CEO: Lee Holloway
Lee joined the OA as Chief Executive in August 2013 after service in the Royal Navy and working in the private sector. He joined HMS Ganges in 1973 at the age of 15 as a Junior Seaman and saw active service in Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Gulf, and the Falklands conflict in HMS Broadsword, before being commissioned in 1986.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1991 with a final appointment as Staff Operations Officer to the Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland in Faslane.
Leaving the Royal Navy in 1993, he worked in the financial services sector before moving to the Defence and Security industry; from 2006 he was Head of International Business Development within RUAG Electronics, based in Zurich.
Head of Finance: Jo Killip
Jo served as an Army Officer for over 16 years. She was employed as a Management Accountant subject matter expert in the Army’s Senior Headquarters for seven years. She was responsible for scoping, allocating and scrutinising projects and programmes, as well as team building and succession planning. In addition to applying technical expertise, her roles and responsibilities always included the leadership, mentoring, management and administration of people.
She has a BA (Hons) in accounting and finance and was awarded a ‘distinction’ for her MSc in charity accounting at the Cass Business School. She is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant. Her particular areas of interest in the charity sector are finance, philanthropy and grant making.
During and following her post-graduate studies in charity accounting, she has provided technical and managerial advice to a several charities.
Head of Benevolence: Nigel Hare
The Benevolence Department helps former officers and dependants who need support by providing monetary grants and/or advice on a range of topics including care, housing and benefits. Nigel heads a team of full-time staff based in London and a network of volunteers around the UK and abroad who liaise with beneficiaries. He also works closely with other charities, both military and civilian, to form partnerships and work collaboratively to help individuals.
Nigel spent 34 years in the Royal Navy and left having last served as Queen’s Harbour Master in Portsmouth. He then joined Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, as the Head of Maritime Professional Development, and ran a department of over 60 people delivering world-renowned maritime training. He has chosen to work in the military charity sector because he wants to contribute to the ex-Service Community.
Head of Employment Services: Liz Stevens
Liz leads the Employment Department and has been responsible for developing and implementing the OA’s new employment strategy. This has included developing its regional presence across the UK and introducing new services for both job seekers and employers as well as realigning existing services into three distinct areas: OA Appointments, OA Connect and OA Insight. She also leads on Business Development activities with a particular focus on employer relationships and programme development.
She joined the OA in November 2013 having had a career in the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer which included time at sea in HMS Brilliant and HMS Endurance; subsequently setting up her own online business before working as a change management consultant in the charity sector.