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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brigadier David Innes OBE

Trustee Director

David Innes was the first commanding officer of the 5th Battalion Royal Green Jackets, a new Territorial Army battalion raised in the mid 1980s and based in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. on the Board David represents the interests of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, the Royal Green Jackets and todays regiment, The Rifles, and is responsible for fundraising.

Colonel Christopher Laurence MBE QVRM TD

Trustee Director

Chris Laurence commanded the QOOH Squadron from 1983 to 1989 and went on to command 39 (City of London) Signal Regiment (Special Communications)(Volunteers) in 1992. In civilian life he is a veterinary surgeon and has held senior positions in the RSPCA and Dogs Trust. Chris is the current Chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and chairs the SOFO Finance Committee.

Colonel John Bridgeman CBE TD DL

Trustee Director

John is Chairman of a number of organisations in the public, private and third sectors and has particular expertise in charities and charitable trusts. As well as a career in the Aluminium Industry and in Government he has had a Reserve Forces career in REME and the Ministry of Defence. He became Honorary Colonel, Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars in 1997, was a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire from 1989 to 2019 and High Sheriff in 1995.

Heather Carter

Trustee Director

Heather joined the Blenheim Palace management team in 2006 moving from an exciting career in hospitality and banqueting in the City of London and working with Government Hospitality team.  Her role as Operations Director at Blenheim Palace today is to be responsible for the management of all of the day-visitor facing operations, most notably guest services, security, events, retail and catering but also externally to represent the Estate’s businesses locally to promote and to drive the Palaces economic contribution to the local community. Heather lives in Woodstock and is a member of the Wake Up To Woodstock steering group, B4 and works closely with Experience Oxfordshire.

Henry Spilberg

Trustee Director

Henry has worked for over 20 years in STM (scientific, technical & medical) publishing as an editor and publisher, developing and managing a wide range of print and online resources including medical textbooks, academic journals and educational materials. He has a lifelong passion for history, especially local and military history, and is a founder member of the Great War Group. He is a parish councillor and has previously served as a primary school governor, including two years as chair.

Major Tom Shannon TD PhD FIE(Aust.) CPEng (Biomed.)

Trustee Director

Tom has served as an Australian national serviceman, regular soldier, naval reserve sailor and finally as a Territorial rifleman in the County Regiment. He is a founder of the Oxford Metrics Group plc with over 30 years of international and commercial experience as a practicing engineer and scientist with a focus on the medical applications of computer vision to human motion and shape. Tom currently holds a Visiting Professorship within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Staffordshire University researching adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and is married with two children and grandchildren. In his spare time he is also a passionate amateur historian and a sheep and cattle farmer in Somerset.

Major-General (Retired) David Shouesmith

Trustee Chairman

David Shouesmith became Chairman of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in the summer of 2021.

He had a 28-year military career which included command at every level and three separate postings within Oxfordshire, to Abingdon, as squadron, regimental and station commander, and which included two tours of Bosnia and one to Afghanistan. His military specialisation was in logistics, support and acquisition, with a particular interest in enabling industry to assume a greater role in the provision of military capability. As the senior logistician in the UK Ministry of Defence 2007-2009 he was closely involved in the development of RAF Brize Norton as the hub of the UK’s Strategic Air Mobility Force.

Since leaving the Army in 2009 David has worked as a management consultant, in corporate strategy, strategic supply chain and critical project management across a range of industry sectors and with companies large and small. In 2016 he joined a US tech company to lead its UK and Europe market entry and in March 2020 he joined a start-up, Universal Defence and Security Solutions, to co-lead their business development. David has a rare blend of military and private sector experience, with a profound understanding of how people, systems and processes operate across the defence and industry enterprise to deliver commercially viable defence outputs.

David continues to serve as a colonel commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps and was the founding Chairman of the Royal Logistic Corps Foundation in 2016. He served as the Honorary Colonel of the Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force (The Rifles) from 2016-2020.

David is married with two grown-up daughters and lives in Abingdon. He continues to indulge his passion for rock climbing and mountain biking, in the UK and in select overseas locations, and maintains a strong interest in military history, political biography and geopolitics.

Marie-Jane Barnett 

Chairman of the Friends of SOFO

Marie-Jane is the chairman of the friends and praetorians. She is responsible for organising our most successful events including lunches and parties, just as you would expect from the Lady of Towersey manor. She was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2010 and has a passion for jazz music as well as being a talented jazz singer herself.

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