AFF says goodbye to valued Chair of Trustees

Julia Warren

Julia Warren is stepping down as the Chair of Trustees of the Army Families Federation, after four years in the role. 

During Julia’s tenure, she has guided AFF through an increasingly complicated service charity landscape. She has ensured that it has grown ever more professional in its outlook and governance, while remaining firmly focused on its core aim of being the voice of Army families – wherever they live, and whatever their family circumstances.

Among her key achievements was to lead AFF to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – an important step to ensure its status as an independent charity, which has been underpinned by business improvement processes. 

She was a key supporter AFF’s initiative to set up the Forces Families Jobs employment and training platform for Service families, and of the expansion of the specialist team providing professionally-qualified immigration advice. 

During her time at AFF, the number and range of enquiries that the team has dealt with has grown steadily, as has the ability of the charity to effect change for Army families.   

Julia said: “I am proud to have been Chair of the Board and I have been impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by the AFF team and the positive impact their work has on Army families.”

Chief Executive Collette Musgrave said: “I would like to convey my sincere thanks to Julia for her valued advice and guidance during her time as Chair of the Board. I look forward to working with her successor to build on the achievements of the last four years.”

AFF welcomes a new Chair of Trustees

Heather Key

AFF has welcomed a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Heather Key. Heather has succeeded Julia Warren, who has stepped down after four years in the position and six years as a Trustee. 

Heather Key has been a Trustee of AFF since September 2018. Heather said: “I, and the other Trustees, are looking forward to supporting AFF in the next stage of its journey. We are committed to supporting the AFF team in their aim of providing the best possible advice and guidance to Army families. This has been a turbulent year, and there is significant change to come for the Army – we’ll be doing all we can to ensure that AFF is here to help.”

Both Heather and the other Trustees will continue to ensure that AFF succeeds in its core business as the independent voice of Army families and in their legal responsibility for the overall management, decision-making and performance of the charity. 


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