David Richardson appointed Trustee for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

15 June 2017

Press Release

David Richardson appointed Trustee for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre 

Lloyds Banking Group Regional Managing Director for the Midlands, David Richardson, has joined the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) programme as a trustee.

Bringing more than 30 years of experience and a wealth of Midlands knowledge to the programme, David will play an important role in moving the DNRC towards completion and helping it to achieve its full potential.

The DNRC is under construction at the Stanford Hall Estate near Loughborough with the Defence facility due to be handed over to the MoD in summer 2018.  The opportunity for a complementary National facility on the same site – focused on excellence in clinical rehabilitation for civilians in the same way that the Defence facility will care for members of the Armed Forces – is currently being explored and a decision is expected from Government later this year.

As a trustee, David will focus on widening awareness of the DNRC across the Midlands region, helping to raise the c. £40m required to complete the build of the Defence facility which is a charitable endeavour and was the brainchild of the late sixth Duke of Westminster who died in 2016. To date, the charity has raised c. £260m of its £300m target through a major donor campaign and via contributions from the public.

David will also use his considerable skills and contacts to broaden understanding of the value that the complementary National facility would provide, helping that opportunity to be grasped.

David Richardson said: “I know many people who have been affected directly by the injuries that the DNRC will treat and I can see its huge potential, for our Armed Forces and for the Nation as a whole. I’m looking to use my knowledge, experience and skills – developed over a career of more than 30 years working in the Midlands – to bring something extra to this remarkable initiative.  The DNRC will add to a cluster of world-leading medical expertise here in the Midlands and I want to play my part to make sure that it succeeds in every possible way.”

In addition to his senior role at Lloyds Banking Group, David is also Regional Chairman for Business in the Community in the West Midlands.

David was invited to join the Board of Trustees for the charity which is making the DNRC happen (The Black Stork Charity) by Chair of Trustees Peter Doyle.

Peter Doyle, Head of the Family Investment Office, Grosvenor Estate, said: “David brings tremendous calibre to our Board of Trustees and will be a valuable addition to our team.  We are at a critical point in delivering the Defence facility for handover to the MoD next year while working to realise the full potential of the National facility for which we have outline planning permission and a robust business case.  David will have an important role to play and we are delighted he is offering his impressive skills to the DNRC programme.”

David was born and brought up in Nottinghamshire (where the DNRC is located) and now lives on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border.


For full information on the DNRC, visit www.thednrc.org.uk

To understand more about the opportunities for the National facility, visit https://www.thednrc.org.uk/whats-happening-on-now/we-are-exploring-the-opportunities-for-the-nation.aspx

The Defence facility is under construction and will be handed over to the MoD in summer 2018 and will be operating in the autumn.  The cost for the constructing the new 21st century successor to Headley Court in Surrey is being met via charitable donations.  The MoD will pay the running costs.

The complementary National facility – for which outline planning permission has been secured and a site made available close by the Defence facility – would be funded and operated separately (ie The Black Stork Charity is putting in the site with outline planning permission in place but will not be capitalising the build).  See more detail on the website.

Media contact:

Ben Copithorne / Emily Barnes at Camargue on dnrc@camargue.uk / 020 7636 7366

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Contacts for further information:

Ben Copithorne or Emily Barnes at Camargue on 020 7636 7366 or dnrc@camargue.uk