GC PATRONS

KEVIN de VAL

Kevin served for 35 years in the Royal Marines and saw operational service in many parts of the world. He served five years in the Middle East and was involved in both Gulf Wars as well as with the UN in Bosnia and the beginnings of the Afghan conflict. His tour with 40 Commando, where he was a Company Commander, led to his association with Go Commando.  On leaving the Corps, Kevin worked in the Compliance Division of the Charity Commission, which was responsible for overseeing the governance of charities. He then set up his own business supporting the offshore power industry; he retired in 2015.

He has been a trustee of the charity since it’s formation in 2010, latterly serving as Chair. Kevin has been forced to step down due to ill health but continues to support the work of the charity, particularly in it’s drive to make The Brambles Nursery an outstanding early learning facility for the children of military families.

Kevin is married to Barbara, has two grown up sons and a step son and lives in Taunton.

Go Commando chairman

LEE JOHNSTON

Lee spent 22 years in the Royal Marines between 1990 and 2012.

Lee had a very different career to most Marines as he was a talented Sportsman playing many sports more notably Rugby Union and League representing the Marines in Both and the Navy in Union at all age groups, it was Lee’s love of sport that after reading a notice on orders regarding Bobsleigh in 1994, It was about to change his career path significantly.

Lee spent the next 16 Years competing at the highest level in Bobsleigh, competing in 3 Winter Olympic Games and 12 World Championships. Winning Combine sportsman of the year in 2007.

He finished his career in Commando Helicopter Force ( CHF) but was allowed to play rugby League for the Marines while there, finishing his sporting career in 2011 winning the “Man of Steel” Award, voted for by his Peers in Royal Marines Rugby League

Lee left the Marines and moved naturally into a Bobsleigh driving coach Job for the British Bobsleigh Association now the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association.

Lee has spent the last 7 years moving through the Development, assistant and finally 2 years ago announced as the Head Coach of bobsleigh for the last Olympics in Peyongchang 2018.

The reason Lee became a Patron is Sean O’brien the founder approached him in 2012 just as Lee was leaving the Corp and asked if I would like the honour of been a patron. Lee instantly said yes and his reasons were mainly that he had a lot of people that had supported his sporting career while they were on Operations and felt that by joining Go Commando it was a real way of Lee been able to give something back to Royal Marines and their Families.

Lee and his family have helped at many events and has used his connections to get volunteers to run for the charity and also helped run events in and around Taunton that raised money and awareness that all go to support Royal Marines and their families. Lee will continue on balance helping GC where he can around his job that takes him away 5-6 months away.