Cross-Party Group Annual Report.

09.11.15

Cross Party Group for the Armed Forces and Cadets

1.    Group membership and office holders.

Chair: Darren Millar AM

Other Assembly Members who attend included Byron Davies AM (pre 2015 General election), Angela Burns, Lindsay Whittle AM and Mark Isherwood AM

Secretary: Mia Rees, PA to Darren Millar at the National Assembly

Other external members and the organisation(s) they represent:

 

Commodore Jamie Miller CBE, Naval Regional Commander of Wales and Western England

Crd Tom Herman

Lt Col Jim Mclaren OBE RM, Chief of Staff, NRHQ (WWE)

Royal Navy

Air Cdre Adrian Williams

Royal Air Force

Brigadier Gamble

Assistant Commander – Colonel Kevin Davies MBE RRC TD

Deputy Commander - Lieutenant Colonel Lance Patterson

160 (Wales) Brigade

Phil Jones

Peter Evans

Royal British Legion

Chris Downward

Veterans Agency and Pensions Committee and SAFA

Clive Wolfendale

 

Chief Executive of CAIS 

Geraint Jones

CAIS

Stephen Hughes

RFCA for Wales

Dr Neil Kitchener

 

Veterans NHS Wales

Trevor Edwards CMgr, Director Operations

Lisa Leece, Service delivery manager

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Col N R Beard TD DL

Chief Executive, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Wales

John Skipper

 

Veterans Community Health Council lead

 


 

2.    Previous Group Meetings since the last AGM.

Meeting  1.

Meeting date: Tuesday 7th October 2014, 12.15pm – 1.15pm

Attendees:              

Darren Millar AM

National Assembly

Commodore Jamie Miller CBE, Naval Regional Commander of Wales and Western England

Royal Navy

Air Cdre Adrian Williams

Royal Air Force

Assistant Commander – Colonel Kevin Davies MBE RRC TD

160 (Wales) Brigade

Phil Jones

Royal British Legion

Chris Downward

Veterans Agency and Pensions Committee and SAFA

Clive Wolfendale

 

Chief Executive of CAIS  

Geraint Jones

CAIS

Stephen Hughes

RFCA for Wales

Dr Neil Kitchener

 

Veterans NHS Wales

Trevor Edwards CMgr

 

Director Operations at the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Lisa Leece

Service delivery manager DMWS

Mark Isherwood

National Assembly

Byron Davies AM

National Assembly

Mia Rees

PA to Darren Millar and CPG Secretary

 

Summary of issues discussed:

Talks:

·         'Change Step Programme' - Clive Wolfendale Chief Executive of CAIS  

·         Update from Dr Neil Kitchener - “How we are using recent funding to tackle waiting lists in Veterans NHS Wales”

·         Trevor Edwards CMgr, Director Operations at the Defence Medical Welfare Service

 

Discussions:

·         Phil Jones from the Royal British Legion – Quick update on the new Cardiff and Wrexham Pop-in facilities

·         Discussion on the Scottish Veterans Commissioner

 

See Minutes for full details

 

Meeting  2.

 

Meeting date: Wednesday 29th April 2015 12.15pm – 1.15pm

 

Attendees:              

Brigadier Gamble will be represented by Colonel Lance Patterson.

Commodore Jamie Miller, Naval Regional Commander, Wales and Western England

Air Commodore, Adrian Williams

Dick Allen, Gp Capt, Rgnl Comdt (Air Force)

Byron Davies AM

John Skipper - CHC lead for Armed Forces

Dr. Neil J. Kitchiner - Veterans' NHS Wales (attending with student Nurse Rhian)

Phil Jones – RBL

Mike Simpson - Regional Manager (South) - DMWS(Defence Medical Welfare Service)

Lisa Leece - Acting Regional Manager (North) - DMWS (Defence Medical Welfare Service)
Lt Col S M M Hughes - Deputy Chief Executive - Reserve forces and Cadets’ Association for Wales

 

Summary of issues discussed:

·         Chairs welcome and Introduction

o   Introduce the speakers and mention the briefing on the report by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner

·         Cadets in Wales

o   Stephen Hughes from the Reserve forces and Cadets’ Association for Wales

·         Armed Forces Covenant

o   John Skipper: There are lots of meetings, forum and groups that have developed – time is ripe to make sure they are achieving what we want them to do. We don’t want to run out of steam and waste scarce energy, resources and the enormous good will that exists.

o   Dr Neil Kitchiner: Brief update on where NHS Veterans Wales is regarding service and capacity

·         Issues from Mark Isherwood’s constituent

 

See Minutes for full details

 

 

Meeting  3.

 

Meeting date: Wednesday 14th October 2015 - 12.15-13.15pm        

Attendees:              

Darren Millar AM

Chair, AM for Clwyd West

Mia Rees

Secretary

Colonel Lance Patterson

Colonel L Patterson, Deputy Commander, 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

Lt Col Jim Mclaren

Lt Col Jim McLaren OBE RM, Chief of Staff, NRHQ (WWE)

Barbra McGregor

NRHQ (WWE)

Air Commodore Adrian Williams Air Officer Wales - RAF

RAF Wales

Col N R Beard TD DL

Chief Executive, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Wales

Jo Dover

 

Service Delivery Manager & Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Wales & South West England, Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

 

Summary of issues discussed:

·         Chairs welcome and apologies

o   Introduce the speakers and draw the Group’s attention to the briefing providing an update on cadet forces in Wales from the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Wales.

·         Presentation by Professor F D Rose Coordinator at Universities in Support of Wounded Injured and Sick Service Personnel (UNSWIS)

·         Update from Colonel L Patterson, Deputy Commander,  160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales

o   First anniversary update on the forces transformation to an Adaptive Force Deployable Brigade

·         Film Trailer and information Community Covenant Outreach Film Project by Mark Axler, Director and Community Covenant Outreach Film Project Lead

·         Discussion: Military visits to schools

·         Feedback from the Assembly debate

·         AMG Business:

·         Re-election of Chair

·         Re-election of Secretary

 

 

See Minutes for full details

 

  1. Professional lobbyists, voluntary organisations and charities with whom the Group has met during the preceding year.

 

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion / Y Lleng Brydeinig Brenhinol
18/19 High Street / Y Stryd Fawr
Cardiff/ Caerdydd
CF10 1PT

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/the-legion-near-you/legion-in-wales

 

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The Old Stables

Redenham Park

Redenham

Nr Andover

SP11 9AQ

www.dmws.org.uk

 

CAIS Drug and alcohol treatment

CAIS

12 Trinity Square

Llandudno

LL30 2RA

http://www.cais.co.uk/

 

Universities in Support of Wounded Injured and Sick Service Personnel (UNSWIS)

David Rose F.D.Rose@uel.ac.uk

 

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Wales (RFCAW)

Maindy Barracks

Barics Maindy

Cardiff

CF14 3YE

www.wales-rfca.org

SSAFA

https://www.ssafa.org.uk/


Annual Financial Statement.

09.11.2015

Cross Party Group for the Armed Forces and Cadets

There are no expenses for this CPG

Group’s Expenses.

 

None.

£0.00

Costs of all goods.

 

No goods purchased.

£0.00

Benefits received by the group or individual Members from outside bodies.

 

No benefits received.

£0.00

Any secretariat or other support.

 

No financial support received.

£0.00

Services provided to the Group such as hospitality.

 

All refreshments paid for by [include name of group/organisation].

 

Date

Description and name of provider

 

Cost

 

 

£0.00

Total cost

 

£0.00