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patron angus cambell

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset

Angus Campbell was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Dorset on 23 January 2014.

“As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset I have agreed to become Patron for the Acts Fast charity because I feel it is so important to recognise the wider victims of child abuse. It is vital in such cases to provide understanding and support for those parents, carers and family members who are the secondary victims in such cases. This support will, in turn, help and increase the future life chances of the child involved.”

Angus was raised in North Dorset. His father, from a family with a strong military tradition, settled in the County on retirement from the Army in 1949 having served in Ethiopia, with SOE in Greece and Italy and in the Sudan. Educated in Dorset and Devon, Angus emigrated to New Zealand in 1970 to work for the Auckland Herd Improvement Association at the age of 20 and gained his Private Pilots Licence whilst working in that country.

Returning to the UK after his two year contract was completed, he applied to join the Army with a view to flying. Angus was Commissioned into the Army as one of the first direct-entry Army Air Corps Pilots and served in West Germany, United Nations Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Canada and finally as Second in Command of 16 Flight Army Air Corps in Cyprus before retiring at the end of his Short Service Commission. He continued as a Territorial Army Pilot until 1982.

On retiring from the Army, Angus returned to the family farm near Iwerne Minster in North Dorset and diversified his farming activities with an interest in running several Game Shooting enterprises.

Drawn into local politics for four years 1989/93 when elected to be the Dorset County Council Member for Blandford Forum, Angus became Vice-Chairman of the Education Committee but did not stand for re-election in 1993. However, he returned to local politics on election to the North Dorset District Council in 1999 serving as Leader for the first four and a half years. Standing for Dorset County Council again in 2001, he became Deputy Leader from 2002 to 2006 and then Leader for the seven years between 2006 and 2013. In 2013 Angus stood down from local politics.

Whilst serving within Local Government in Dorset, for five years Angus also Chaired the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West that became South West Councils, and represented the South West on the Local Government Association’s Executive Board. He was also Chairman of the Dorset Olympic Board (2006 – 2012) with responsibility for the delivery of the Olympic Sailing Events in Weymouth and Portland in Summer 2012.

In January 2014 Angus Campbell was appointed by The Queen to represent Her Majesty as Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.

Angus lives with his wife Carola in Iwerne Minster and has two daughters. His interests are Archaeology, History, Country Sports and Writing.

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Family Psychotherapist & founder of Family Counselling Trust

Having been an importer of wines, pottery and ceramics for 25 years, Robert retrained as a psychotherapist (aged 50). He worked in Child and Adolescent mental health for the NHS before going private in 2007. He started the Family Counselling Trust to help families on low income in the south west, so that they could have access to high quality counselling for a range of emotional issues, at a cost they could afford.

In 2014, Robert published a book ‘A Humour of Love’ drew on his experience of being sexually abused as a child. In that book, he revealed a sexual relationship that he had with his father, starting from the age of seven. It was that experience that has shaped much of his professional work, and his desire to be associated with Acts Fast. Since the publication of the book, Robert has combined working as a psychotherapist with families, extending the work of the Trust, and campaigning for the introduction of mandatory reporting of sex crimes against children nationwide.

Robert Montagu said “I hope that small charities such as Acts Fast that help promote such reporting in communities like Bournemouth continue to spread throughout the UK and will bring pressure on Government to act fast and reform the law”.