FAB is changing (for the better!!) and as part of this process we have invited a select few individuals to form part of our Board of Advisors. These individuals not only come from a variety of service or civilian backgrounds but most importantly they bring with them valued opinions based on experience from their chosen careers and life experience. We are delighted to have such notable individuals who are keen to impart their wisdom on FAB in order for us to continue developing further! Welcome to the Board of Advisors….
Nick Pollard — Chief Executive, SSVC/BFBS
Nick Pollard, who is Chief Executive of Services Sound and Vision Corporation, has had a distinguished career in British journalism and broadcasting spanning nearly forty five years, and has very extensive experience in domestic and international news coverage.
For ten years, as Head of Sky News, Nick furthered its reputation for unrivalled coverage of breaking news and major events around the world. Under his leadership the channel won widespread praise and numerous awards for its reporting of events such as the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Kosovo conflict, the Omagh bombing, the death of Princess Diana, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Asian tsunami disaster and the July 7th London bombings.
He oversaw coverage of New Labour’s historic election victory of 1997 and subsequent elections in 2001 and 2005, and the launch of Sky News Active, the world’s first interactive television news service, which has underlined the channel’s pioneering status.
Sky News’ position as Europe’s leading 24-hour news channel was highlighted during his tenure by the many industry and viewer awards won by the channel. Among many other awards Sky News was named four times as Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year and won two BAFTAs for news coverage, the first for coverage of the terrorist attacks on America and the second for its reporting of the Soham murders.
Before joining Sky News Nick spent nearly thirteen years at ITN where he was Executive Producer of News at Ten and responsible for General Election coverage in 1983, 1987 and 1992. He produced news coverage on location of some of the major news events of that period, including the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Zebrugge ferry disaster. Nick’s work for ITN on the first Gulf War was recognised with the Gold Award at the New York International Television Awards, and a BAFTA nomination.
Nick began his journalistic career as a local newspaper journalist in 1968. He then progressed to BBC Radio Merseyside as a reporter and presenter, before joining BBC Radio News in 1973 and moving to BBC TV News in 1977. He left the BBC in 1980, when he took up the post at ITN.
Nick joined BSkyB as Head of Sky News in 1996 and ran the channel for ten years until September 2006. He then worked as a consultant advising and assisting companies throughout the world in the field of television news. From 2007 to 2008 he led the team for the successful launch of the Delhi-based English-language news channel NewsX.
Since June 2009 Nick has been Chief Executive of Services Sound and Vision Corporation, the charity that runs British Forces Broadcasting and other services for the UK’s armed forces including live entertainment shows, a chain of cinemas, shops and a major film archive. He has developed BFBS’s news service on television, radio, online, on mobile apps and on social media.
Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and in 2007 was awarded the RTS’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Television Journalism. He was Chairman of the Society’s annual Journalism Awards from 2008-2011.
In 2012 he carried out the independent inquiry into the BBC’s handling of the Jimmy Savile affair, producing ‘The Pollard Report’ on the matter in December 2012.
Nick is married with two sons aged 25 and 27.
Andy Simpson — Chief Community Development Officer, Army Welfare Service
Mr Simpson has been engaged in providing services to children, young people and families for over four decades within the local government and Third Sector and more recently during the past five years within the Army Welfare Service.
Mr Simpson is the national lead for Army Welfare Service Community Support, he is also the MOD Head of Profession for children and families. During his time in his current position he has made a major contribution to the development of innovative and creative activities at regional and national levels to support Service personnel and their families.
His tireless efforts over the past four years to enage with, and develop support for Service families in Northern Ireland has resulted in an exciting and innovative flagship project in collaboration with Cooperation Ireland (Patron HM). The Family and Community Engagement Project gained European funding in excess of £1 million to support a thirty month reconciliation, engagement and integration project. Under his leadership the Army Welfare Service Community Support has lead the way in a national initiative with the Royal British Legion to vastly extend and increase the uptake of Poppy Breaks by Service children and young people to over fourteen hundred participants nationally.
Most recently, as MoD Children's Directorate lead for youth participation he played a significant role in ensuring the launch of the first ever Tri Service Youth Forum. His leadership, drive and enthusiasm has inspired his staff to support and engage with a wide range of community partnerships generating in excess of £6 million of additional support to Service personnel and their families. Over the past four decades Mr Simpson has championed the voice of children, young people and families at local, regional, national and international levels. As recently as June 2012, in a voluntary capacity, at the 2nd International Youth Studies Conference in the Republic of Ireland he presented to delegates the ground breaking community engagement work being carried out in Ireland by the Army Welfare Service.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Burton-Doe ACMA CGMA — Head, Management Accountancy Services (Army)
Mark Burton-Doe is a serving officer within the Adjutant Generals’ Corps - Staff and Personnel Support Branch. He is the current Head of Management Accountancy Services (Army) based at Army Headquarters in Andover. He has enjoyed a long and varied career in British Army spanning nearly thirty five years.
During his service he has gained extensive experience of Non-Public Fund accounting and served as a Trustee, Auditor and Financial Advisor to a number of large Service Charitable Funds.
Mark became a qualified Management Accountant in 1999 and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 2000. He was delighted to accept the role of FAB Advisor in July 13.
Mark lives in Southampton and is married with two children aged 14 and 10.
Commodore Mike Farrage CBE — Commodore Naval Personnel
Commodore Farrage joined the Royal Navy in 1986. Having earned his Green Beret and Parachute Wings, he spent his earlier career with the Royal Marines in various delivery, training, and policy roles at CTCRM Lympstone, M-Squadron RM Poole, and HQ Royal Marines.
Complementing appointments included Officer Commanding Initial Ratings Training at HMS RALEIGH, and Staff and Command Training at RNC Greenwich. As an SO1, he gained experience in command, policy and staff appointments, including HMS DRYAD, HQRM and MOD Centre.
Promoted to Captain in 2002, he was appointed to MOD Centre as Deputy Director Training Management, responsible for setting, monitoring and evaluating Training Management Policy across Defence, before taking command of the Defence Centre of Training Support. In 2005, he was seconded to industry with Flagship Training Limited as Strategy Director. This was followed by an appointment as Captain Shore Training.
Appointed Director Naval Physical Development in 2008, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Moral Component of Operational Capability Campaign Plan, and Head of Naval Service Adventurous Training, Sport, and Physical Development.
Completing an operational deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 as Chief Strategic Effects for the UK NCC, he returned to lead a joint UK/Danish Op HERRICK Javelin Service Inquiry.
Promoted Commodore in 2011, he redeployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff for the NATO Training Mission before taking up his current assignment as Commodore Naval Personnel.
Married to Fiona, they have two children; Nicola (20) and Matthew (18); their home is in West Wittering, Chichester. He is chairman of Royal Navy Field Gun, and as a keen sportsman he enjoys squash, skiing and golf.