Managing Committee


The Operation Christmas Box Management Committee consists of the four Operation Christmas Box Directors/Trustees and senior representatives from the Department of the Chief of Defence Personnel, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J1/ J4 from Permanent Joint Headquarters.


This Committee allows a mutually beneficial partnering arrangement which helps to support the MOD’s efforts to raise the morale of the Servicemen and Servicewomen who are serving their country overseas and away from their families at Christmas. Together they select items for the gift box which are useful, practical, fun and not provided through the usual military welfare schemes.   At the same time, sending the boxes early each year well before Christmas through the MOD global supply chain avoids disrupting personal mail in the run-up to Christmas.


Ann Talbot


Operation Christmas Box reinforcements arrive! Whilst Ann is not a member of the Management Committee, she has been a great supporter of the charity since its inception.  She has helped to produce the original design for publicity leaflets, publicity posters, Christmas cards, and car stickers using her well-honed IT skills to good effect.

Kate Farmer


Kate Farmer started working with uk4u Thanks! now Operation Christmas Box, in 2011 at the Ministry of Defence whilst serving in the RAF. 


Acting as liaison between the Charity and the Services, the Charity’s work immediately resonated with Kate; her Army husband was deployed in Afghanistan at the time and received one of their boxes. Appreciating all the thought and effort made by the Charity’s volunteer trustees, Kate kept in touch with them. Having left the RAF in 2014, Kate now assists with the Facebook page for Operation Christmas Box whilst doing her best to manage a hectic home life (with two very energetic young children) and serving as an RAF Reservist.

Vestey Foods UK Ltd

 

Vestey Foods UK Ltd became our Christmas Box supplier after winning a competitive tender in 2008.  Initially working with Richard Herrett and subsequently Russ How, thanks to their enthusiastic support, the shape and robustness of the Christmas Box has evolved.  The box contents have developed as well with an average of over 20 items each year.  After listening to the suggestions for the box and its contents made each year by the MOD Christmas Box Committee, Vestey Foods UK Ltd have sought out items to meet and often exceed the Committee members’ expectations.  There is a mixture of novelties, useful items, games, Christmas hat, questionnaire and a unique Operation Christmas Box Christmas card in the box.  The items are refreshed each year to maintain interest and to reflect comments received from recipients.   The Trustees are most appreciative of Vestey Foods UK Ltd’s efforts on behalf of Operation Christmas Box.

 

SPONSORS

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, here are a few.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

BAE

BAE

COONEEN

COONEEN

M&S

M&S

Vestey Foods

Vestey Foods

Westminster Foundation

Westminster Foundation

Sodexo

Sodexo

MBDA

MBDA

Kilfrost

Kilfrost

Airbus

Airbus