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Meet the Armed Forces Community Team

​​​​​​​Colchester Borough Council is committed to working with and supporting our armed forces community.


  • About Councillor David King, Armed Forces Champion.
  • Contact details for our Armed Forces Community Team
  • Find out information about the Colchester Covenant Partnership Board.
  • Find out information about the Essex Civil Military Partnership Board

Welcome from Cllr David King, Armed Forces Champion

Colchester has had a garrison for many years, and we are proud of the links and traditions that come with that - they help make our city a special place to work and live.

As a civilian in the Ministry of Defence, I had time in NATO, the Royal College of Defence Studies, and with coalition forces in Iraq. That helped me understand the huge qualities of service personnel, the special nature of service life, and the challenges it brings for the families of service personnel.

Colchester is our shared home. We want you to love it like we do, through the tough as well as the good times.

The team and I are here to support you and your family and can advise on many issues, or try to put you in contact with someone who can.

Our continued commitment to the armed services is reflected in the council's Gold Standard award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. 

We are proud of our Gold Standard award, our Armed Forces and those that serve.

Get in touch


Our Armed Forces Member Champion is Cllr Roger Buston



Our Lead Officer is Lucie Breadman, Assistant Director of Communities


Our Officer contact is Chrissy Henegan, Communities team


Colchester Covenant Partnership Board


The Colchester Covenant Partnership Board has been established by bringing together all relevant partners including Colchester Garrison and Colchester Borough Council to oversee the development of the Covenant in Colchester.


What are we doing locally for the Armed Forces Community?

  • Encouraging local communities to support you and your involvement in the wider community
  • Encouraging activities, joint events and projects which help to integrate you into local life
  • Nurturing an understanding and awareness of issues affecting you and recognising sacrifices made by the Armed Forces
  • Training our staff and implementing appropriate policies to support you
  • Understanding your needs while developing services
  • Providing employment and training opportunities
  • Raising awareness of the challenges you face
  • Raising your awareness of what support is available to you
  • Understanding and supporting veterans

Essex Civil Military Partnership Board


Following the signing of the Essex Armed Forces Covenant on 6th November 2012, the Essex Civilian Military Partnership Board was established to fulfil the undertakings agreed under the Covenant, to tangibly improve the lives of all.


Colchester Borough Council is represented on this Board, along with public, private and voluntary sector partners to look at Essex-wide activities relating to the Armed Forces.

The Civilian Military Partnership Board is currently engaged in a comprehensive programme of work, focusing on:

  • Housing
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Employment and Skills
  • Promoting Integration

The Essex and Suffolk Military Herald is a useful publication that provides local Armed Forces related news and information.

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