The Team


Alison Strachan – Chairman.  Alison is Bindery Director of Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd and has worked there for 25 years.  Through her work at Shepherds, she became closely involved in the running of the BBV courses     and has been chairing the BBV committee for three years.    



Lady Sally Gregory –  Volunteer. 

Having ‘lived the military life’ for over 35 years, I have a strong feel for some of the challenges faced by servicemen and women leaving the services and am keen to help those who need some assistance.  As a teacher and craft lover, I also find book binding as therapeutic as those who I instruct on the basic introductory sessions.                                                                                             



Jonathan Powell – Treasurer.  A former army officer with 40 years service who, with Rob Shepherd the  Managing Director of Shepherds Bookbinding, founded the charity Bound by Veterans. He now works full time as a bookbinder.




Wendy Lagden. Wendy enjoyed a full career in the Royal Navy (RN) before becoming interested in bookbinding. She soon became involved with Bound by Veterans, attending the courses available then taking on the position of Course Administrator. Along with all the work involved in administering courses Wendy found time to continue her studying towards achieving her C&G Level 3 Diploma in hand bookbinding. This she did with flying colours, achieving a “Distinction of the highest level”. She has been instrumental in generating significant donations to BBV through the Tesco Community Grants.



Paul Wilson. As a former soldier, serving from 1975-1985, I recognise the importance of the work that Bound By Veterans is doing. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, of which I have the honour this year ( 2022-2023) to be the Under Warden, is, together with other City of London livery companies, a strong supporter of the charity’s work .




  • Robert East – Communications Manager
  • Andy Harrison – Webmaster
  • Wendy Lagden – WIS Training Administrator
  • Nicole Lander – Fundraising Consultant
  • Mylyn McColl – Principal Tutor