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New Role for Retired Colonel

RGS alumnus joins the Cabinet Office to support Armed Forces Veterans
Image Credit: The Telegraph
Image Credit: The Telegraph

We are delighted to hear reported widely in the national news, of the appointment of retired Colonel David Richmond CBE to a new post within the Cabinet Office. David will head the recently founded Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) which has the remit to pull together all functions of government, and better co-ordinate charity sector provision in order to ensure our Armed Forces Veterans receive the best possible care and support following their service to the nation. This significant and overdue appointment draws on David’s extensive military service and his role as Director of Recovery at Help for Heroes.
 
David attended RGS (1981-85) during which time he was a talented sportsman (he appears on the centurions board in Flagge Meadow amongst other achievements) before forging his career in the Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising to the rank of Colonel in Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and served as Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Alumni who attended the AOOE’s 2015 Annual Dinner in Perrins Hall heard David speak openly and frankly about his unfortunate distinction of becoming the highest ranking British officer to be seriously wounded during the most recent Afghan war. He described vividly the subsequent treatment he successfully endured over three years to save his leg after receiving a devastating bullet wound that should have probably led to amputation.

David said of this role and his appointment, “I’m honoured to take on this role. As a veteran, I understand the struggles that some face and leading the OVA will provide a unique opportunity to serve our veteran community as they transition to civilian life and to ensure that the experience and the support they receive is world-leading. I also know that our former military personnel are hugely talented, committed and have a range of skills, experiences and qualifications that we must ensure continues to benefit UK society. I want the OVA to champion veterans and ensure that their skills and talents are recognised fully by employers, business and wider society.”

Everyone at the School wishes you every success David.
 

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