Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE
Sir Trevor left the Royal Navy in March 2012 after a distinguished career of some 37 years achieving the highest rank in the Service. He is now Director of his own company advising a variety of industries and sectors on business strategy and Chairman of VPS (Vessel Protection Solutions which provide passive security protection to the merchant marine and oil/gas companies against piracy and robbery). He is also Chairman of “The Leaders Club”, an invitation only club of senior executives across all sectors of business with a focus on leadership and whose motto is “bringing great minds together”
His last position in the Royal Navy was as the Commander-in-Chief Fleet in which he had full command of all deployable Fleet units, the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines. He was also the NATO Commander at Northwood responsible for all NATO Maritime Operations including the counter-piracy effort in the Indian Ocean – Operation OCEAN SHIELD.
Sir Trevor joined the Royal Navy in 1975, and has served both in submarines and surface ships, commanding in every rank from Lieutenant to Commodore.
Qualifying as a submariner in 1978, he served in nuclear powered and conventional submarines before successfully completing the Submarine Commanding Officers’ Qualifying Course (The Perisher) in 1986. He was then appointed in command of the conventional submarine HMS OCELOT until 1990, during which time the submarine deployed to the South Atlantic, Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Promoted to Commander in 1991 he returned to sea in command of the nuclear powered Fleet submarine HMS TALENT where he completed several operational Cold War patrols and was awarded the OBE in 1994. After 2 years in the Fleet Operational Headquarters at Northwood he was appointed to the Ministry of Defence in early 1996 to the Directorate of Navy Plans and Programme.
Promoted to Captain in December 1996, he assumed command of the ASW frigate HMS CHATHAM in 1997, during which time the ship undertook a wide-ranging programme including an operational patrol in the Gulf. He returned to Navy Plans in the MOD as Assistant Director Warfare and then as Captain Navy Plans in the new Directorate of Navy Resources and Plans. Promoted to Commodore in September 2000 he was appointed as the Director of the Naval Staff responsible for pan-Navy policy across Defence. He took command of HMS INVINCIBLE in December 2002 taking the ship from refit in Rosyth and working up the ship and air groups to meet the operational requirements as the Fleet Flagship.
On promotion to Rear Admiral in May 2004 he became Capability Manager (Precision Attack) as the Customer for Equipment Capability in the MOD responsible for a wide range of projects including the new Carrier, JSF, Type 45, nuclear submarines and precision weapons across all 3 Services. Promoted to Vice Admiral in January 2007 became the first Chief of Materiel (Fleet) and Board Member in Defence Equipment and Support, a post which also carried membership of the Admiralty Board, as Chief of Fleet Support. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List and promoted Admiral in June 2009.
Sir Trevor has a keen interest in leadership and development and is a regular speaker on the subject. A Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Charted Management Institute he is involved with youth organisations as President of the Sea Cadet Corps TS WIZARD in London and TS MODWENA in Burton. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Member of the Honourable Company of Lightmongers. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. A keen supporter of Leicester Tigers and Navy Rugby, he was until leaving the Service also President of the RN Rugby Football Union and retains his interest in rugby by working with the RFU on their regional Board for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE
Stephen Fletcher JP FRSA
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive
Leaving Wallasey Grammar School in 1965 after a far from glittering set of academic achievements ( however still the only former pupil to gain the thesis prize twice ), Stephen joined Martins Bank. There he learnt 2 mantras from the Bank Secretary Mr J E Deyes which he still uses " in the day we do the work of the day - Duke of Wellington" and "when a man becomes indispensable we sack him". Martins Bank was bought by Barclays in 1969 and Stephen moved to Royal Insurance.
His career took off in 1984 when he was invited to organise the training on the first personal computers that had just arrived into the company. Seeing a business opportunity he engaged the Royal's then accountants (Arthur Young, Mclelland Moore) to undertake training in the first of the true spreadsheeting programs -Supercalc then much more importantly Lotus 123. In 1987 he produced a business plan to launch Royal Insurance Education Services onto a commercial basis. The plan was accepted and the business was an instant success. During this period he managed to achieve the status of becoming Microsofts first authorised application training centre in the UK as well as that of Lotus.
In 1987 Stephen founded MERIT. Merseyside Information Technology was formed as a forerunner to TLC. Liverpool was very much in the doldrums but Stephen recognised the tremendous businesses that existed in the area. The first person that he sold training to externally was John Parkinson, HR Manager of one of Liverpool's great shipping lines - Ocean Management Services. Reflecting on Liverpool's poor press he wondered whether it would be possible to get together businesses large and small across the county meeting regularly to compare experiences and challenges in the early days of IT. The idea became reality and monthly lunchtime meetings were popular. Meetings were always on the basis of 'tell rather than sell' with business being undertaken over lunch. Before long Government became interested and Stephen and his wife Kay were invited to a Royal Garden party as an acknowledgement of the achievement. MERIT ran for 21 years.
In 1988 Stephen struck on the idea of the Great Debate. He challenged the CEOs of Microsoft and Lotus to debate their future strategies - Microsoft about Windows whilst Lotus focused on DOS. He managed to engage the famous broadcaster Brian Redhead to chair the day held at Liverpool's famous Maritime Museum. The event was a huge success and amongst those attending was the training manager of Boots the Chemist in Nottingham. Stephen followed up their attendance, captured their training account and before opening his first branch outside Liverpool, used Nottingham Forest FC's facilities for a year. The training sessions went very well particularly when delegates were invited by legendary manager Brian Clough to get some autographs.
In 1991, Royal Insurance decided to sell RIES to the VNG Group and Stephen and his staff transferred over with Royal earning £ 1/2 million for the business. Stephen suggested a rebranding and name change and suggested the name Interskill. In 1995 the VNG Group got into financial difficulty and the company was sold with the directors including Stephen becoming redundant.
Things were tough and job opportunities limited so Stephen decided to start his own training business - Intuition. Building up with just a phone, a PC and a database of known and able trainers, he struck on the formula of using excellent contract trainers ensuring the highest of quality and ethics. Stephen would sell whist his wife Kay would organise the delivery of the training. Before too long the business was joined by daughter Shona, Steve Burrows and system architect, Colin Hill. Old friend, Sir Malcolm Thornton was invited to Chair. The business built strongly and in 2001 Henry Jodrell joined the Board as an investor and became Sales Director. About this time the decision was taken to change the name to BroadSkill ( there were a couple of other Intuitions around ). Amongst the key successes was winning the national training contract for the MoD and Airbus.
In 2007 it was decided that the time was right to sell the business as national economic storm clouds were gathering and in due course Brayleino purchased BroadSkill in March 2008.
2008 was a very challenging year. A new knee, a streptococcal B infection and an enormous downturn in business due to the Credit Crunch presented huge challenges. In 2009 with the infection still present and another operation looming, Stephen turned his focus onto a system that had been developed by his team for long term health care within the NHS. A few systems had been sold but Stephen saw the potential. BroadCare was born and 5 years later and with a great deal of effort by a tremendous team, BroadCare is the No1 system within the NHS with a whole range of additional services being available. With the business at its peak Stephen decided to retire from BroadCare on 31/8/14 to consider what the next chapter might bring.
Stephen is the Founder and CEO of The Leaders Club. The story of the birth of TLC is detailed in 'Origin' elsewhere on the website.
Stephen is a JP and was appointed to The Wirral Bench in 1984. He was Chairman of the Bench 2005/7 and has been a past Chairman of the Merseyside branch of the Magistrates Association. He was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2004 and he was elected Founder President of the Rotary Club of Mid-Wirral in 1989. An abiding love of his family, good living, steam trains, photography add to his immense pleasure of life and eternal optimism.
Married to Kay since 1973 they have 3 children, Kirstie, Shona and Rory with 2 wonderful granddaughters, Bethan and Daisy
Stephen Fletcher JP FRSA
Co-Chairman and Chief Executive
Commodore Jake Moores OBE DL
Born in Lagos Nigeria, Commodore Jake Moores was educated at Rossall School and Queen Mary College, London where he gained an Honours degree in Environmental Biology and Oceanography. He joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and on completion of his training, elected to join the submarine service. Successful completion of the Submarine Command Course 'Perisher' in 1989 was followed by three submarine commands HMS ODIN, HMS SOVEREIGN and HMS VANGUARD. These sea commands were followed by three shore commands; Britannia Royal Naval College, The Faslane Flotilla and the Devonport Flotilla.
Since leaving the Royal Navy in June 2013 Jake Moores has taken on the roles of Business Development Consultant for Twofour Group, Chief Operating Officer for The Family Law Company in Exeter, President of the Devon Royal British Legion, Chair of the Dart RNLI, Trustee of The Britannia Association and The Dartmouth Apprentice as well as Vice Chair of The Leaders Club and Non Executive Director for Gameplans.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, has a certificate on company direction from the Institute of Directors and is an Honorary Professor in Leadership with the University of Plymouth.
Jake Moores lives with his wife and two sons in Dartmouth. His interests include tasting fine wines, watching rugby, playing cricket, golf, squash and bridge.
Commodore Jake Moores OBE DL
Director, Resilience, Crisis Management and Aviation, Deloitte UK
Educated at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson joined the Royal Air Force straight from school in 1980 and, on completion of flying training, was posted to RAF Germany as a front-line Jaguar pilot in the Cold War era. He served on 3 Jaguar squadrons in the nuclear strike, attack and reconnaissance roles at both RAF Brüggen and subsequently RAF Laarbruch before completing a tour fly the RF4E Phantom with the German Luftwaffe at GAF Bremgarten in the south west of the country, which coincided with the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany.
Bob subsequently completed further Jaguar tours at RAF Coltishall in Norfolk, including command of Number 6 Squadron and during which time he gained extensive operational experience flying over the Balkans and Northern Iraq. He subsequently went on to become the Station Commander at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire where he was responsible for the introduction of Typhoon into RAF Service and was the first Typhoon Force Commander.
His final decade of Service was very much in the joint arena where highlights included tours as:
- Commander of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan with responsibility for some 25,000 people and 170 aircraft.
- Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon during the 2011 Libya Campaign.
- Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) where, amongst other things, Bob was the MOD member of the Olympic Security Board for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Director of Joint Warfare, with responsibility for all joint high level training across all three Armed Services.
Since leaving the RAF in 2015, Bob has worked as a Director in the Risk Advisory area of Deloitte LLP, specialising in management consultancy services on resilience and crisis management to a very broad range of clients across all industry sectors.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Council of Christ’s Hospital (the school’s governing body) and the President of the Number 6 Squadron Association.
Bob lives in Sussex with his wife Saab and his interests include motorcycling, scuba diving, skiing and poor quality golf!
Deputy Chief Executive
Martin has a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
During a 30 year career in logistics, he covered many different roles including Sales, Account Management, Operations and General Management. The common strand between all of his roles was the management of people with teams from 10 to 400 people.
For the last 10 years he has worked in the psychometric assessment field, helping organisations to recruit the right people and develop them to their full potential.
Deputy Chief Executive
Shona Fletcher – Shona has a track record of excellence over fifteen years delivering people focused operational improvements within the broad IT and management training sector. A life long learning enthusiast, Shona is Managing Director of Enterprise Study, Business Transformation Software designers specialising in the Learning and Training industries.
Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA
Sir Malcolm spent 14 years in local government, notably as the first Leader of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, before entering Parliament in 1979. He is the former MP for Liverpool, Garston, and latterly Crosby, holding office from 1979 until 1997. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Patrick Jenkin at both the Department of Industry and the Department of the Environment. He chaired the House of Commons Select Committee for Education for nine years. Since leaving Parliament, Sir Malcolm has been, and still is, a non-executive Director of a number of SMEs in Merseyside. He is the former Pro Chancellor &amp;amp;amp; Chairman of the Board of Governors of Liverpool John Moores University (2007-13) and served as the Independent Chairman of both the Wednesbury Education Action Zone and the Birmingham Local Education Partnership.
Sir Malcolm is married to Rosemary, a former headteacher, now an Education Consultant. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1992.