Jane Gerard-Pearse - Chair of the Friends Trust
Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse BSc (Hons) MBA. Jane was formerly a Speech Therapist in the NHS, Manager of Uttoxeter Racecourse and Non-executive Director of Northern Racing plc. She was also a member of the OTC at Manchester University. She is now married with 2 daughters and currently managing a Holiday Cottage Business in the Peak District.
Major General A P Farquhar CBE DL
After a lifetime career in the Army, Andrew Farquhar has become a management consultant in London and abroad, but with his home very much in Staffordshire. Throughout his military service he has had very close links with the Army Cadet Force, holding a variety of posts that directly affected the policy and the day to day running of the ACF. He has personal knowledge of this excellent youth movement as he joined the cadets in 1966! Andrew is keen to continue his support to the Cadets and he sees his role as a trustee of the Friends as an excellent way to do this by offering his experience both as a soldier and a consultant to the Board of Trustees. He hopes to be able to raise additional funds for the Trust by seeking sponsorship for the occasional marathon that he runs. To read more about General Farquhar's marathons, see our News page.
John Mohin OBE
John Mohin was with Wedgwood in a variety of senior management roles for 35 years, most recently as Managing Director in Australia, where he was awarded citizenship for services to the Commonwealth. He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and a Doctor of Staffordshire University. In addition to being a Trustee of the Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force, he is a Founding Trustee of The Archbishop of York Youth Trust and a Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Friends in the United Kingdom.
David Gage - Treasurer
David Gage is a retired corporate banker and currently Vice-Chairman of Stafford Railway Building Society, Governor of Staffordshire University, Chairman of North Staffordshire Risk Capital Fund PLC, Trustee & Honorary Treasurer of Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum and Churchwarden of St Peter's Ellastone.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Logan
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Logan is Staffordshire and West Midlands' ACF Deputy Commandant (South).
RSMI Ian Hitchcox
Ian Hitchcox is the county's Regimental Sergeant Major.
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Lesley has enjoyed a career in administration and hospitality, working for many organisations including Burton Albion F.C., in addition to assisting her partner in various trustee roles across Burton upon Trent and Staffordshire.
Honorary Colonel Graham Stow CBE DL
Founder of The Friends
Colonel Stow retired from his position as Chair of the Friends in April 2013. The trustees of the Friends, as well as the cadets, adults and staff of the county, will be forever grateful to him for founding the Friends Trust.
Colonel Stow is a former Group CEO of Britannia Building Society and CEO of Asda Stores. He is the Chairman of IPRISM Underwriting Agency and he served as High Sheriff of Staffordshire 2007/8. He is currently a trustee of The National Memorial Arboretum and of Lichfield Cathedral. He is the Chair of Trustees of The Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum and of The Staffordshire Community Foundation and a former Chair of Governors at Staffordshire University. He is also Warden of the Worshipful Company of Curriers.