Air DayWed 24 JulyHelston, Cornwall
HMS EXCELLENT Families DayThu 25 JulyHMS EXCELLENT, Portsmouth
RMA ReunionSat 28 September 2013CTCRM Lympstone
Annual PresentationWed 9 October 2013HMS COLLINGWOOD, Fareham
A fundamental characteristic of the RNBT is that the majority of trustees and other volunteer members are serving and ex-serving RN ratings and RM other ranks. This dates back to principles established in 1916 when the Grand Fleet Fund, the forerunner of the RNBT, was founded by Admiral Lord Jellicoe
A Charity with a Royal Charter
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust was incorporated under Royal Charter granted on the 2nd of May 1922 and is registered with the Charity Commission (number 206243). The Charter has been updated over the years with the latest amendments approved by Her Majesty the Queen at a meeting of Her Privy Council held on the 8th of July 2009.
The Trust is honoured to have as its Patron:
- His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM.
The Trust appoints Vice Patrons from time to time and at present there are two:
- Mr K J Pritchard CB MA, a former Director of Greenwich Hospital
- Mr John Thompson MBE BEM, who has been associated with the Trust since October 1985 and was Vice President & Honorary Treasurer from 1994 to 2009.
The governing body of the RNBT is known as the Central Committee and its members are the trustees of the charity. The Chairman of the Trust chairs the Central Committee and its members are the Vice President (also the Honorary Treasurer), the Admiralty Governor, the Senior Serving Officer Trustee, the Specialist Trustees and the Ordinary Member Trustees. The Central Committee meets 3 times per annum and its work is informed by 2 standing sub-committees - the Finance & General Purpose, and the Care of Older People who between them address the detail of the Trust's work putting up resolutions for the Central Committee's consideration.
The President is a retired senior officer appointed by the Central Committee; the current incumbent who took up post in October 2007 is:
- Vice Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon KBE.
The Vice President and Honorary Treasurer
This post is always filled from the body of Ordinary Member Trustees; the current incumbent is:
- Mr Phil Shuttleworth MBE, Ex WO Royal Marines.
The Chairman of the Trust is a retired senior officer who is elected into post by the Central Committee; the current incumbent who took up the post in October 2010 is:
- Rear Admiral Anthony Rix CB.
Senior Officer Trustees
In addition to the Chairman there are 2 other Senior Officer Trustees, one carries the title "Admiralty Govenor" and, as with the Chairman, is a retired senior officer who is elected into post by the Central Committee and the other is a senior serving officer. Both are volunteers who join the Central Committee by virtue of their competence and interest in the work of the Trust.
Good governance requires that the trustee body comprise an appropriate cross section of Skills. The Trust has 3 such specialists offering skill-sets in Finance & Investment, Case Working & Management and Care of Older People. As with all the trustees, they are all volunteers who have a genuine interest in the Work of the Trust.
There are up to 10 Ordinary Member Trustees who are serving or former RN ratings or RM other ranks all of who serve a 3-year term that is renewable subject to being re-elected.
The Trust employs a staff led by the Chief Executive:
- Commander Stephen Farrington QGM Royal Navy
The headquarters staff operates from Castaway House(Portsmouth) and they deal with grants administration, finance, public relations and the day-to-day administration of the affairs of the Trust. The staff of the Trust's care and nursing home, Pembroke House (Gillingham) come under the Home Manager who is in turn responsible to the Chief Executive:
- Mrs Jo Trembeth RGN.