MacRobert Trust’s new top man...

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After nearly 11 years as the administrator of the MacRobert Trust, Air Commodore Bob Joseph, CBE RAF (Retd) leaves the estate-based charitable trust with both sadness and pride.

He has been succeeded in the newly re-designated chief executive officer role by Rear Admiral Chris Hockley, CBE.

During his time at the helm, Bob has overseen significant changes including monetary donations of over £8m and the direction of over £20m to the Trust’s many charitable interests.

He and his wife, Jan, have decided to stay in Deeside and have moved into a new home in Aboyne.

Bob said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time here at the Trust... Jan and I will never forget it.”

Chris said: “It is such a privilege to be given the opportunity to take the Trust on into its truly exciting future, for which Bob has provided such an excellent springboard...”

He joins the Trust after 37 years in the Royal Navy, a career that had him serving in ships, including all three aircraft carriers, the Ministry of Defence and in senior roles in Support and Fleet Commands.

His last two appointments brought him to Scotland - firstly as commanding officer of the Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde, during which time he was appointed an Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen, and then his last role as Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland and Flag Officer Reserves and Regional Forces.

Chris was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2013 and was also appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant in the South Lanarkshire.

Chris married wife, Kate, in 2005 and they have five grown children between them.

He and Kate enjoy walking with their two dogs, boating and watching rugby.