Major General (Retired) Martin Rutledge CB, OBE, MA, FCMI

Major General (2*) (Retired) Rutledge is the Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the British Army’s National Charity. In addition Martin is also a Director on the Board of The Soldiers Fund.

Commissioned into the cavalry (9th/12th Royal Lancers) in the mid-1970s, he has served in a wide variety of challenging Army and international appointments.  Highlights include early service in Northern Ireland; Regimental command during the Bosnia campaign; a lengthy stint in the national operational headquarters during the Balkan and Iraq campaigns; head of the Royal Armored Corps during a period of considerable upheaval and UN Security Adviser to the Kosovo Government as they gained national independence.  In the latter stages he has frequently worked in close cooperation with the Pentagon and US commands and has also had the privilege of commanding American soldiers. 

As a divisional commander he was heavily engaged in the care of our casualties and their families, and in particular the Personnel Recovery Programme focused on the wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Retiring in the rank of Major General he brings extensive past experience of leading and managing change and people, and handling significant resources both within an Army context but also in conjunction with major contractors and overseas governments.

As Chief Executive since 2012 he leads the Army’s national charity which is principally focused on making individual grants to Serving soldiers, veterans of all ages and their dependents, within the UK- but which also makes substantial grants to up to 100 delivery charities in a typical year.  Martin also sits on a significant number of other charity and finance boards as a Trustee or Director.

Martin took a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defense Studies.  He is a recipient of the Order of the British Empire following command in Bosnia and the Companion of the Bath following divisional command.  Married with two teenage children he lives in London mid - week to fully focus on supporting the Charity and will normally join his family in Dorset at weekends.