About the RLC Foundation
The Royal Logistic Corps Foundation was established in 2015 by the The Royal Logistic Corps with the purpose of promoting professional excellence within the Corps, with the emphasis on creating strong professional relationships with organisations from the wider logistics community in industry, academia, professional bodies and the professional media. It is part of the RLC Association Trust, a registered charity.
What We Do
- Sponsoring, facilitating and organising events of interest to RLC soldiers and officers and our commercial and academic partners. These include seminars, ‘round-table’ events, demonstrations and visits to military units and commercial company locations. It also includes supporting external events with expert military speakers
- Creation and publication of thought leadership through a variety of media: The RLC Review and separate, occasional white papers, plus web-hosted activities such as webinars
- Bespoke events, including those requested by RLC units and individual corporate members, to examine specific issues or topics
- Sponsoring and supporting competitions aimed at stimulating professional discussion and debate
- Organising prizes and awards that recognise military logistic and professional development excellence
- Administering other military logistics awards on behalf of other entities which support the purpose of The RLC Foundation
- Providing appropriate links to civilian employment opportunities in the logistics and related sectors, for the benefit of RLC regular personnel in career transition, our reservists and for our retired officers and soldiers
- Creation of networking events to support transition planning
- Provide a portal for the RLC retired community to retain or re-generate professional relationships with the serving RLC, enabling them to bring their additional skills and experience back into the community
The RLC is the Army’s professional logistics organisation. It is the largest corps in the Army, with 11,000 regular and 5,000 reserve officers and soldiers and is organised into logistic regiments with a national footprint covering all parts of the UK, plus some overseas bases. In addition to our own regiments, RLC soldiers and officers serve in most other units across the Army, providing trade expertise, and provide higher-level logistic planning expertise that is integral to the Army’s major headquarters, within DE&S and PJHQ and within MoD Main Building. There are 12 trade specialisms within the Corps, shown in the table below:
The RLC Foundation Board
The RLC Foundation has its own governance and leadership structure. Its board is chaired by Major General (Ret’d) David Shouesmith and comprises senior serving RLC officers, heads of RLC trades and representatives from our industry partners. As well as providing overall governance and strategic direction to the Foundation, the Board’s breadth of expertise enables it to continually monitor and evaluate changes in both the Army and the commercial logistics sector and adapt the Foundation’s activities to ensure they remain appropriate and relevant.