The headquarters staff operates from Castaway House (Portsmouth), and deals with grants administration, finance, public relations and the day-to-day administration of the affairs of the Trust.
Rob Bosshardt has been Chief Executive since April 2017. Following a career in the Royal Navy, including sea command, he was an independent school Bursar from 2006, including qualifying as a school inspector. He is a Trustee of the Naval Service Sports Charity and an LTA tennis tournament referee, including the RN and Inter-Service Championships. He is also a committee member of the Portsmouth CIPD group and a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Susan has joined the RNBT at a very exciting time; the Centenary year. She has had a varied and interesting career to date and has worked in the Private sector, for Local Government and more recently in the not for profit arena. She is a passionate finance professional who advocates that her role is not just about the numbers. She has never served in the Navy, but her Dad has and so she is familiar with some of the Jack Speak and knows not to be late for anything! In her spare time she cooks, keeps fit and looks after two teenage children and a chef husband.
Carole has worked in health and social care for over 40 years starting as a student nurse in Reading. As part of her journey to the RNBT Carole was a QARANC and has held may positions across the public and private sector organisations. As the Director of Care Carole believes veterans are central in everything we do. Given the time Carole enjoys nothing more than DIY or as her son says....breaking the house!
Phil Shuttleworth MBE is a former Royal Marine Warrant Officer who served for lots of years in the Corps. A previous Vice President of the Trust and has been involved in delivering benevolence as a Trustee and on the Grants team since 1999. As the Beneficiary Support Coordinator, Phil liaises with beneficiaries to fulfil the wider need of the individual.
Chrissie joined the WRNS as a Writer and left the RN 25 years later as a Master At Arms (Crusher!). For the next two years Chrissie was the Association of Wrens’ Assistant Secretary and latterly the Project Manager of Shipmates & Oppos, a Royal Naval Association programme helping Service leavers to make the transition to ‘Civvy Street’. As a Beneficiary Support Co-Ordinator, she continues to engage with the Naval Family. When not at work, she maintains strict discipline in the household by continuing to conduct Defaulters, with her Husband, Son and Border Collie making regular appearances.
Tracy is our second Grant Administrator working alongside Sam. Tracy’s career started with 9 years in the WRNS/Royal Navy as a writer, she retrained and gained a BSc (Hons) and MSc to work in various clinical roles within the NHS. Tracy was a trustee for the RNBT for a short while before originally taking up the BSC2 post. With a former ‘bootneck’ and a former ‘matelot’ in the office Tracy brings a touch of normality, and the average age down considerably! When not at work Tracy is either out and about with her daughters, at the gym, walking or baking.
A former Royal Navy Warrant Officer having served for over 32 years. Having previously worked for the Naval Families Federation, he joined the RNBT in March 2015. Sam is one of two Grant Administrators. Sam is married to a former Wren and enjoys extensively traveling, cooking, sailing and keeping relatively fit.
Sarah joined the RNBT in January 2019 after working in various Payroll and Finance positions. With no naval background she is quickly picking up the lingo from her colleagues, whilst also gaining her 'sea legs' by attending events and volunteering for the Trust. In her ‘spare’ time Sarah runs around after a hectic young son, step-son and husband.
Lisa works alongside Sue, dealing with all the initial enquiries from Caseworkers and veterans and inputting vital information onto the Caseworker Management System (CMS). Her administration experience spans some 30 years. Lisa enjoys baking and playing tennis and more recently qualified as a Fitness Instructor.
Sue is one of the Administration Assistants and is the longest serving member of staff in Head Office. Sue deals with all the initial enquiries from Caseworkers and veterans and inputs vital information onto the Caseworker Management System (CMS). In her spare time she likes to play bowls, go for walks with her husband, read and watch TV.
Corinne joined the Trust immediately after completing 23 years as a Petty Officer Writer in the Royal Navy. Her role at the Trust takes on many guises, from conducting RNBT briefs to service personnel and charitable organisations, to organising the Summer Events programme and Annual Presentations. Corinne is also responsible for the Trust’s social media sites. When not at work, Corinne spends most of her time running around after her daughter, husband and their 2 manic cockapoos.
Joining the team as Office Manager at the HQ in September 2020, Michele looks after facilities at Castaway House as well as working closely with our Trustees, supporting the Chief Executive and Finance Director with their various projects, liaising with The Charity Commission and generally being a help to the RNBT team. When not at work Michele enjoys cooking and has a secret addiction to Sci Fi Movies. (no secret now !)