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Royal Navy And Royal Marines Charity Appoints New Chairman

Dr Brian Gilvary said he was honoured to have been selected for the position from a field of more than 150 candidates.

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The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity's (RNRMC) Board of Trustees has selected its new chairman.

The trustees have chosen Dr Brian Gilvary, the executive chairman of Ineos Energy, a division of the INEOS Group, which focuses on oil and gas and the energy transition.

Dr Gilvary is taking over from current chairman Sir Bill Thomas who finishes his six-year stint in the position in July 2021.

Finding his successor was said to be an exhaustive process, with more than 150 potential candidates with a range of backgrounds whittled down to a high-calibre shortlist.

Dr Gilvary was a unanimous choice to lead the board and he was said to share a deep personal commitment with the RNRMC's mission.

Prior to his executive chairman position at Ineos Energy, he was BP plc's Chief Financial Officer and Board Director from 2012- 2020, having joined the company in 1986.

During his time at the British multinational oil and gas company, Brian acted as BP's principal negotiator on a series of large transactions and complex legal matters.

Dr Gilvary is also the senior independent director of Barclays plc; a non-executive director of Air Liquide SA, the Royal Navy and the Francis Crick Institute.

RNRMC aims to help those who have served in the Royal Navy past and present (Picture: Royal Navy).

Since April 2020 he has also served as a Trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Speaking of Dr Gilvary's appointment, current chairman Sir Bill Thomas said he was "delighted" with the decision.

"I am delighted by the news that Dr Brian Gilvary will succeed me as Chair of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity," he said.

"Brian brings not only a tremendous business pedigree, but a deep understanding of and commitment to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines gained as a Non-Executive Director of the Navy Board and as a trustee of the RNRMC.   "Under Brian's expert leadership, working with our energetic board and our hardworking executive team, I am confident that the RNRMC has a very positive future. 

"I look forward to handing over to Brian and seeing the charity re-double its efforts to continue supporting our beneficiaries, the truly excellent men, women and their families who serve or served in the Royal Navy," he added.

Dr Gilvary said he was honoured to be taking over the role.

"It's an honour and privilege to take on the baton from Sir Bill and serve as the next chairman of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity," he said.

"Our programmes, our fundraising, how we work with beneficiaries – there's much work to be done to ensure a safe, secure and bright future for the RNRMC – and most importantly for the naval communities it serves. 

"I have seen for myself the enthusiasm, dedication and fantastic efforts made by staff, volunteers, fellow trustees and the senior team and I look forward to working alongside them all to deliver the charity's ambitious and exciting strategy in the months and years ahead," he added.

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