The Royal Hospital was established by Letters Patent by King Charles II.

Since 1702 it has been governed by a Board of Commissioners whose composition and powers are set out in the Letters Patent . The purpose of the Board is to guide the development of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, ensuring the care and well-being of the Chelsea Pensioners who live here and safeguarding the historic buildings and grounds, which it owns in trust.

Currently the Board has eighteen members, some of whom are appointed ex-officio (such as the Paymaster General and the Governor). Up to ten of the Commissioners are specially appointed, for a three year term, by the Crown. The Letters Patent require Commissioners to be distinguished in their field. They are selected because of their management experience and the skills gained in senior positions in the professions, business or commerce that they are able to contribute to the Board.

From time to time vacancies arise for new specially appointed Commissioners. Commissioners will have demonstrated a career of high achievement in the public and/or private sectors in fields relevant to the management of the Royal Hospital. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Commissioner should write to the HR Director of the Royal Hospital with a brief explanation of their relevant qualifications and CV.

Officers and Commissioners

Ex-officio Commissioners 

HM Paymaster General 
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans
Governor, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Director Resources & Command Secretary (Army)
Director General Army Medical Services
Assistant Chief of the General Staff

Specially Appointed Commissioners

Stuart Corbyn Esq
Justin Fenwick Esq QC (Deputy Chairman)
Professor the Lord Kakkar
David Rosier Esq
Mrs Angela Gillibrand
Dame Barbara Monroe DBE
Mark Gallagher Esq
Charles Lewington Esq OBE
Ms Jo Cleary
Dr Roger Bowdler

Senior Staff and Departmental Heads

The Governor: General Sir Redmond Watt KCB KCVO CBE DL
Chief Executive Officer: Gary Lashko
Physician & Surgeon: Doctor Fergus Keating MBBS MRCGP
Director of Health and Wellbeing: Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE
Quartermaster and Director of Facilities: Lt Col Andy Hickling MBE
Chaplain: The Reverend Steven Brookes
Human Resources Director: Celia Kowalkowski
Finance Director: Nick Cattermole  

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