meet the team

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

Co-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’.


Co-Founder and 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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


Commonwealth Ambassador (Australia and New Zealand)
Nigel Allsopp

Nigel Allsopp is the Australian ANZAC of the year 2017, a veteran of military overseas deployments and a decorated police officer.

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He served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces for over 25 years, and has spent a lifetime working with animals, initially as a Military Working Dog handler.

Nigel is the Founder and President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organization (AWAMO) and the driving force behind the establishment of memorials honouring the deeds and sacrifices of animals in wars. He is a published author of nine books on Police and Military animals and is a recognised subject matter expert.

Nigel has established over 30 war animal memorials all over the world. In June 2017 he opened the WWI War Animal memorial in Pozieres, France. The memorial honours all animals from all nations.

Today, Nigel remains in uniform where he is an operational explosive detection dog handler for the Queensland Police Service. He is a qualified Mounted Police Officer having undertaken basic and advanced Police riding courses in California, USA and is a member of the Australian Light Horse Ceremonial troop.


Professor of history / geography at the Lamarck High School in Albert (Somme)
Yves Potard

Knight of the Order of Palmes Académiques, retired since 2010.

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President of the Franco-Australian Digger-cote 160 Association created in 2001 in Pozières after having been president of the ANCCRE Association, for the creation of an international meeting centre for young people, in the heart of the historic sites of the Battle of the Somme.

The numerous activities of the Association within our territory and in particular during the centenary commemorations of the First World War caught the attention of the State which has just awarded Yves the Silver Medal of Tourism having been recommended for the Award by the Prefect of the Somme.


Adam Afriyie MP

Adam grew up in South London and attended Addey and Stanhope school in New Cross before gaining a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College (Wye).

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He was first elected as Conservative MP for Windsor in 2005. He was Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation from 2007 to 2010 and now chairs the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) and the Financial Technology APPG. Prior to entering Parliament, Adam was a successful entrepreneur in the information services and technology sector and has strong international businesses interest. He is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to both Ghana and Guinea.


David Clendining

David Clendining has dedicated his life thus far to perusing and mastering a wide variety of artistic disciplines. David has been a part time teacher for at least twenty years in colleges, schools and universities throughout Canada.

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He has taught at Confederation College Thunder Bay On., North Island High School BC, Algonquin College Ottawa ON. University of Ottawa and is presently at the Ottawa School of Art.

In the mid 1970’s David attended Ontario College of Art where he studied commercial art, illustration and bronze sculpture and casting. Then, in the early 1980’s, David was approached to do some court room illustrations for a particularly high profile murder trial. He then became the court room illustrator for many trials across Canada, which led to a job as Art Director for the CTV network at CJOH TV Ottawa.

David remained at CJOH as Art director / Production Designer for the next ten years where he was responsible for set design, illustration, special FX, animation and court room illustrations. In the latter years of employment with CTV, David started his own small company called Summit Studios.

Today, David Clendining-Summit Studios specialises in design and fabricate museum displays, murals, sculptures, models, sets and FX. Summit also designs and builds movie sets and FX for productions such as, Chasing Rainbows, Interview with the Vampire, Grey Owl, H20, 13th warrior and Decoys to mention just a few.


Rick Wagner (US Ambassador)

Rick currently resides in Bryan, Texas USA after retiring from the Garden Grove Police Department, California, USA after 33 year’s service.

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During this career he has worked as a Patrol Officer, K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Narcotics Investigator, Homicide Investigator, Investigator on a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Mounted Corporal, Patrol Sergeant and Mounted Sergeant. He totalled 13 years assigned to the Mounted Enforcement Unit before leaving the department.

Rick has served as a Board Member of the California Mounted Officers Association for six years and currently serves the board in an advisory role and Parliamentarian. As for CMOA competition at the Annual Trail Trials & Sensory Training he has been placed in the top three individual rankings six times, and has been on the first place team for four years.

Rick is a founding member of the Norco Animal Rescue Team, which is operated under the direction of the Norco Fire Department. His years of experience and training have enabled him to be entrusted as a Team Leader in Rescue operations in wildfires and rescues throughout Southern California. Rick organised and instructed training in technical animal rescue and animal evacuation in compliance with the City of Norco/Riverside County Fire Department policies. Rick was a member of the team that created these policies.

Rick has served with the California State Horsemen’s Association for 12 years and has served on the Board of Directors in State and Region offices and committees.

In 2008 Rick was the State Champion at the CSHA Trail Trials State Championship Event and in 2012 he was inducted into the Norco Horse Town USA Hall of Fame for that State Championship title.


John Bickley (NZ Ambassador)

Born 1960 and growing up at the end of the road in rural Takaka in the Nelson region of South Island New Zealand.

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From a family of farmers, tradesmen and soldiers. Growing up next door to my Grandfather Jack Bickley who served in WW1 in Palestine for 4 years, I gained an interest a in matters military and learned to ride and shoot. I joined the New Zealand Army at 16 via a cadet group and served with 1 & 2/1 Battalions of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

Today I honour all troops and animals from all wars by riding in remembrance. I especially remember the Mounted Riflemen and their Steads from Australia and New Zealand and Britain including my Grandfather and his Brother at this time 100 years ago capturing Beesheeba and successfully turning the tide of war and ending German control of the region and indeed the long ruling Ottoman Empire.

I display my Grandfathers Hat Badge and Medals proudly…

John Michael Bickley

10 Nelson Squadron of Canterbury Mounted Rifles

New Zealand Mounted Rifles