The Association represents all living holders of the Victoria Cross and its equivalent the George Cross, which is awarded to civilians and military personnel. Upon creation, the founders set out three aims of the Association:
To establish a central focus and headquarters in London for Victoria Cross holders from all over the world, and to provide a centre where holders could meet and communicate.
To cement the brotherhood of holders of the Victoria Cross throughout the Commonwealth and thereby, through their own unity and strength, make some contribution towards the maintenance of world peace.
To give such help and guidance to one another as might be possible from time to time.
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association represents all living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross.
The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces.
The George Cross
The George Cross (GC) is awarded to those who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage whilst in extreme danger.
At the second committee meeting of Victoria Cross Association, it was decided to invite George Cross holders to become Associate Members; this was felt to be in accord with King George VI's direction that the George Cross (awarded for gallantry when not in direct personal contact with the enemy) should be of equal standing with the Victoria Cross. It was also felt that future awards of the George Cross were likely to be rather more frequent than the Victoria Cross, since warfare on the scale of the last two world wars could not be visualised. In 1962 it was decided it would be more appropriate for GC holders to be full members, and the Association was re-named The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association.
For more information about the VC and GC Association visit the history page.
Governance of Association
The VC and GC Association is governed by a committee made up of members of the Association supported by other trustees.
David Jones' father Lt Col H Jones VC was awarded the VC during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. After his father's death on leaving school David followed in his fathers footsteps joining the Army for 10 years in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. Since leaving the Army he has worked in the global Telecoms sector and more recently as a management consultant specialising in Business Transformation. David became a trustee to the VC and GC Association in 2011 and is married with two children.
Roger Davis is currently Chairman of Gem Diamonds, Sainsbury's Bank and Global RadioData Communications (GRC) and Future for Heroes. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Experian. Roger began his career in the British Army, leaving in 1986 to join Robert Fleming Holdings moving to be Managing Director of India for Jardine Fleming in 1995. In 1997 Roger then moved to Hong Kong to take up the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BZW, Asia Pacific. He was then appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Barclays Capital, Asia Pacific, before returning to the UK as Chief Executive of Business Banking for Barclays. He left Barclays as Head of the UK Bank and as an Executive Director of Barclays in 2005. Roger was also previously Chairman of Cabot Credit Management.
Nicholas Oppenheim heads a family office in London, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Aida Capital, a London based fund of hedge funds manager, a position that he held from its inception in 2001 until it was acquired by Standard Life in 2010. Throughout his career Nick has been engaged in corporate restructuring work, principally in financial service businesses. He serves on the Global Leadership Council at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and on the board of Columbia Business School in New York.
Didy Grahame OBE, MVO
Didy was Secretary of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association from 1970-72 and then from 1981- 2014. She is well travelled. She currently serves as Vice-President of the Civil Defence Association as well as Chairman of Grants Committee of the Knights of the Round Table. Didy is co-founder of the World Pheasant Association and helped to establish an educational Nature Reserve in north Essex. Her interests include family and friends, ornithology, conservation, music, art, travel and current affairs.
Major-General Jonathan Hall CB OBE DL
Jonathan Hall was a professional soldier for thirty-five years. His last serving appointment was General Officer Commanding the Army in Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle. He commanded his Regiment, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, in 1984. He was the Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea from 1997 to 2005 and a member of Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms from 1999 to 2014, retiring as Standard Bearer. He was a trustee of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust from 2003 to 2014 and was been a trustee for the VC and GC Benevolent Fund from 2003 and laterly for the Association since 2015. He is Governor of Taunton School as well as a Governor of Blind Veterans UK, Freeman of the City of London and Vice President of the Army Benevolent Fund in Dorset, where he lives with his wife, Sarah. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Rebecca Maciejewska is the current Chief Executive / Secretary to the Association. She trained and practised briefly as a barrister before the constraints of a peripatetic Army life took over. She has worked for The Army Families Federation, as a Resettlement Consultant for those leaving the Army, set up and ran Care for Casualties, The Rifles' fundraising network for bereaved families, the wounded and their families, and is a trustee for BLESMA. Outside the military and welfare world, she likes to escape to Italy, read history books, draw/paint and spend time with her family.
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered with the Charities Commission (Reg No 1162742). The registered objectives of the VC and GC Association include:
The provision of financial assistance to holders of the VC and GC, their dependants and descendants, who are in hardship or distress
The creation and restoration of VC and GC graves and memorials
Education of the public on matters regarding the VC and GC