Board of Trustees
Air Commodore (rtd) Ian Elliott OBE BSc RAF, Chairman of Trustees
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.
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.
Julian Browne MBE
Julian Browne is a Senior Advisor/Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group focused on Aerospace, Defence and Government Industries. He is based in their London office.
Mr. Browne followed an early career in the British Army, commanding an Armoured Brigade in the rank of Brigadier, with one in industry. Initially, with Westland Helicopters, he led their successful Apache bid for the £2.5bn UK MoD Attack Helicopter programme. In the following 10 months, he put in place the Apache offset programme involving 181 contracts into British aerospace companies from the US-based supply chain. His subsequent business career included executive Directorships on the Boards of Racal Defence Electronics Ltd, Racal-Thompson Networks Ltd and Thales International SA before joining The Carlyle Group as a Senior Advisor in December 2001.
Since joining Carlyle, Mr. Browne has served as Deputy Chairman of NP Aerospace Ltd and Exensor Technology Ltd as well as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Gardner Aerospace Ltd, Lifesaver Ltd, Morgan Crucible (Composites & Defence) Ltd, and Clarion Defence Ltd.
Current commitments include Deputy Chairman Exensor Technology Ltd, Senior Advisor to the Board of DSM Ltd, BluewayOneway Ltd, Newton Europe and the Advisory Board of Renaissance Strategic Advisors LLP.
Mr. Browne holds a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College, Dublin University and attended the United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff College during his military service. In 1980, he was appointed as MBE for work in connection with UK/US special operations. He is married with 3 daughters with interests in field sports, National Hunt racing and membership of the MCC.