Around 90 members and invited guests attended the Annual Association Meeting of Lowland RFCA, which took place at City of Edinburgh University Officers’ Training Corps’ headquarters in Colinton, Edinburgh on Thursday 21 March 2019.
Lowland RFCA’s annual report was published, and the association heard from the Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, who provided a fascinating overview of the Armed Forces’ recruitment, retention and people development strategy. He reminded the audience that armed forces personnel come willing to learn and ready to be trained, and that 90% of service men and women feel they grow through their involvement with the armed forces. For this “growth generation”, the longer they stay in the forces the more they feel they develop.
Earlier in the day Lt Gen Nugee visited HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier at Rosyth, and co-signed the Armed Forces Covenant with Arnold Clark Group – Europe’s largest independent car dealer.
The meeting also heard from Edinburgh Napier University Professor Alyson Tobin (Vice Principal Learning and Teaching) on academic research to better support Defence people, as well as service updates from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in Scotland.
The Annual Meeting saw Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, step down as President of Lowland RFCA. He is succeeded as President by Michael Williams MBE, Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian.
Lowland RFCA Chairman, Capt Andrew Cowan RNR, said:
“In my first year as Chairman I have been very impressed with the unstinting efforts of Lowland RFCA to get the most from modest budgets and add value in all that we do.
“This year’s report is different to previous years – as well as outlining our role in enabling and supporting the Reserve Forces and Cadet organisations across the Lowlands of Scotland, we also want to demonstrate the impact of our work on the individuals, units and employers we support, and to tell their stories.