ASDIC is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Drop-Ins, Delivery Partners and key stakeholders, under a Chairman. Day to day management is provided by a General Secretary who is responsible to the Steering Committee through the Chairman. He/she is supported by a Communications Manager who maintains the Directory of Drop-Ins and Delivery Partners, and looks after marketing, the Newsletter (Ping!) and social media.

The Steering Committee

Representatives of:

Delivery Partners:

  • Blesma – Pat Donachie
  • Combat Stress – Adrienne Coward
  • Greenwich Hospital – Shakeela Bagus
  • Help for Heroes – Julian North
  • NHS England Armed Forces and families’ health team – National Policy Lead
  • The Royal British Legion – Craig Spence
  • Seafarers UK (non-attending)
  • SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity – Gary Williams

In support:

  • Mark Axler – MAON
  • Charles Swain – VOS Trustee


Chairman – Peter Mosse

Peter Mosse left the Royal Navy as a Commander in 1991. Having been captain of a Type 21 frigate during the Falklands conflict, he spent 3 years in Washington DC and 5 years in MOD managing sensitive equipment programmes.

After leaving he led (non-defence) joint venture negotiations with Institutes in Moscow and St Petersburg and worked on public sector programmes with Logica, Interservefm and MoveCorp International (Heathrow T5).

In 2006 he started an IT company for collecting NHS patient data and then joined CORE IMS measuring mental health outcomes. He helped establish the NHS South Central Veterans (Mental Health) Service and in 2011 joined Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) Portsmouth Drop-In, helping them to become a charity – he remains a Trustee. He was Master of a Livery Company 2016/17 and enjoys skiing, tennis, art and music.

General Secretary – Malcolm Farrow OBE

Malcolm Farrow left the Royal Navy in 1996 as a Commander after 34 years service, immediately joining the Senior Civil Service as a 1* but was made redundant a couple of years later when the executive agency he ran was privatised by the government. He then rejoined the Navy as a Captain to be the Director of the International Festival of the Sea 2001 and again in 2005 as part of the Trafalgar Bicentenary team, before removing his uniform for the last time in late 2005.

Then followed 6 years as Assistant General Secretary of the Forces Pension Society, gaining wide tri-Service experience, before taking on the role for ASDIC. He has also worked within the charity sector. He is President of the Flag Institute and an advisor to the parliamentary all party group on flags and heraldry.

Marketing Manager – Susie Horton

Susie has worked in the Marketing and Communications arena for over 15 years.  Working initially for Advertising Agencies in London and Singapore, she became an experienced Account Handler and then left to run her own business specialising in Database and Contact Management systems for Charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Susie now works as a freelance marketing consultant for a number of different organisations, concentrating on their marketing strategies, branding and social media requirements.  She also works part time for the Royal Maritime Club, as their Marketing and PR Manager.

Office – Admin Support

  • Wendy Pearson
    Wendy has had an interesting and varied career.  After serving in the Royal Navy in Communications for 5 years, she has enjoyed roles in the travel industry as Cabin Crew and in HR, working for IBM in Portsmouth.

    With a spouse still serving in the Royal Navy, Wendy is no stranger to moving and has lived in the USA, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

    Now settled back in Portsmouth she worked in the NHS as a Physiotherapist Assistant for a year before joining Veterans Outreach Support in 2018 as the Office Manager.

  • Saffron Cohen

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