News

June 17th 2015

Providing an update on RFCA business

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) this week (15 June) to update its members on what the organisation has achieved during the last 12 months and to inform them of plans for the future.

The event, which was held at Foresters House Army Reserve Centre in Chilwell, Nottingham, was attended by more than 60 people who had the opportunity to hear two senior military speakers who each provided an update on the current military landscape, in particular the new Army structure and progress with changes to the country’s Reserve forces..

Brigadier Johnny Bourne, the Commander of 7th Infantry Brigade, updated those in attendance about how his Adaptable Brigade contributes to the Defence landscape as a whole,  focusing on the British Army’s Infrastructure, how Regular (full-time) and Reserve Forces operate, as well as considering  the role of our Cadet Forces.

The second speaker of the evening was Lieutenant General Robin Brims, the Chairman of the Council of RFCAs, who retired from the Army in 2008. As General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Division he deployed with his division to Iraq in 2003 and before he retired held the post of Commander Field Army.

Lieutenant General Brims was appointed by the government to chair an External Scrutiny Committee  to examine the implementation of the Future Reserves 2020 plan.  He provided the audience with an entertaining, thought-provoking, frank, but upbeat analysis of progress to date.

Group Captain (Rtd) Nick Sharpe, Chief Executive of East Midlands RFCA, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome both Brigadier Bourne and Lieutenant General Brims in to our AGM. I know that the comprehensive and positive talks from both speakers were well-received by our audience which was made up of RFCA volunteer members, as well as serving members of our Armed Forces.

“East Midlands RFCA feels it is our duty to be as transparent as possible about our business and the way the association operates, so holding a meeting such as this once per year allows us to answer any questions those attending may have in person as well as updating individuals about other projects on the horizon.”

“East Midlands RFCA feels it is our duty to be as transparent as possible about our business and the way the association operates, so holding a meeting such as this once per year allows us to answer any questions those attending may have in person as well as updating individuals about other projects on the horizon.”