Governance

Open for visitors!

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day.  We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.

Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial.  The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

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Governance of the National Memorial Arboretum

 

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion, but operates with a separate Board of Trustees and independent charity status (No 1043992).

The Board of Trustees is legally responsible for the governance of the charity and oversees the delivery of the organisational strategy.

Our Trustees
Lt Col David Whimpenny (Chairman)
Gary Ryan (Director of Remembrance and Marketing at The Royal British Legion)
Maj Gen Andrew Farquhar CBE
Lynda Atkins
Jason Coward
Kate Davies

 

Landscape and Memorials Committee

The Board and Managing Director are supported by a specialist Landscape and Memorials Advisory Committee whose members bring specialist experience to support the development of the Arboretum.

Managing Director Philippa Rawlinson

Meet Our Managing Director - Philippa Rawlinson

Supported by a senior management team, Philippa leads the strategic development and operation of the National Memorial Arboretum. Philippa joined the Arboretum in August 2019 with almost 20 years' experience in the heritage and attractions sector, with previous senior positions at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The National Trust. She is a board member of the local destination partnership, Enjoy Staffordshire, and holds a Masters Degree in Natural Sciences and the Conservation of Historic Buildings.

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