To be the best alternative to Forces housing. To work with the Ministry of Defence to support serving personnel and their families by offering a unique alternative to military accommodation, facilitating military families to own their own property and be less reliant on service accommodation.
Meet the Team
Charlotte and Phoebe met at the wedding of mutual friends in December 2013. They are both military partners and extensively involved in military life. The idea for OFF THE PATCH first came about in 2017 following many conversations with military families about the struggles associated with service accommodation. Charlotte first mentioned the concept of a military to military lettings service to Phoebe early 2018. After much discussion, Phoebe and Charlotte decided to take the idea forward. After incorporating the company on 15 November 2018, and launching the website on 01 January 2019, OFF THE PATCH was born.
Charlotte is an OFF THE PATCH Director. She is a commercial solicitor and works for a boutique commercial law firm. She advises a broad range of clients from Start-Up businesses to FTSE 100 companies, so she understands the key legal and commercial aspects that OFF THE PATCH faces as a start-up company. Despite her work commitments as a solicitor, Charlotte wanted to be involved with OFF THE PATCH as she believes that it is a viable alternative which could benefit many families in the military community. Charlotte’s role at OFF THE PATCH is to support Phoebe with the commercial aspects, legal requirements and ensure that OFF THE PATCH complies with its regulatory duties. Charlotte’s partner is currently serving in the RAF.
Phoebe is an OFF THE PATCH Director. She is a natural entrepreneur and has built a personal property portfolio with her husband. She bought her first property aged 19 and has extensive experience as a landlord, managing rental properties. She is particularly involved with the RAF community. For the past 6 years Phoebe has worked on a military base providing higher education to service members. Phoebe has been involved in the starting up of the RAF Coningsby Women’s Institute, called The Blue Birds, and has built up a wide network of RAF personnel. Phoebe oversees the day-to-day running of OFF THE PATCH and is the point of contact for both tenants and landlords. Phoebe’s husband is currently serving in the RAF.
Jacqueline is as an OFF THE PATCH Agent in Lincolnshire, servicing property close to RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton. She has vast experience with Service Families Accommodation, the private retail sector and as a landlord owning her own property close to military bases. She is a working mother of three children. Jacqueline’s husband is currently serving in the RAF.
Kathryn is as an OFF THE PATCH Agent in North Yorkshire, servicing property close to Catterick Garrison, Marne Barracks, RAF Leeming and Alanbrooke Baracks. She has served as an Army Reservist for 17 years, consequently Kathryn has links to both the Army and RAF community and understands the unique needs of both. She is a working mother of two children. Kathryn’s husband is currently serving in the RAF.
Lara is as an OFF THE PATCH Agent in Lincolnshire, servicing property close to RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton. She has experience in the local the private retail sector and worked with the military in her previous role, before relocating to the area. Lara’s partner is currently serving in the RAF.
As members of the Forces community, we understand the unique housing needs and requirements of military families both as tenants and landlords.