There is a dedicated and passionate team behind the Trust, many of whom are friends and family of Dougie. The concern he had for the welfare of his men whilst in Afghanistan is the founding principle upon which the Trust has been built and it continues to inspire all those involved.
We are smaller than most military charities and therefore feel that we complement the larger charities because there is a very personal nature to how we operate. The Trust is comprised of twelve Trustees, and a number of sub-committee members, all of whom had their own individual, memorable relationships with Dougie. The Trust's small, unique structure of family and friends lends it a singularly personal attitude to fundraising and fund administration. We have a very hands-on approach and are a dedicated team who monitor each project with which we get involved. We are proud that this gives us the opportunity to do much more than simply hand over a cheque.
Dougie's foremost concern was always the safe return of his men and we strive to carry out our work in the way in which he would have wanted. We are passionate about continuing Dougie’s duty of care to his men and are committed to continuing this legacy in his name. We hope to be a place to turn to for those adversely affected by war, for however many years they need us.
The Trustees are:
James Broderick (Chairman)
James took over Chairmanship of the Trust from Matthew Burrows in 2017. He is a National Business Development Manager at Grant Thornton UK LLP, responsible for one of their Investment Sector's Business Support Services. Prior to joining Grant Thornton UK LLP he had many years of experience in the Venture Capitalist and Start up world. James graduated from the University of the West of England with a B.A. Honors degree in History and attended Wellington College where he still has a very active role within the Old Wellingtonian Society. James is currently based in London and in his spare time enjoys playing golf and cricket.
Anthony Dalzell (Treasurer)
Anthony Dalzell is a director of an international ship owning company. He has worked in the marine industry for over 30 years. He lives in the UK and is Dougie Dalzell's father.
Gordon MacGregor (Distribution Committee Chair)
Gordon MacGregor joined DDMT on the Distribution Committee in late 2015 before assuming the role of Chairman in July 2016, just as his regular service in the Army drew to a close. Gordon served 9 years in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, deploying on tours of Afghanistan in 2008 and 2014. Since leaving the military he has worked at Goldman Sachs and more recently with BP's Integrated Supply and Trading business. ordon and Dougie were young officers together meeting at Sandhurst where they trained in the same platoon, forming a close friendship whilst enduring the odditites of Sandhurst life.
Matthew read Russian at the University of Bristol before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2007. He served as an officer in the Coldstream Guards for four years and was a Platoon Commander on their operational tour in Afghanistan in 2009/10 before leaving the Army. He now works in the City in Investment Management.
Andy works in finance and is a qualified corporate solicitor. He was a school friend of Dougie's and the first Chairman of the Trust, seeing it through from its launch to the conclusion of the very successful initial three years. Andy graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Social and Economic History. Away from the office he enjoys most sports, and most recently took on the 100 km Nightrider for DDMT.
Olivia is Dougie's sister. She specialised in UAE employment law after qualifying as a solicitor and moving out to Dubai. She now lives in Berkshire, is married to Simon Ingham and has two small children. Olivia sits on the Distribution Committee.
Robbie Donaldson, Honorary Founding Trustee: Retired 2018
Robbie Donaldson was Chair of the Trust's Distribution Committee until July 2016, when he handed over to Gordon MacGregor, a fellow Sandhurst platoon member with Dougie. He became a Project Manager in the Wind Energy industry when he left the Armed Forces in 2012. He was at school and university with Dougie and joined the Army with him. During his 6 years in the Forces, Robbie served with The Highlanders, 4th Batallion Royal Regiment of Scotland which included Operational Tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Trust reluctantly accepted Robbie's decision to resign following his move to Canada with the family in 2017.
Aurore Ankarcrona Ogden
Aurore is Art Events Manager at The Arts Club in Mayfair. Prior to this she worked for Hiltzik and in broadcast journalism at CNN on the New York Breaking News Desk where she produced items for CNN’s domestic daily shows, as well as interviewing and writing for CNN.com. Aurore graduated from University College London with a B.A. Honors degree in History of Art and a minor in Anthropology. Born and raised in London, she speaks fluent Swedish and Spanish and was excited to move back to England from America in early 2014.
Jo is a proud Army daughter and spent much of her life living on Army barracks and playing on assault courses. Jo has been involved in other military charities and is very proud to be on the DDMT. She was a friend of Dougie's and is particularly honoured to help organise one of the highlights of the DDMT calendar - the annual carol service. Having studied Art History at Bristol, Jo has worked in politics for seven years. Away from work Jo loves cycling, travelling, arts and crafts and hanging out with all her wonderful friends and family. Jo's father, General Lord Richards of Herstmonceaux GCB CBE DSO, is Patron of The Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust.
Joe was Treasurer for the DDMT for its first three years. He is also co-organiser of the annual Carol Service. He currently works in finance for BlackRock, as Chief of Staff for the iShares business. Prior to that he worked for Goldman Sachs for 6 years.
Joe formed a close friendship with Dougie whilst at Leeds University, studying Economics and Philosophy. Their respective courses left them much time to hone their golfing skills.
Angus Dalzell is currently working in venture capital business in London. Prior to this he worked for Pictet Asset Management and North Sea Asset Management. Angus graduated from the University of Leeds in Business Management. He has also completed the Investment Management Certificate Level 4. Angus is Dougie's brother.
Tricia Morris - Trust Secretary
Tricia is a proud Army wife who was involved with a number of Army and regimental charities while her husband was serving in Germany, the UK and the States. Her family first met the Dalzells in the early 90s on an annual family holiday in the West Country. Later Dougie and Henry were contemporaries and friends at Radley. Tricia gave up her career in the law when she moved to Somerset and is delighted to have been invited to look after the administration of DDMT and the wonderful work it does to support servicemen and their families affected by conflict.
Geoffrey Vero: Honorary Founding Trustee 2011- 2019
It is with great sadness that the Trust announces the death of Founding Trustee, Geoffrey Vero FCA in May 2019. Geoffrey qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the Financial Services market, especially Private Equity, for over 30 years. He was a non Executive Chairman and Director of a range of plc companies. Married with three children, one of whom was a close friend of Dougie, he was also actively involved in Golf Governance and local politics.
Geoffrey's wise counsel, unfailing good sense, honesty and integrity made him the most valuable of Trustees. His sound advice delivered seriously but with a lightness of touch will be greatly missed. Everyone at DDMT sends deepest sympathy to his wife Frankie and their children; not least Dougie's friend Jules who has been such a solid supporter of the Trust from the start.
We would love to hear from you if you know of any soldier (whether current or past), family member or any project that might benefit from our help.