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Farewell and Thank You: Reflecting on Five Years of Leadership Under Departing Chairman

The Staple Hill & District branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) announces with mixed emotions the departure of its Chairman, Ian Campbell, who has decided to step down after a five-year tenure. Ian's announcement comes after successfully revitalising the branch, leading it through a period of growth and increased community engagement.

Ian Campbell, Chairman of the Staple Hill and District Branch 2019-2024
Ian Campbell, Chairman of the Staple Hill and District Branch 2019-2024

In 2019, the Staple Hill & District branch faced the daunting prospect of closure, but under Ian's leadership, the branch not only survived but thrived. With a deep commitment to the principles of the Royal British Legion, Ian worked tirelessly with his committee to rebuild the branch, breathing new life into its activities and increasing membership substantially.

Since that time, the almost century old branch has seen a remarkable resurgence in community support and participation. Through innovative programs and events, he successfully brought together veterans, their families, and the wider community to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

At national level, the branch has also helped set RBL policy through submitting motions the the Annual Conference on several occasions with Ian speaking with branches and members from across the world.

Reflecting on his time as Chairman, Ian expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community and the Royal British Legion.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the Staple Hill & District branch. The journey has been challenging, but the support and commitment of my committee and members have been truly inspiring. I am proud of what we have achieved together, and I believe the branch is well-positioned for continued success under new leadership."
Scott Finnegan - the new branch Chairman
Scott Finnegan - the new branch Chairman with his committee

At the recent meeting of members at the Page Community Association, Scott Finnegan was elected unopposed to replace Ian. Scott's ties with the local Army Cadet Force and his previous role as branch Vice-Chairman make him ideal to take the branch into the next phase of growth for the branch.

''I hope to build on the strong foundation laid by Ian and to continue the vital work of honouring and supporting veterans in the local community. The branch extends its sincere thanks to Ian for his leadership, unwavering dedication, and transformative impact. ''

Scott is elected on a 3-year term and will steer the branch into its second century.

Below are some images of Ian's time in office.


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