Chief Executive Hands Over

18 Dec 2013

Lietenant Colonel Ian Ballantyne has retired as Chief Executive of Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) after a tenure of 16 years. Last week he handed the reins over to the new Chief Executive, Phil Cox (pictured, left)

A former fighter controller, Group Captain Cox spent 32 years in the Royal Air Force serving in a number of operational theatres including the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Before retiring in 2012 his final tour of duty was within the Office of Cyber Security in the Cabinet Office. He then took up a Non Executive Directorship with NHS Scotland along with the role of Communications Coordinator for the umbrella body Veterans Scotland.

Phil Cox said: “As someone who has been active in and passionate about veterans’ affairs for many years, I am delighted to take on this role with SVR. The people who make up this organisation have a real commitment to caring for ex-service personnel through existing facilities we operate in Edinburgh and Dundee with the new Glasgow operation opening next year.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the great work of my predecessor Ian Ballantyne who led SVR for the past 16 years. During that time he helped develop the charity, building on the great support it offers to the men and women who have often risked their lives in serving our country’s armed forces."

Retiring CEO, Ian Ballantyne said: “It has been an immense pleasure to have worked with so many great people – both colleagues and the veterans we are here to support - over the past 16 years.

“While I’m very proud of the work we have done to help those who find themselves with nowhere else to go, we are all aware of the big challenges ahead. There are still too many veterans unable to get themselves into appropriate housing despite the sacrifices which many of them have made.

“Given his understanding of the military structure and his own involvement in veterans’ issues to date, Phil is ideally placed to move things forward for SVR. I wish him the best and offer my full support as he takes on his new role.”

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