Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was once again a success, with over 100 guests attending the event held at King’s College, Taunton. The guests had the opportunity to hear the latest Cadet and Reservist developments from across the region.
The event, which took place on 16th April 2015, included speeches from Wessex RFCA Chairman Colonel Oliver Chamberlain QVRM TD* DL, as well as 1 (Artillery) Brigade Commander, Brigadier Jez Bennett OBE.
Outgoing President of Wessex RFCA, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton, opened the AGM with a summary of the continuing changes to the Reservist environment, and with praise for the ongoing efforts of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. For the upcoming year, the President of Wessex RFCA will be the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter.
A number of other changes were announced at this year’s AGM, with the new Lord Lieutenant of Somerset announced as Mrs Anne Maw, and the new Lord Lieutenant of Devon was announced as being Mr David Fursden. Both will take up roles as Vice-Presidents of Wessex RFCA.
It was also announced that the existing Chief Executive of Wessex RFCA, Brigadier Tony Dalby-Welsh will be retiring in September, and will be replaced by Brigadier Steve Hodder.
Brigadier Jez Bennett OBE finished the event by saying; “The RFCA membership have a better understanding than anybody of what it is the Armed Forces do, and I ask that you use that understanding to shift sympathies into empathy, and from empathy into advocacy, so that we are able to spot earlier than we currently do the threats and opportunities that exist, in order to help us seize and make the most of them”.