TRUK becomes official
First UK led deliberate operation
First UK led domestic operation
First UK led response operation
Largest scale TR international response operation
THIRTY-SIX HOURS AFTER A 7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HIT NEPAL IN APRIL 2015, A TEAM FROM TEAM RUBICON USA WAS EN ROUTE TO KATHMANDU.
Not long after their arrival, a team of British Armed Forces veterans, including Gurkhas, began preparations to join them for Operation: Tenzing. This became Team Rubicon United Kingdom (TR UK) working alongside TR USA to support those impacted by the quake.
GENERAL SIR NICK PARKER, FORMER COMMANDER OF BRITISH LAND FORCES AND BOARD MEMBER OF TEAM RUBICON GLOBAL, PUT OUT A CALL TO ACTION ASKING UK VETERANS TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND SKILLS TO PROVIDE AID IN NEPAL.
He quickly pulled together an impressive roster of men and women focused on providing medical aid, search and rescue support, and translation assistance in several remote regions of Nepal.
In the following months Team Rubicon UK was officially established as a charity in the UK and by the end of the year had responded to further calls for assistance from both the UK and abroad.
STATEMENT BY TRUSTEES
Over the past 8 weeks we have been helping the UK fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We have completed multiple tasks, and with over 5,500 new subscribers, our staff and volunteers continue to work around the clock to support the UK’s frontline services and vulnerable communities. Last year we deployed teams to some of the most challenging natural disasters in the world to bring life-saving support to thousands of people. This small, young charity is going from strength to strength and our unique capabilities are proving invaluable in the voluntary sector.
We have now decided, in agreement with Team Rubicon Inc. to complete our rebrand to RE:ACT. We will always be grateful to the founders of Team Rubicon, Jake Wood and William McNulty, for giving us the platform to start up our charity. There is now an opportunity to enhance the next stage in our development and capitalise on the experiences we have gained on international and domestic deployments. We are developing a capability that is tuned to the needs of international disasters and maximises the talents and culture of our extraordinary volunteers. We will always strive to work closely with any organisation that has grown from the Team Rubicon ethos.
In recent days, allegations of misconduct by a staff member in July 2019, have been made public. The organisation takes these types of allegations seriously, and an investigation was completed at the time by three independent trustees. The Chair of the investigation is a barrister with extensive experience of investigating, prosecuting and defending allegations of sexual misconduct in the United Kingdom. The findings of the investigation exonerated the staff member. A Serious Incident Report was raised and details of the investigation, and action, were submitted to the Charities Commission who were satisfied with the findings. The full investigation is available here.
It is regrettable that there is still an ongoing dispute between the founders of Team Rubicon which is the subject of civil litigation in the US. It was this that first caused us to alert the Charities Commission to the licence implications in February 2017. By rebranding now, with an agreement, we are able to mitigate any risk to our operational effectiveness and reputation and move on.