LGF committee members

Lady Grover’s Fund Jon Brittain

Jon Brittain, Chairman of the Management Committee, Lady Grover’s Fund

Jon was commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1983.

He commanded 70 Aircraft Workshop in Middle Wallop and 7 Battalion REME in Wattisham. On the staff he has over 15 years of experience in defence acquisition, mainly as a sponsor for equipment ranging from helicopters, amphibious and support shipping, strategic and tactical airlift, logistic vehicles and infrastructure. 

His operational experience has been in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. In 2010/11 he was the first Director for Influence and Outreach in HQ ISAF, Kabul. In 2005 he commanded the UK Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.

Since leaving the Army in 2015 he has been a Partner in Terrington Management LLP, a Westminster based consultancy that advises international defence and security companies.

He has been a member of Lady Grover’s Fund since the mid-1990’s, a committee member since 2012 and Chairman since July 2022.

Lady Grover’s Join Lee Holloway

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive, Lady Grover’s Fund

Lee joined HMS Ganges in 1973 at the age of 15 as a Junior Seaman and saw active service in Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Gulf, and the Falklands conflict in HMS Broadsword, before being commissioned in 1986. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1991 with a final appointment as Staff Operations Officer to the Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland in Faslane.

Leaving the Royal Navy in 1993, he worked in the financial services sector for a short period before moving to the Defence and Security industry; with Ultra Electronics and Logica CMG. He was Appointed Regional Director (Europe & Middle East) for RUAG Aerospace from 2006 until 2008, before promotion to Head of International Business Development for RUAG Electronics, based in Zurich.

Lee returned to the UK on appointment as CEO of the Officers’ Association in 2013. As a board member of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo), he was voted to the position of Vice Chairman to General Sir John McColl from 2018 to 2022. He is a member of the Lady Grovers’ Fund (LGF) and has been a Committee Member for the fund for 12 years. He was appointed Chief Executive of LGF in July 2022.

He is a committee member of the Advisory Military Sub Committee (AMSC), Cabinet Office Honours Decorations and Medals Committee, and since 2020 has served as the Suffolk Armed Forces Commissioner.

Lady Grover’s Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell – Committee Member, LGF

Stuart was an Actuary who spent his working life in financial services. For over 30 years, he acted as a consultant advising regulated insurance firms including many friendly societies. His responsibilities included the pricing of new contracts and ensuring that assets held to meet future liabilities were adequate and invested appropriately.

In his latter career, Stuart was the CEO of the Metropolitan Police Friendly Society where he oversaw significant growth in both assets and premiums, and the reversal of a decline in the membership. During that time, he served on the Committees and the Board of the Association of Financial Mutuals (of which Lady Grover is a member).

Following his retirement in 2018, Stuart was attracted to the opportunity to help Lady Grover’s Fund in a part-time role. He joined the Society in May 2020 as CEO. During his 2 year tenure, his main focus was on steering Lady Grover from being a regulated insurer to become a discretionary mutual society. He remains on the Committee as a volunteer.

Lady Grover’s Fund Brigadier (Retired) Ian Caws OBE CEng MICE – Committee Member, LGF

Brigadier (Retired) Ian Caws OBE CEng MICE – Committee Member, LGF

Ian was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1976.  Determined to have fun as a junior officer, his early tours included Berlin, Hong Kong, and Australia (for Professional Engineer Training).  Subsequent Sapper posts included: Cold War soldiering in command of an armoured engineer squadron in Germany; command of 25 Engr Regt in Northern Ireland at a time of great political change; and as Commander Royal Engineers in 3 (UK) Division with operational deployments to Kosovo as Chief Engineer HQ KFOR and to Afghanistan in 2001 as Chief Engineer HQ ISAF.  His final post, before leaving the Army in 2005, was Director of the Army Infrastructure Organisation.  He then spent 12 busy years as Bursar of the Dragon School, a large independent prep school in Oxford. A chance encounter then led to 6 rewarding years as the Director of Operations for Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities, where his involvement in the Lady Grover’s Fund developed, culminating in his election to the LGF Committee in 2017. He retired in 2022.   

Lady Grover’s Fund Jocelyn Lynch – Committee Member, LGF

Jocelyn Lynch – Committee Member, LGF

Jocelyn Lynch spent over 30 years working in the financial services industry before her retirement.  She spent the first 20 years advising members of the Forces about their personal and Non-Public insurances and investments. Latterly, she ran the financial advisory arm of one of the national chartered accountancy firms.

Since retirement, she has served as a trustee on several charity boards, has acted as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust, and serves on the Finance and Audit committee of a major national musical charity.

Within the charity field, she has worked on several strategic reviews and is experienced in governance and finance.

Lady Grover’s Fund Judith Naylor ARRC QARNNS Rtd – Committee Member, LGF

Judith Naylor ARRC QARNNS Rtd –
Committee Member, LGF

Judith completed her Registered Nurse training at the Royal Naval School of Nursing in Plymouth. On qualification, Judith worked on the medical ward before leaving to undertake midwifery training at Sorrento Maternity Hospital in Birmingham.

In 1992, she received a Commission into Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service as a Nursing Officer and was appointed to the Medical Ward at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport. Further appointments followed to RNH Gibraltar and UKSU AFSOUTH in Naples.

In 1990, Judith made a career change and completed the Intensive/Coronary Care training at QA Hospital in Portsmouth. On completion she worked on the ICU at Haslar and was promoted during her time there.

In 1991, she was the NOIC on Op Haven with a team of nursing personnel deployed with the Royal Marines. On returning, she received ARRC in the Operational Honours list. During her time as the Senior Nursing Officer at MDHU Derriford, Judith was promoted to Commander and deployed as the Matron of the PCRS for Op Telic 1 in 2003. Various policy appointments followed, with Judith’s final appointment on promotion to Captain as the Defence Nursing Advisor to the Surgeon General and completion of 30 years’ Service.

Judith is now a Director of her own company alongside her husband.

Lady Grover’s Fund Duncan Tilley

Duncan Tilley – Committee Member, LGF

Duncan served for 39 years in the Royal Navy, including acting as Staff Commander to the Head of Naval Personnel and Second-in-Command of the Navy’s flagship Air Station. He Commanded warships as a Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander and Commander and was Officer-in-Charge of a Naval Party embarked in a British-flagged vessel under contract to the Navy. Before stepping back from full-time service in 2019, he was loaned to the Royal Navy of Oman and as an advisor to the Sultan’s Government in the Communications and Transport Department.  Duncan has also worked in the MoD Hydrographic Office in Taunton, and in Joint Intelligence at the Northwood HQ.  

Duncan was appointed as a Member of the Veterans Advice & Pensions Committee in the South West of England by the then Minister for Defence People and Veterans in 2020.  He has been a Director of a small family-run SME and on the Management Board of a retirement accommodation complex in Plymouth. He also worked alongside the CQC in the regulated Adult Social Care residential sector in the SW where many of the people needing to access the residential units were Armed Forces Veterans or have links to the wider Armed Forces community.  In his spare time, he volunteers as a Lay Panellist and occasional Chair for the Teaching Regulation Agency’s Professional Conduct Panels.