General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL
General The Lord Dannatt was commissioned into The Green Howards in 1971 and served with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany and commanded the Battalion in the Airmobile role from 1989 to 1991. From 1994 to 1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade in Germany and Bosnia. He took command of 3rd (UK) Division in January 1999 and served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces.
In 2000 he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From 2001 to 2002 he was the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking command of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC).
In March 2005 he took over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command, and assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff (CGS) in August 2006. He retired from the Army in August 2009 to become Constable of the Tower of London.
He published his autobiography, Leading from the Front, in September 2010. General the Lord Dannatt became a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in July 2010 and in January 2011 he was appointed a Life Peer and sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Patron of Bridge for Heroes, Mark Allen is a double-amputee and one of the first injured soldiers to enter the motorsport world by racing with hand controls. Mark was serving with the Royal Anglian regiment in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was badly injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He has since undergone extensive rehabilitation treatment, including numerous skin grafts. However, proving that nothing can set him back, Mark has been involved in various indoor and outdoor adventure training courses including sky- and scuba-diving, skiing and most famously, motor sports.
Helen and Mike Taylor
Founders of the Charity
Mike served for almost 20 years, entering into the Household Cavalry & Royal Armoured Corps and consequently served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq. His experiences left him with some very prominent memories that prompted him to found The Bridge for Heroes to help and support Service Personnel and Veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and readjustment issues. Helen has supported Mike in the start-up and running of The Bridge for Heroes at the Contact Centre.