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Beating Retreat Charity Event Chatsworth

To celebrate the year the RISK team attended the 75th Anniversary of ABF The Soldiers' Charity event, with General The Lord Dannatt attending as guest of honour.

A host of celebrities, a great cause and a fantastic evening

In addition to General The Lord Dannatt, there were several other famous faces including Mary Berry, the food writer and television presenter and Alan Titchmarsh the TV gardener, broadcaster, poet, and novelist.  Alan took time out to say hello to the RISK ladies. Hosted with the kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Beating Retreat was performed in the Grand Ring by the Yorkshire Military Band. 

“It’s a great opportunity to combine time to celebrating success with raising funds for a worthy cause. It also provides the team with a clearer understanding of how ex-service personnel think – which no doubt helps when we are advising them on ELCAS Courses.”

Mike Adams Managing Director, RISK & Safety Management Services

Inspiring talk by General The Lord Dannatt

Speaking from a vantage point of a forty-year military career that started as an infantryman and ended in senior military office. His perspective takes in a broad sweep in the year which marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 culminating in victory in Europe and Japan in 1945. Famous for openly criticising the government’s handling of its wars in the Middle East when he was still the head of the British Army in 2006, General The Lord Dannatt explained his experiences as a 'Boots on the Ground' soldier. He also presented signed copies of “Boots on the Ground” his second book which is on sale at the Cambridge Union. Proceeds and funds raised will be donated to the Royal Anglian Benevolent Charity.


General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL

General The Lord Richard Dannatt was commissioned into The Green Howards in 1971 and awarded the Military Cross in Northern Ireland aged 22. He has served seven tours of duty with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland and also with the UN in Cyprus and for many years in Germany before he commanded the Battalion in the Air mobile role from 1989 to 1991. He then took command of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in January 1999, and also served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces. In 2000, he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the NATO Stabilisation Force. Following this, he became Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command and took up the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in 2006.

He was made a CBE in 1996, awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1999, was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2005, and a Knight Grand Cross of the order in the Bath in 2009. He was, from 2009 to 2016, the 159th Constable of the Tower of London.


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