Richard Stokes CBE
Chair of Trustees
Richard served 36 years as a Royal Navy Officer, leaving in May 2018 as a Rear Admiral. A submarine weapon engineer by background, his recent responsibilities have included running the UK’s three operational Naval Bases, managing the future nuclear submarine programme, and directing the Navy’s Logistics, Infrastructure, and Engineering Support.
He has experienced first-hand the transformational effect of spending time at sea, in warships, submarines, and through sailing. Richard is a keen recreational skier and sailor, and a previous Chair of the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Charity. He was honoured with the award of a CBE in the 2018 New Years Honours. Richard lives in Havant, Hants with his wife Claire and they regularly sail their yacht ‘Skybird’ around the South Coast. Richard was appointed to Chair of Trustees in August 2022.