We Remember Submariners Organisational Structure

The group has become too much for one person to manage and as we evolve, it was decided we should put in place a suitable structure to ensure we grow, and equip the group to operate as a charity. The group will be overseen by a board of trustees, who will meet face to face on an annual basis and in addition, will organise several on line meetings to discuss the long term strategic plans of the group, providing guidance and direction to the management group.

This group will consist of a Patron and Founder who are ex-officio officers and will remain in post until they wish to resign or cross the bar. There will also be a group of 8 trustees who will be elected from the voting members of the charity. They will serve a fixed term on the board and after 3 years may stand again or step down, they will not however be able to serve more than three terms without having to take a break as a trustee. They may stand for re-election again after one year.

From this group a Chairman, a Finance Director and an Operation Director will be elected to act as the management committee, responsible for the day to day running of the group though seeking guidance from the trustees whenever they feel it is required.

The management committee will ensure that all aims of the group are met and produce financial reports and audit trails of all accounts and transactions.

The management committee will consider applications by organisations and individuals with monetary assistance up to £1000. Financial requests greater than £1000 will require approval from the Trustees.

To assist the Management team, There is an Admin team who will provide administration, the online shop, website provision and monitor the social media sites.

In addition, there will be a group of approx 40 voting members who will become the membership of the group. These will be known as Ambassadors.

Listed below are the Officers and the roles that they will hold. All Trustee and Management posts are initially held for three years. To enable continuity within the charity as we continue to grow.

  • Patron Gillian Molyneux
    Gill is the widow of the late Lt Cdr. Ian Molyneux who was tragically killed on board HMS Astute in 2011. She has supported this group from the beginning and plays an active role within the group ensuring the memory of Ian is not forgotten.
  • Founder John Bradbury
    John was the key instigator in organising a wreath for Lt Cdr. Molyneux. He then continued with an annual pin to remember our brothers, that have sadly crossed the bar each year. Following poor health and the group becoming too large for one person alone, he has handed over the running to a management committee and established the board of trustees.
  • Chairman / Finance Director and Trustee Nigel Mellor
    Nigel is a retired diesel boat submariner who has been involved with the group since 2013. In 2016 he was elected as treasurer for the group, collating all payments in and out and producing a set of accounts that assisted us with our charity application. He is also involved with the Submariners Association and has positive links with the Submarine Command Warrant Officer and serving submariners across the country.
  • Trustee Richard Figgins
    Richard is a retired submariner who has been involved in the group for the many years.
  • Trustee Steve Thorpe
    Steve will be acting as a point of contact for all serving submariners who wish to purchase pins, or require our assistance.
  • Trustee Andrew (Chalky) Whyte
    Chalky will be acting as an CTB Offier in the South West to ensure we provide wreaths to submariners that cross the bar and point of contact for pin sales.
  • Trustee James Dickaty
    James will be acting as an CTB in the North West to ensure we provide wreaths to submariners that cross the bar.
  • Trustee Bill McCormack
    Bill will be acting as an CTB Officer in the North East to ensure we provide wreaths to submariners that cross the bar and point of contact for pin sales.
  • Trustee David Woolterton
    David is a retired submariner who has been assisting We Remember Submariners over the past few years with IT, including internet, email and social media. David has also designed this website, whilst having the future in mind and will remain the current Webmaster. He is honoured to become a trustee and brings with him a great deal of knowledge and experience.
  • Management Team
    Crossing the Bar (CTB) Manager: CPO David Smith
    Shop: Mrs Terri Mellor
  • Crossing the Bar (CTB) Officers
    Scottish Area: Pam Durrant
    North East Area: Andy Bain
    International & East Anglia Area: Patrick Warley


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