New chairman Jan plans to help Legion to assist more veterans

Royal British Legion Scotland chairman Jan Harvey
Royal British Legion Scotland chairman Jan Harvey

A Grangemouth great grandmother has made history once again to become the first female chairman of Royal British Legion Scotland.

Jan Harvey was promoted to the post earlier this year at the Legion’s annual conference in Perth and the former service woman – she served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps in the late 1950s – is taking the opportunity to make even more people aware of the RBLS and its vital role in supporting veterans.

Jan said: “I’m very honoured to take up the role. It’s going to be challenging but I’m looking forward to it.”

Being in charge is nothing new to Jan, who was the first woman elected to be chairman of Grangmeouth British Legion and in 2012 became the first ever female elected to the post of vice chairman of the RBLS.

The new role will mean a lot more travelling for Jan, but she is no stranger to that either, having visited Russia earlier this year with a group of convoy veterans.

She said: “I was in Thurso the other day and I’m going to Kirkwall branch soon to get our message across to as many people as possible. I will hopefully be in the post for three years so I’ve set my own targets and goals.

“One is to help even more service people and another is raising awareness of RBLS and what we do.”

Since taking on the role of vice chairman of RBLS three years ago Jan has been trying to modernise the Legion and get rid of years of public misconceptions over its image to help the RBLS enter a new era with a modern outlook.

At the time she said: “We need to market the charity a little differently. At the moment we have the image of the old man sitting in the club.

“We have a lot of young veterans now who should be encouraged to take advantage of the help, support and comradeship the Legion can offer.”

Jan said she believes the Legion is still relevant in today’s society and will strive to carry on driving this point home now she holds the top job.