Board of Trustees
Air Commodore (rtd) Ian Elliott OBE BSc RAF
Ian studied Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University before joining the RAF in 1982. After early tours flying VC10s in the air to air refuelling role (including Gulf War 1), he served at RAF Brize Norton as OC 101 Sqn in 1999 and led his Squadron in the Kosovo War for which he was awarded the OBE. He then commanded RAF Brize Norton, the RAF´s primary strategic air transport base from 2004-2006, and was appointed an Aide De Comps to Her Majesty the Queen. Promoted to Air Commodore, Ian served as the RAF’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategy & Policy before being appointed as the UK Air Attaché to Washington DC.
On retiring from the RAF in early 2011, Ian took up a post as Airbus Military´s Head of Defence Capability Marketing during which time he was based in Madrid. After 5 years in the defence industry, Ian retired from full-time employment and now lives in Cornwall with his wife, Sue. He has two daughters, and his hobbies include his beloved Triumph TR6, rugby, rock music and house restoration. Ian chairs the Polperro Promotion Group and is Chairman and CEO of the newly formed Polperro Community Interest Company, a not for profit organisation aimed at promoting and supporting a variety of local heritage and community-related projects and events.
Anna Baker Cresswell
Anna Baker Cresswell, a proud Northumbrian, has spent the last decade working in the military charity sector.
She brought Horticultural Therapy to the military in the UK when she started Gardening Leave in memory of her Mother in 2007, and has subsequently started another charity HighGround to build on the lessons of Gardening Leave by helping those who have served, to find jobs they like and enjoy in the outdoors, predominantly the land-based sector.
A brief flirtation reading Philosophy and History of Art at UCL was followed by years of working in racing and polo in Australia and the UK.
Anna studied Social & Therapeutic Horticulture at Coventry University before starting Gardening Leave in 2007.
She enjoys all aspects of rural life and is dedicated to establishing HighGround as the route to meaningful, peaceful lives for those who have served their Country.
Tony Groom is Chief Executive of K2 Business Partners a firm of turnaround investors and restructuring advisers.
Tony holds a European Certificate of Turnaround Practice and was recognised in 2011 as one of the 100 most influential people in the insolvency industry having previously been voted by his peers as “Turnaround Practitioner of the Year” at the UK Insolvency & Rescue Awards 2009.
Tony has been an investor and restructuring specialist for twenty four years, managing the strategic and financial restructuring of many companies including overseeing their cash management, operational reorganisation and business improvement initiatives. The scope of these engagements tend to focus on the transformation of a business by implementing fundamental change to its strategy. Before setting up K2 in 2001, he worked as a company doctor leading the restructuring of a number of companies as either Chairman, Chief Executive or Chief Restructuring Officer.
Tony currently sits on the board of several companies including K2 Partners, K2 Investment, Softtech Investments, Tricerion, ADC Services, Centre Locations, Viper Guard, Payco UK and Kickstart PR & Marketing. He is also advising on a number turnarounds including a Bulgarian systems intergrator, a Latvian industrial waste to ethanol processor, a UK firm of accountants, and a UK IT bank & financial services consultancy.
Tony chairs and presents at a number of debt restructuring, turnaround and asset management conferences in UK and Europe and has lectured extensively over the past 15 years on corporate recovery to lawyers, accountants and at several business schools.
After serving as a Captain in the British Army, Tony went to London Business School in 1989. He is also founder director and Past President of the Turnaround Management Association UK, a Fellow of the European Association of Certified Turnaround Practitioners and sits on its standards and accreditation committee.
Tim is an Executive Director at UBS, looking after ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices. He retired from the Life Guards in 2007 as a Captain, after 12 months of Ceremonial Duties, commissioning from RMA Sandhurst in 2002 and completing Operation Telic 4 in 2004. He is a lifelong countryman, coming from a farming background in Gloucestershire and married to Amanda, herself from a farming family. They and their daughter, Jemima, live in Leicestershire, only a stone’s throw from the new DNRC. Both are heavily involved with the Quorn Hunt and also run the shoot at home.
Georgina Brown served with the Royal Corps of Signals for five years during which time she went to Bosnia, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Portugal, Nepal, Norway and Austria. She represented the Corps at netball, cross-country running and athletics, and was a Tri-Service ski instructor. Since leaving the Army, Georgina has worked in a number of roles that have mostly been based in London, the first of which was at the Royal Institute of British Architects where she managed its major fundraising campaign in partnership with the V&A Museum. Her next venture was selling advertising space to the public sector throughout the UK – working with City and County Councils, and with the likes of the NHS and the police. She then moved into sales and marketing in the media sector before taking up her current role as CE of the Wax Chandlers’ Company where she is responsible for running the Company’s charities, finances, properties and memberships. Georgina lives near Wimbledon with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies are horse-riding, skiing, art and gardening which is why, along with her HM Forces background, she is so interested in and has great enthusiasm for HighGround.