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About The White Ensign Association

The White Ensign Association is a registered charity founded jointly by the Royal Navy and the City of London in 1958.

For over 60 years we’ve been providing free, impartial advice for all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their families.

The Association was set up to provide a financial advisory service of the highest calibre for all serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Queen Alexandra’s Naval Nursing Service, the former Women’s Royal Naval Service, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their respective Reserves and families. Over the years the role has developed and expanded to include the provision of assistance in resettlement and Employment in civilian life. The Association is now firmly established as one of the prime links between the Royal Navy, the City, Commerce and Industry.

Today The White Ensign Association offers one to one guidance and referrals in all matters of personal finance, 2nd careers, business start-up, personal administration and any general welfare issue. If we cannot help you we will ensure that the White Ensign Association puts you in touch with an organisation that can.

The organisation is run by a small executive Staff operating from offices on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London. The staff visit Royal Navy and Royal Marines establishments and units throughout the United Kingdom on a regular basis to provide support, guidance and advice in the form of Lectures and personal interviews.

How we help

The current Objects of The White Ensign Association are:
To assist and promote the interests of those who are serving or have at any time served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, in any Royal Naval or Royal Marine Reserve, or in the former Women’s Royal Naval Service or Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, and their families through the provision of:

1. General guidance and referrals on all aspects of personal finance.

2. Information & guidance on employment and business start-up.

3. Advice and information on resettlement and civilian transition.

4. Advice and assistance on personal administration and general welfare matters.

In sum, the role of The White Ensign Association embraces a wide range of personal advice and assistance available for all those serving, as well as retired personnel and their dependants. Assistance on all matters of personal finance is provided within the constraints of the Financial Services Act.

The White Ensign Association uses its panel of professional advisors to provide specific financial advice including personal pensions whilst The White Ensign Association Employment Services provides help and advice for both those leaving the Naval Service and those having left now seeking further employment. These services also include access to our network of contacts within industry and commerce and volunteer Mentors and Advisors.

It’s great to have an informal yet experienced ‘ear’ to discuss matters with. It is very difficult to find such a thing as an impartial advisor.

Search and Rescue winchman, HMS Nelson