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Colonel Clive Mantell

Clive Mantell


Colonel (retired) Clive Mantell was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1969, joining the 1st Battalion in Colchester. Over the next 18 years he served with in Minden, Chester, Berlin, Osnabruck and Northern Ireland.

As a young officer, he trained recruits and commanded a troop in 22 Special Air Service Regiment, participating in the Dhofar war and other operations.  As Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 2nd Battalion Ulster Defence Regiment in Armagh.  As a staff officer, he served in brigade and division HQs in Germany, in MOD London working on African affairs, and at NATO HQ.

He served twice with the French Army, first as UK exchange instructor at the staff college in Paris and later, as Colonel, at HQ Eurocorps, a multinational headquarters based in Strasbourg.  In this final appointment he deployed to Kosovo and to the Democratic Republic of Congo as Chief of Staff of the United Nations mission.

On leaving the Army in 2005, Clive joined the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, supporting investigations in Africa.  Then, after 6 months in Darfur (Sudan) with an EU team embedded in an African Union mission, from 2007 to 2010 he assessed officers of the UAE armed forces in Abu Dhabi.

Clive became Chairman of the Green Howards Association in October 2012.

Major General Andrew Farquhar

Andrew Farquhar


Major General Andrew Farquhar (CBE DL B.Eng FCMI) is Chair of the Green Howards Trust and President of the Friends of the Green Howards Museum and Green Howards Association.

Major General Farquhar began his military service in 1975 when he joined the Green Howards infantry regiment and, during a 32-year career in the Army, has commanded operations at every level, from a rifle platoon in Northern Ireland in 1975, to multi-national corps in Iraq in 2005.

A graduate of Sheffield University, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Army Staff College and an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, Major General Farquhar is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire and Chair of the Advisory Group for the National Memorial Arboretum.

He is currently Managing Director of UK Operations for Gardaworld, a global risk consultancy company, and provides ongoing support for UK clients such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development as well as clients in the public and private defence industries and the oil and gas sector.

Andrew became Chair of The Green Howards Trust in 2006.

Ben Houghton

Ben Houghton


Ben Houghton studied politics before embarking on an army career.  He spent 10 years in the army and then 17 in the investment industry, the last 7 as Group Operations Director of a large investment house.

Since retiring he has taken on a number of charity positions. He was chairman of Disability Sport England for five years and is currently the trustee treasurer of 3 national charities (RAPT, Missing People and Haig Homes) and the chair of governors of a leading prep school.

He is Treasurer to the Museum and Chairs the Regimental Investment Committee.

Richard Inman

Richard Inman


Richard Inman has been a Director at Fisher Partnerships, Care Home Providers in North Yorkshire for the last thirteen years. He is also Company Secretary to the Independent Care Group for care providers in York and North Yorkshire.

Richard is our Museum Friends Representative.

Colonel J M G Willis

Jim Willis 


Colonel J M G Willis MBE was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1984 and spent his early years with the Regiment in Germany, Northern Ireland and North Yorkshire.  His uncle, Major Peter Willis, also served with the regiment.

Jim  was the last Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, the Green Howards before the Regiment’s amalgamation into the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006.  During his time in command, he served with the Battalion in UK, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Belize.  Away from Regimental Duty, he was Aide-de-Camp to (the then) General Sir Peter Inge, he was twice a Military Assistant in the MoD, and he taught at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, both as a Captain and as a Major.  He finished his service as Commander of the Army Presentation Group.

Jim left the Army in 2012 to join the Priory Group, a leading private mental healthcare provider.  He is now an Operations Director responsible for ten Priory hospitals in the south of England.


Duncan Hopkins


Colonel Duncan Hopkins TD BA (Hons) FCMI is a serving Army Reserve Officer. He joined the TA infantry in July 1976 and was commissioned whilst at York University in 1978. Much of his early service was with the Green Howards TA Company in Middlesbrough.

He was the last Commanding Officer of the 4/5th Battalion the Green Howards, since when he has been Deputy Commander 15 (Northeast) Brigade, held appointments in Army HQ and the MOD and is currently serving in Army HQ once again within the Directorate of Training.

He has served in the Balkans in 1999 during the Kosovo crisis, was Commanding Officer of a tri-service Force Protection Unit in Iraq in 2004 and Commander British Forces/NATO Chief of Joint Intelligence Operations in Kosovo in 2008.

Fortunate enough to retire early, Duncan has been the trustee of a number of military focused charities and charitable organisations including the TA Sports Board and the UK Reserve Forces Association. Beyond his reserve service he was recently appointed the Vice Chair Army of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber.

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Canon Richard Cooper

Canon Richard Cooper
Museum Executive Committee
- Community Representative
(co-opted member of the committee)


Richard Cooper was Rector of Richmond and Husdwell Parish from 1998 to 2009 and has strong links and ties with the local community. He also has an understanding of army life being Chaplain to The Queen, Officiating Chaplain to the Military, Regimental Chaplain to the Green Howards 2006 and Regimental Chaplain to The Yorkshire Regiment 2006-2011.

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