meet the team

Our team have been carefully assembled to bring the right level of expertise and experience to the project to achieve success.

Founder and Chief Executive
Alan Carr MBE
After 20 years running his own property business in Ascot High Street, Alan is now content to devote the rest of his life to the charity world. He was the Founder Director of the Ascot Charitable Trust, and worked

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with over 40 charities during his seven- year term as Chairman, which included hosting an event at Kensington Palace with Princess Michael of Kent. He also hosted a fundraising dinner on board The Royal Yacht Britannia for the Haig Housing Trust campaign, Coming Home. Alan is a principle member of ‘Team Sophie’ who bought Rio, the horse on which Sophie Christiansen OBE won her three Gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics. He was also a Trustee for Buckinghamshire Riding School for the Disabled. In 2008 Alan was awarded an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and in 2010 received an MBE for his ‘charitable services’.

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Director of Communications
Susan Osborne MSc FRSA
Susan has an extensive career in communications management at the most senior levels. She has won four PR Week Awards and three Third Sector Campaigning Awards, including the national Award of Excellence;

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was runner up in the NHS Inspirational Leader Award 2011, and is winner of the prestigious Ashden Award for devising Britain’s Greenest Hospital initiative. She has planned and implemented national public awareness campaigns for the Departments of Health and Education, where she was communications adviser for schools and also Head of Communications Strategy and Insight. She has worked with organisers of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and on preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was instrumental in the merger of the UK’s largest cancer charities. More recently has been working with the NHS to help hospitals use communications strategies to get out of special measures.

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Pageantmaster
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR
Bruno Peek has been responsible for a large number of the biggest celebrations of this kind for more than three decades. Some of the most memorable spectacles and occasions, including celebrations for the official

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opening of the Single European Market, the arrival of the New Millennium, Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Battle of Trafalgar bicentenary, Enjoy England – Celebrate St George’s Day, Fly a Flag for our Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion Poppy Party Weekend and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, the annual Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, 50th and 70th Anniversary VE Day Beacons and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons have been influenced and successfully organised by him.

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Celebrity Ambassador
Sophie Christiansen CBE
Sophie Christiansen is 29 and comes from Ascot. She was born two months prematurely with cerebral palsy and survived despite suffering jaundice, blood poisoning, a heart attack and a collapsed lung.

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She began riding aged six on a school trip as a form of physiotherapy, loved the freedom horses gave her, and took up dressage when she was 13. Three years later, she was the youngest member of the Great Britain squad to compete at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. She has won 10 medals at the last three Games, including triple gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. Christiansen has a first-class masters degree in mathematics and took unpaid leave from her role as analyst for an investment bank to compete in Rio.

Sophie says of her appointment as the Memorial’s first Celebrity Ambassador: “ I am both delighted and honoured to be associated with such an important project that recognises the contribution horses have made to us humans in the past and continue to make through their strength, kindness and intuition”.

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Craig Hallet

Director of Music and Composer
Major Craig Hallatt BA (Mus) LRSM ALCM CAMUS
Craig started his musical career at the age of 7 in the Brass Bands of Yorkshire; He joined the Army in Sept 1985 and has had an illustrious career spanning 32 years.

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On completion of the Bandmasters’ Course Maj Hallatt was assigned to be the Bandmaster of the Lowland Band of The Scottish Division in 2001. During this inaugural post he completed tours of Northern Ireland, Switzerland and Germany,  Kuwait and Iraq.

He was appointed as Director of Music of the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in January 2009. In addition to performing as the State Ceremonial band for Scotland which included playing for the Pope’s visit to Scotland in 2010.

In September 2011, Major Hallatt was appointed as the last Director of Music of The Royal Artillery Woolwich Band and saw their sad departure from Woolwich after 252 years. During his time in the Band he was deployed on operations to Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick 19.

Craig was appointed as Director of Music, The Band of The Household Cavalry in February 2015. As a composer he has written and arranged music for major events such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Basel Tattoo and the Berlin Music Parade. TV credits include Trooping the Colour,, Britain’s Got Talent and the Household Division Beating Retreat on Horse Guards. He is senior music advisor to several International Military events and is the founder of Dreamscape Orchestrations and Media Scoring.

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Farquhar Ogilvy-Laing
Bronze Expert and Consultant
Farquhar established Black Isle Bronze in 1994 and currently employs 14 full time staff. His strength is his attention to detail in the form and texture, combined with his knowledge of classic and contemporary materials,

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allowing for cast sensitive work and quality finishing.

In 2002, he moved the company to a purpose built facility in Nairn, near Inverness the only purpose-built bronze-casting foundry in the UK. With over 7000 square feet of workshop space, Black Isle Bronze has the equipment and resource to handle the most challenging of projects, including The War Horse Memorial.

Using lost wax and sand casting techniques; Black Isle Bronze has been responsible for many large commissions throughout the UK and beyond. It’s use of structural engineering means that public sculptures are impervious to vandalism.

Black Isle Bronze has been responsible for the following works – Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick at Middlesborough FC; Stan Cullis at Wolves, and ‘the batsman’ at Lords. Other famous figures include the four heroic scale rugby players at Twickenham; the Bank station dragons; Frankie Dettori at Ascot; Be Friendly at Haydock Park and a commission of seven racehorses for a private residence in Dubai.

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