September 21st 2017

Focus On: The new Chairman of East Midlands RFCA’s Lincolnshire County Committee – Nick Foster

Nick Foster

Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Nick Foster is bringing a wealth of experience to his new role as Chairman of Lincolnshire RFCA.

He is taking over the role from (Lt Col Rtd) Ron Gatepain who stood down at the committee’s last meeting in March.

Each county has a committee. The role of the committee is to communicate the RFCA’s message of supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets as well as engaging with their local communities.

The committees include representatives from local businesses, the education centre and each of the Reserve Forces and cadet organisations.

Nick retired from the Army in 2007 after a 35-year career. He has recently joined the Lincolnshire RFCA county committee and is looking forward to his new chairman role.

He said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be taking up this important position. I’ve seen first-hand how much the Reserve Forces and cadets in Lincolnshire have to offer and I look forward to working with the committee to ensure they receive the best support possible in my time as Chairman.

“My aim as Chairman is to ensure that the Lincolnshire committee continues to play a full part in the wider RFCA activities and ensure regular units, reserve and cadet units, industry and employers work together. We also support the individuals in the organisation who are the most important ingredient.

“The reliance on the joined up approach is as important now as it ever was in the past. I would hope that my defence experience and involvement will help to ensure that ethos is continued.”

Since leaving the military Nick has had a second career with Boeing where he continues to work closely with the Ministry of Defence to this day on a range of capabilities from land vehicles to fixed wing aircraft.

Nick lives on the family farm at Collingham on the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border with his wife Beth. The pair have a keen interest in horses

Nick and Beth have two boys with the eldest, Captain Henry Foster, currently the Adjutant of The King’s Royal Hussars.

Nick said: “Henry is the seventh consecutive generation of my family to serve in the Armed Forces which gives me great pleasure and pride.”

Coming from a military family only strengthens Nick’s desire to ensure reserves and cadets across Lincolnshire have the best support and opportunities.

He continued: “I look forward to getting to know and see the variety of reserves and cadets across the county and working further with them.”

Nick retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after service in the Royal Artillery. Much of his career was spent supporting all three Services (Army, Navy and Air Force) in the Joint Fires, ISTAR and Command arena both operationally and in training.

During his career, Nick has served in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War in 1982, worked with the United Nations Force in Cyprus and latterly with the United States in Afghanistan and Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Notable appointments included Chief Instructor Gunnery at the Royal School of Artillery, Military Assistant to the Commander and Administrator British Forces Cyprus, Commanding a Royal Horse Artillery Battery and Adjutant of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery where his last ceremonial duty was as Captain of the Queen’s Life Guard for the Duke of York’s wedding.

Nick has had three postings in Lincolnshire, first with the Ground Based Air Defence (Rapier) Regiment at Kirton in Lindsey which included deploying with 3 Cdo Brigade as a lead part of the task force for the Falklands War.

He was also a Staff Officer with 54 Infantry Brigade at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham before his final tour at RAF Waddington’s Air Warfare Centre as the lead Army liaison officer.

“I’m delighted and honoured to be taking up this important position."