Meet The Team
Housekeeper & Activities Manager
Robert Dowler MBE FRICS
Robert is a retired Chartered Surveyor who first became involved at the Royal Cambridge Home in 1987, becoming chairman of the Trustees in 2005.
He has lived with his wife in Twickenham for many years where they have raised two sons and two daughters and currently have a grandson and a granddaughter.
Whilst, as Chairman the Home presents a constant stream of challenges, Robert considers himself very fortunate in having the support of trustees who share his admiration for the dedication of the management and staff in providing the best possible care for our residents.
Colonel Nigel Gilbert
Nigel retired from the Regular Army in the rank of Colonel in December 1999 after 36 years. He then spent 10 years at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, where he was a Captain of Invalids (Housemaster!) looking after Chelsea Pensioners, retiring in December 2009.
He is currently Chairman of his Regimental Association, and is much involved in travelling the country to meet veterans.
He and his wife Maureen live in Yateley, Hampshire.
Major John Tatham
John served in the Army for 19 years, followed by 10 years in business and a further 13 years as the Estates Bursar at a school in Surrey. In 1992 he was invited to serve as a Captain of Invalids at The Royal Hospital Chelsea where he stayed for 12 years. He has been a Trustee of the Royal Cambridge Home since 1995.
He lives in West London with his wife. His interests cover most sports, gardening and walking.
Jeremy worked in private practice in Richmond as a solicitor for many years until his retirement in January 2013. He became a trustee of The Royal Cambridge Home in 2014.
He lives in south west London with his wife, his three children having flown the nest. He is a keen golfer, having been a member of The Richmond Golf Club for many years, and is a lifelong supporter of Fulham Football Club.
George works in a boutique executive search firm assisting a wide range of listed businesses with critical functional hires. He became a trustee of the Royal Cambridge Home in 2008.
He is based in the South East and moved from Fulham to Sussex a few years ago where he now lives with his wife and two daughters.
He is an enthusiastic but inexperienced carpenter and spends most of his spare time constructing furniture and other occasionally useful additions to the house.
George Fitzgeorge Balfour
Alan was the Secretary to the Governors and Bursar of Reed's School, Cobham for many years before his retirement in July 2014. He became a trustee of the Royal Cambridge Home in 2014.
He lives in Cobham with his wife Jane and has two grown up sons and five grandchildren. He still supports West Bromwich Albion, his home club, but also Chelsea having moved south in 1975.
In January 2015 he was invited become the part-time minister of Twickenham Green Baptist Church.
John works as an investment manager in the City of London and became a trustee of the Home in 2001.
He lives in Bromley with his wife and two daughters: his oldest daughter is at university. John's spare time is spent as a chauffeur to the two youngest children whilst enjoying the theatre, gardening and hopefully the occasional race meeting.
We would like to thank everyone for their help with fundraising and to all those who provide grants and donations to our Home. As an independent charity this has helped us enormously with the day-to-day running of our organisation and has also meant we have been able to provide an extensive list of activities for all our residents.
In particular thanks are extended to:
The Childwick Trust - Mr. H.J. (Jim) Joel, a successful racehorse owner and breeder established the Trust in 1985 in order to benefit people in need.
The Trust provides funding to registered charities to assist people with disabilities, the elderly in need plus adults and children who are seriously ill. The Trust also helps towards the welfare of people involved in the horse racing industry.
The Trust has supported the Home over many years. Their latest donation has enabled us to upgrade one of our essential facilities, which has greatly benefited both our residents and staff.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity - The National Charity of The British Army. Providing help for soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families, for life. The Charity’s support for the Home has been longstanding and generous in its support and help over many years. A recent donation has meant we have been able to install a closed circuit television system to improve levels of security for our residents, a state-of-the-art aid call system, training for our staff and a sum to provide entertainment and outings for our residents
SSAFA - Providing lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served.
Music in Hospitals - A charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools and care homes.
Volunteers, Friends and Relatives - Throughout the year our band of generous volunteers support our Home with their time and energy.