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Our governance

The British Red Cross is governed by a board of trustees. Their purpose is to ensure that as an organisation we are effective in working towards achieving our vision, using our resources to maximum effect and upholding our core ethos and values.

The board’s role and functions are laid out in the Society's Royal Charter, supplemented by Standing Orders which set out our rules of governance. The board meets at least five times a year.

The executive leadership team is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation. It meets once a month.


Her Majesty The Queen

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM

Deputy Presidents
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE CD JP DL

Honorary vice-presidents
Lord Barnard TD
The Rt Hon Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
Sylvia, Countess of Limerick CBE
Professor John McClure OBE
Mrs Elspeth Thomas CBE DL

Mr Anthony Andrews
Ms Angela Rippon OBE
Mrs Maria Shammas MBE

2014 board members (two absent)

Our trustees

We are governed by a board of trustees, which consists of eight elected trustees and up to six co-opted trustees. Find out more about them.

Flags showing the red cross and red crescent

Our executive leadership team

Meet the team responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.