FAB is changing (for the better!) and as part of this process we have invited a select few individuals to form part of our Trustees. 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 Trustees….
Mr Ian Lamberton — Chair of Trustees
Ian was born and grew up in the town of Ayr on the West Coast of Scotland. Prior to his retirement in 2016 he owned and ran a successful independent vehicle service & repair workshop for 35yrs. As well as membership of the Engineering Council for the UK and Institute of the Motor Industry, his qualifications include an HND in Vehicle Technology and Management.
Having served in the Church of Scotland as an elder for over 38yrs Ian was appointed as Clerk to the Session at Ayr St Andrews in 2016 and is an administering Trustee for the Breckenridge Trust in the Church. He served both as a boy and an officer in the Boys Brigade for almost 50yrs, during which time he reformed the 4th Ayr Company attached to St Andrews in 1981. He retired from the Captaincy in 2008 having overseen and organised many activities including badgework and canvas camps.
Ian remarried in 2016 and along with his wife Marian enjoys time with their son, four daughters, and three grandchildren.
His Hobbies include Sport particularly his local football team – Ayr United, Geneology, Local History, Travel and restoration of his two classic vehicles.
Miss Lou O'Connell MBE — Lou O’Connell MBE
With personal experience of bereavement as a child and adult, I became one of the original FAB volunteers from the 2009 pilot camps.
Initially drawn to the project because of its combination of adventurous training and support to bereaved military families, I could not have imagined the effect FAB would have, not only on the families who attended those initial camps but also to me, on a personal level.
Since 2009 I have carried out a variety of roles on a number of camps such as bereavement support, Camp Lead and family volunteer. Outside of the camps, since 2010 I have been the Volunteer Co-ordinator; responsible for recruiting, training and administration of all camp volunteers. I stood down from this role following the 2017 camps to concentrate on my transition from military to civilian life.
In April 2018 I retired from the Regular Army after 22 years, during which time I spent eight years as a military policewoman and the remaining 14 years within the Army Welfare Service. I have extensive experience in supporting bereaved adults and children, Youth Mental Health First Aid, military welfare support and Safeguarding. I am currently studying to become a Mental Health Nurse at the University of East Anglia and maintain my military links through Army Reservist service.
Mrs Jenny Birdsall — Trustee
Jenny has always been a part of a military family with her father, husband and son all serving. She grew up moving between the UK, Germany and Cyprus.
Jenny was introduced to FAB back in 2010, along with her daughter Melissa, when her son was killed in Afghanistan. After enjoying a few FAB holidays and benefitting highly from them, Jenny then worked as the Family Coordinator for a year and took part in numerous events in support of FAB, including the Night of Heroes evening where FAB recieved the prestigious Millie Award.
As well as working with FAB, Jenny currently works for Virgin Trains and thoroughly enjoys working with people every day. In her spare time, she loves travelling, dog-walking and socialising.