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The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust announces its new Chief Executive

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Dollner as the charity’s Chief Executive. Debbie brings broad experience across the wider charities sector, having most recently served as Director of Health and Wellbeing at Morden College, a prestigious City-backed Almshouse Charity specialising in residential, domiciliary care and support for older people; prior to that Debbie was Chief Operating Officer at Guild Care, a Worthing based social care charity providing care homes, day services, respite care and home care for older people, respite support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Debbie Dollner said:

 “’It is an honour to have been asked to join the RNBT family. With such a proud and important history I am delighted to be working alongside the remarkable people that touch the lives of those supported by the RNBT. Knowing the difference the Trust makes to those most in need, I am looking forward to continuing the charity’s incredible work. I would like to thank the trustees and staff for this very special opportunity.”

Russell Best, Chair of Trustees said:

 “Following a robust recruitment programme, we are pleased to announce we will welcome our new Chief Executive this April. We look forward to her arrival and welcome her onboard as we embark on the exciting next phase of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s journey. As we expand our Care and Benevolence offerings to Royal Navy and Royal Marines, serving and former serving and their families and dependants, I am sure that Debbie has the right combination of talent, experience and innovative thinking to lead us forward.”

The appointment of Debbie Dollner follows the news that the current Chief Executive, Rob Bosshardt, is retiring after seven years with the Trust.

On the announcement of his departure. Rob Bosshardt said:

‘It has been my great privilege to have led RNBT as Chief Executive over the last seven years.  I have been brilliantly supported by staff at Castaway House, Pembroke House and Admiral Jellicoe House, as well as working with superb trustees and volunteers.  RNBT is a really special organisation in which helping our people is always at the heart of all that we do.  We have made so many advances including delivering Admiral Jellicoe House as our centenary care home project and developing our benevolence processes, which withstood the sternest of tests during the pandemic.  I am retiring with a sense of pride in our achievements and very fond memories.  I wish Debbie all the success in the world as she leads The RNBT to the next phase of its development as the major naval benevolence delivery charity.’

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