Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE joined the Royal Marines in September 1961 and retired in April 1995. In the intervening 34 years he won Navy caps for Hockey and Squash, ran a London marathon, sailed the Atlantic, commanded four troops, one company, 45 Commando and 3 Commando Brigade. He was Representative Colonel Commandant from 1998-2002.
Since retiring he has been closely involved with several military charities. In August 2014 he completed a South Downs Yomp walking the 100 miles of The South Downs Way for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund raising £5,500.
Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Southby-Tailyour OBE served for 32 years in the Royal Marines including 13 winters in the Norwegian arctic developing the use of raiding craft for commando operations. He served as a company commander in the Dhofar war for which he was awarded the Sultan’s Bravery Medal prior to which he had been attached to the French Commando Hubert. He commanded the Falkland Islands detachment in the late 1970s, while charting many of the 15,000 miles coastline for which he was voted Yachtsman of the Year. In 1982 he was the navigation adviser to the command while commanding the Task Force Landing Craft Squadron.
On retirement, among many other exploring voyages, he supported three climbing expeditions to Greenland using his yacht that he had had specially built for such purposes. During these voyages he surveyed the last five uncharted fjords in north-west Iceland. Currently he is working on his 15th book, most of which have an amphibious theme.
Alan Olding joined the Royal Marines in 1961. Following his training he joined 40 CDO, he subsequently moved to Royal Marines Poole on special duties. There followed a further period of active service.
During this period he completed both junior and senior command courses with distinction grades. Prior to leaving the Corps Alan set up a a very successful business and he built a strong footprint in the business sector.
Alan currently works with a small team of professional people involved in planning matters, simultaneously assisting military charities through his work with Team 65 Degrees North.
65 Degrees North were joined by 5 injured Royal Marines and 5 female Police Officers from South Wales Police and collectively became one team ...'Team Kili'!
Team Kili successfully 'Conquered Kili' and raised funds for the Royal Marines Charity, which provides a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.
Changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ 65DN aim to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.
Conquering Kili was undertaken to promote disability awareness and recognise the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Many sufferers do not recognise their symptoms or realise they are treatable, others try to hide it because they feel ashamed and as a consequence their situation deteriorates.
PTSD is a normal reaction to extreme trauma and it is vital to de-stigmatise this condition in order for sufferers to seek early diagnosis and treatment.