Bruce Smith

Acting Chairperson

Inspired by his Normandy Veteran father and a Dunkirk Veteran uncle, Bruce has taken a keen interest in how we care for service people for many years. He originally trained as a teacher, and after an early career in retail management and banking, he started his own training consultancy business in 2000 and is proud to include the RAF amongst his list of clients. Bruce takes a particular interest in the employment transition from military to civilian life. He was formerly a director of The Mark Wright Project.

Paul Hayllor

Paul served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force between 1988 and 1999 seeing service in the Middle East, Far East, Mediterranean and home waters. Since leaving he has been active in the veterans arena and helped to develop the Veterans First Point support service and latterly as Head of Charitable Services for Poppyscotland where he was closely involved in the merger with the Royal British Legion

Paul has recently returned from a 3 year working holiday in Australia where again he was involved in welfare and support services for isolated and marginalised members of the community and also helped develop a regional approach to suicide prevention and intervention. He also was Chair of the Board for an independent primary school and through active lobbying, was able to get the Federal and State governments to approve funding for another local school in the area where he lived. 

He now lives in Edinburgh and is very keen to engage all stakeholders in working together to improve outcomes for service leavers, veterans and their families living in the Lothians.

Alexander Dockar


Alex Dockar was commissioned into the 1st Bn The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1988.  Serving initially with the 1st Bn in BAOR before deploying with the Regiment on Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91. He served with the 1st Bn in Northern Ireland whilst stationed at Fort George.  Since resigning his commission, Alex has been pursuing a career in financial services, initially in London before setting up his own wealth management practice in Edinburgh.  He has a degree in Accountancy & Economics and been in the financial services business for 20 years. Alex is married with two children.

Huw Bell


A former RAF intelligence officer, Huw served in Iraq, Afghanistan, the 2011 Libya conflict and other Middle East locations. After the RAF he worked for the HALO Trust, a Scottish humanitarian charity, removing landmines and other unexploded remnants of war in Mozambique, Afghanistan and Somalia. He recently completed an entrepreneurial business course, The Saltire Foundation Fellowship, which included study in USA and China. He now runs his own business near Cupar.

Huw was raised in East Lothian and has a family background in farming and forestry and a degree in agriculture. Huw lives in the heart or rural North East Fife and loves the countryside. Huw maintains a deep interest in international affairs and his other interests include travel and sport.

Lee Wilson


Lee is a former senior civil service professional. His specialities include Business Transformation; Project Management: Resource Planning and Law Enforcement. A BSc graduate, Lee has studied environmental, social, economic and political issues within a global context. This has complemented a vocational humanitarian career spanning in excess of 30 years that has included humanitarian responses to the World Trade Centre terrorist attack in New York.  In 2004, he became part of a specialist team that attended Sri Lanka to provide direct humanitarian support and experience to Tsunami devastated communities. His support to these vulnerable communities continues to-date.

Lee has historical family links to each of the Armed Services and is committed to assisting military personnel in their transition following a committed service career. He has enjoyed close relations with 40th Regiment, Royal Artillery for many years, where he has provided support to many NCOs leaving the service into civilian life.