Officers’ Association Appoints New Benevolence Head

The Officers’ Association (OA) has appointed Nigel Hare MA, MRIN to take over from Evelyn Strouts as the charity’s Head of Benevolence…

Nigel has over thirty years of management and leadership experience in the Royal Navy in various roles, including command at sea and as Queen’s Harbour Master in Portsmouth. More recently, he has been Head of Maritime Professional Development at Warsash Maritime Academy.

Nigel says of his new appointment: “I am delighted to be working for the OA and supporting the great work they do in helping officers transition from the armed forces into civilian life and in looking after retired officers and their dependants who may need our assistance. Having personally used the OA’s services in the past, I am acutely aware how valuable their work is.”

Evelyn Strouts is retiring after seven years with the charity, and says of Nigel’s appointment: “I am pleased to be handing over the reins to Nigel on my retirement. I have no doubt that Nigel will continue to develop the work we have done within the OA Benevolence Department in the last few years.”

“We have recently introduced the Independence Star tool for our honorary representatives to give a more holistic view of our individual beneficiaries’ needs. We have also teamed up with other charities to launch a telephone befriending service to help combat the growing problem of loneliness amongst our beneficiaries.”

Lee Holloway, CEO at the Officers’ Association, says of Nigel’s appointment: “We are sad to be saying goodbye to Evelyn after seven years at the OA. However, Nigel’s experience and personal qualities provide him with a thorough understanding of the needs of the beneficiaries and the department. We feel Nigel is very well placed to take forward the benevolence work that Evelyn and her team have established.”