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Friends of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force Trust

Patron

Ian J Dudson CBE KStJ

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire

Ian Dudson was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant on 29th March 2012. He is married to Jane and they have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Ian was an industrialist whose family business, Dudson Ltd, has been manufacturing ceramic tableware for the worldwide hospitality industry, and based in Stoke on Trent, since 1800. He was Chief Executive from 1988 until 2009 and then Non-Executive Chairman until 2016. Other Ceramic industry appointments included being President of the British Ceramic Confederation from 2007-2009, a non-executive director of British Ceramic Research Ltd from 1994-1999 and President of the European Federation of Porcelaine and Faience from 2005-2008.

Ian was awarded the CBE for services to the ceramics industry in 2002 and made a Knight of the Order of St John in 2017.

Prior to appointment as Lord-Lieutenant, he was a Deputy Lieutenant since 2001 and was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2010-11. He was Pro-Chancellor of Keele University and Chair of Council from 2005-2012, a board member of the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce from 2002-2014 and he was also a founding member of the Local Enterprise Partnership. Currently, he is Chair of the Trustees of The Dudson Centre, which acts as a resource centre for voluntary groups and he chairs the Magistrates Advisory Committee for Staffordshire.

He has been a keen supporter of the work of the ‘Friends’ since they were formed in 2009 and regularly attends our fundraising events. In addition, he and his wife Jane often accompany the Trustees on their visit to the Cadets annual training camp each summer to meet the Cadets and to spend time with the Trustees.

Honorary President

Graham Stow CBE DL FCIPD FCIB FRSA

Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire

Graham Stow is the Vice Lord Lt of Staffordshire. He is a previous High Sheriff of Staffordshire and former Honorary Colonel of Staffordshire and West Midlands Army Cadet Force. In that capacity, he had the foresight for and founded the Friends Trust and was appointed as its first Chair of Trustees.

Graham has played an extensive role in the life of Staffordshire including as Chair of Governors of Staffordshire University, from which he has an honorary degree, as a trustee of the National Memorial Arboretum and of Lichfield Cathedral amongst others. Graham is a businessman by background having held a number of senior appointments in retail and financial services. He was awarded the CBE in 2004 for his services to business and to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Upon retirement from the Trustees in 2018, he became lifetime Honorary President in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to the Friends of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force.

Trustees

Jonathan Dale – Chair of Trustees

After years in the heavy side construction materials industry and international logistics at board level, Jonathan has worked independently and as an SME.

Currently still involved with the logistics industry and international materials, he is a Board member of the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership responsible for Business Growth and Innovation and also Chair of the European Structural Investment Fund Committee.

 

Ruby Nagi

Born in Uganda, Ruby moved to the United Kingdom, which she classes as her home, nearly 50 years ago. She worked for the Leicestershire Chambers of Commerce for a few years and has been the owner of various businesses including opening her own nursery and local restaurants. Ruby has a passion for food and cooking and she is a committee Member of ‘Sanja’, which raises money for local causes in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. She is a Member of the Patients Participating Group at her medical surgery and has been a Trustee of the Friends since January 2018.

 

Stephen Smith

Stephen has lived in the Hanbury/Draycott-in-the-Clay area all of his life and comes from a long established Staffordshire farming family. He is currently Managing Director of Hayes Industries Ltd, based in Marchington. Stephen has been a Parish and District Councillor in East Staffordshire and he designed and commissioned the Millennium Monument located in Market Square, Uttoxeter. Stephen’s hobbies include cycling, skiing, sailing, long distance hill walking and was a soldier of the Reserve Army for 11 years.

 

Lesley Machin

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.

 

 

Malcolm Sperring-Toy

Born in Birmingham, Malcolm moved to North Staffordshire in the early 1970’s and fell in love with the county. He had a successful career as a travel agent, operating predominately in Leek and the Potteries, and has travelled extensively across the world. One of his main interests is the military and political history of the Great War, especially the 1916 Battles of the Somme. He has escorted groups of adults and young people to the Somme battlefields and on several occasions, groups from the Staffordshire & West Midlands Army Cadet Force. He was so impressed with both the Army Cadets and its organisation that Malcolm became a Trustee of the Friends in February 2017.

Graham Morley DL

Until February 2018, Graham was Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College. He now provides interim Principal support in Further Education Colleges across the country. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Past President of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, Chair of Members of a Multi Academy Trust in Uttoxeter and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He has a keen interest in World War 1, Formula 1 motorsport and gradening. Graham is passionate about providing education, training and opportunity for young people and has been a Trustee since 2017.

 

 Kate Farmer

Kate lives in Blythe Bridge, Stoke on Trent with husband Paul. She has spent most of her working career in the Ceramics Industry; in Sales, Marketing and Administration.  She is Currently works at Wade Ceramics Limited as Brand Ambassador. She has spent 10 years as Lord Mayors Secretary for the City of Stoke on Trent. Kate has traveled extensively around the world for business and pleasure. Now semi retired, Kate give lots of support to charities and  is proud to be a trustee of The Friends of The Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force Trust.

 

Simon Donegan

Served 12 years as an Irish Guards Officer holding appointments such as Recce Platoon Commander, Adjutant and Company Commander. Subsequently became a General Manager of 4 companies, CEO of a 600 employee Plc and a highly experienced business consultant having assisted over 60 MD’s in 6 Countries over the last 12 years. Simon was trained by Group 4 in Quality Assurance, TQM and various British Standards. (He was their Regional Director for London and East Anglia managing over some 1500 employees). He has successfully gained certification to EN ISO 9001:2008 in numerous companies he has either managed or assisted as a consultant. Simon is currently an Associate of Beer & Young Ltd, MD of Arccen Homes Ltd, Chairman of the Irish Guards Association – North of England Branch and Deputy Commandant of Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) ACF.

Senior Officers

Colonel Ric Logan

Colonel Logan enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1971 serving tours of duty in Germany and UK where he was employed in various training, leadership and administrative roles. On leaving the Regular Army he joined the Royal Signals Reserves and held appointments in Transport, Training, Leadership and Logistic Support, before leaving the Reserves.

Colonel Logan transferred to Staffordshire and West Midlands ACF in early 2010, where he currently holds the appointment of County Commandant and had previously been the County Training Officer and Deputy Commandant (South). Col Logan is married to Elizabeth and have two grown-up sons, eight grandchildren and is a keen formula-one enthusiast.

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