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Squadron Leader Derek Evans [Chairman]
Derek Evans served in the Royal Air Force from 1952 to 1985. He spent his full career flying Canberras, V. Bombers, Britannias and Nimrods. He served in the Suez and Falklands campaigns. On retirement he spent 12 months with Loganair and 11 years with British Aerospace as Head of Training and Director of Flight Operations. Joining SSAFA Forces Help in 1985 he has been a caseworker for 23 years and Divisional Secretary in 2 branches, a Branch Secretary and is an Accredited Training Officer. Derek was appointed Chairman of the West of Scotland War Pensions Committee on 1st January, 2001.
He is a War Disablement Pensioner.

Barry Acons
Barry Acons joined the Royal Navy in 1958 aged 17 and served for 28 years, leaving in 1986 as a Warrant Officer and was subsequently awarded War Disablement Pension. He joined SSAFA Forces Help in 1994 as a Caseworker, taking over as a Divisional Secretary in 1996 whilst remaining as an active Caseworker. He was appointed to South West Scotland War Pensions Committee in 1997 and later to West of Scotland War Pensions Committee following the reconstitution in 2000. He is a Member of Royal British Legion Scotland and HMS Collingwood Association.

Sheena Glass (awaiting pen picture)

Commander Anthony Claudius Herdman Royal Navy
Tony Herdman joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1964. During his 32 years in the Royal Navy he specialised in navigation and served in a cruiser, five frigates, a survey ship, two minesweepers (one of which he commanded) and HM Royal Yacht Britannia. He retired in 1996. Since leaving the Royal Navy, Tony Herdman became the Area Organiser in Scotland for King George’s Fund for Sailors and the Chief Executive of the Earl Haig Fund and Officers’ Association Scotland.

Group Captain R G Kemp CBE QVRM AE FRIN
Group Captain Bob Kemp joined the Royal Air Force in 1965. He spent 20 years flying fast jets before pursuing a career in the avionics industry with Ferranti in Edinburgh. He was commissioned into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 1986. He was appointed Inspector of the Force and Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen in 2000 and he held both posts until 2007. Group Captain Kemp is currently Director Scotland of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and he lives in Edinburgh. He was mobilised for active service during the Kosovo crisis in 1999 when he served in HQ NATO in Brussels and again in 2003 for operations to liberate Iraq. Group Captain Kemp was appointed C.B.E. in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2006. He joined the War Pensions Committee in November, 2007.

Ken MacLachlan

Ken MacLachlan joined the RNVR in 1951 and in 1952 he joined the Royal Navy and served two years National Service returning to the RNVR in 1954. He joined SSAFA Forces Help as a volunteer Caseworker in 1996 and since 1999 he has been the Hon. Branch Secretary of the Dumfriesshire & Stewartry Branch. Ken joined the West of Scotland War Pensions Committee in 1999 and remains a committee member to this date. He is a member of Coastal Forces Veterans Association and a board Director of the Dumfriesshire & Galloway Citizens Advice Bureau.

Alistair Marshal
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David McAllister

David McAllister (64) is Chairman of the Lanarkshire Branch of SSAFA Forces Help. He has over 17 years experience with SSAFA Forces Help. He has been a member of the West of Scotland War Pension Committee since 2003. David is widowed, lives in Strathaven and has 2 married daughters

Peter Newlove (awaiting pen picture)

Kate Nicol
Kate served in the WRNS from 1973 to 1995 in the Navy's Social Work Department [Naval Personal and Family Services]. As well as undertaking a full range of social work duties, she became a specialist Money Adviser with responsibility for casework and instruction, which involved delivering presentations to audiences ranging from small groups to entire submarine crews. Since retiring she has kept cerebral atrophy at bay by undertaking voluntary work with SSAFA Forces Help, the Royal British Legion Scotland [at local, Area and National level] and the War Pensions Committee. She is currently vice-Chairman of the West of Scotland committee. She is a War Disablement Pensioner.

John Porter

John Porter served with the Black Watch as a Regular and with the TA and HSF (Home Service Force) through the seventies and early eighties. He joined the Royal British Legion Scotland 33 years ago and has served at Branch, Area and National level. He served the Branch and Area as a Pension and Welfare Officer for twenty years and has also served on every National Committee under the Legion's old National Council. He is the longest serving member of the WPC and has played an active part both on appeals hearings (which used to be the WPC'S roll) and also more recently in the Publicity side of things.

Peter Tuckfield
Peter Tuckfield is a qualified social worker. He owned and managed 2 care homes for elderly people prior to early retirement in April 2007. He is a SSAFA Forces Help caseworker and recently became treasurer of the Wigtownshire Branch. He was appointed to the West of Scotland War Pensions Committee in November 2007.


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