Stuart Cowen served in the army for over thirty years with the Household Cavalry, deploying on operations including UN Peace-Keeping, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also involved in State Ceremonial – planning and participating in the Golden and Diamond Jubilees and Royal Weddings. Since leaving the services, he has focused in advising on philanthropy for corporates and individuals.
He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in grant-making through Trusts and Foundations, both family and corporate structures. When commanding the Household Cavalry, he restructured the wide and complex network of trusts and endowed funds into a single Foundation providing more focused support to soldiers, operational casualties and their dependents, veterans, the regiment’s heritage and equine welfare.
Leaving military service in 2015, he was brought in to lead the charitable foundation of a FTSE 100 property company, developing its philanthropic vision and activity as part of its CSR strategy of the company. In 2018, he moved to an international philanthropic consultancy.
Stuart was commissioned into the army after leaving school. He attended the Army Staff College, received an MA from Cranfield University and an MBA from Said Business School, at the University of Oxford.
As well as being a Director of the Rank Foundation, he is Chairman of the Rank Prize Funds, supporting research into Opto-electronics and Nutrition. He is a senior advisor with Global Philanthropic Consultancy, and a Director and Vice Chairman of Guards Polo Club.
Outside work, has a deep fondness for the countryside, equine and field sports. He lives in Hampshire with his wife Lizzie and two children, and enjoys studying history and travelling.