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.
Operations Director: Nigel Hare
As Operations Director for the OA, Nigel leads the Employment and Benevolence Teams. With staff based in London, Bristol and York and a network of volunteers around the UK and abroad, the teams support the officer community wherever they are based. He works closely with military and civilian charities and a wide variety of employers to form partnerships to help extend OA support in order to reach serving, former and retired officers.
Nigel served 34 years in the Royal Navy with his last post being Queen’s Harbour Master in Portsmouth. He then joined Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, as the Head of Maritime Professional Development, delivering world-renowned maritime training.
More recently, Nigel has spent two years as the Head of Benevolence at the OA before becoming Operations Director. He is proud to contribute to the military charity sector and feels privileged to support the Armed forces community he belongs to.
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 several charities.