National Advisory Board

Jan Barton, chair of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board

During the visit of the National Advisory Board to Bermuda in September 2019, the Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomed a new leader to the helm of the NAB, Jan Barton. A member of the NAB since 2009 and former vice-chair, Barton replaces outgoing chair Andrew Lennox.

“The Canada and Bermuda Territory is indebted to Andrew Lennox for his dedication, commitment and leadership,” says Lt-Colonel John P. Murray, secretary for communications. “He has served Canadians through The Salvation Army as an executive volunteer for 25 years and as chair of the NAB for the past 10. His visionary leadership, wisdom, and goal of helping the Army be as effective as possible will be a lasting legacy.”

In recognition of his contributions, Lennox was awarded The Salvation Army’s international Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service by the Army’s international leader, General Brian Peddle, during the British Columbia Divisional Congress and Commissioning Weekend in June.

As she takes on the role of chair, Barton says she feels “humbled and honoured.” She brings a wealth of professional experience to the NAB, having served in executive leadership roles for several decades. She is currently sector vice-president, human resources, electro-optical (L3Harris), a technology company that is best known for making heat-sensing cameras, often used by military and law enforcement.

As a member of the NAB, Barton has made a number of important contributions. Working with a team, Barton helped develop the Army’s Performance Excellence and Coaching Program (PEAC), a performance evaluation and improvement structure for officers and employees. She was also involved in a project developing policies around employee compensation, ensuring internal pay equity and external competitiveness. In addition, she has shared her expertise concerning various leadership development initiatives and worked on developing a white paper on the role and function of the NAB and how its task teams and advisory committees interrelate with each other.

As Chair of the NAB, Barton hopes to “help identify those things that are strategically important to the Army” and focus on “the vital few things that will make the biggest difference.” She adds, “When you have a hand-off like this, when a leader changes, it’s an opportunity to step back and look at what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and shape it in the best way possible for all of the people involved. I’m very grateful for The Salvation Army. I thoroughly enjoy my time working with the organization.”

Speaking on behalf of the Army, Lt-Colonel Murray says he is confident that Barton will have a positive impact as chair of the NAB. “Her warm personal leadership style, coupled with her desire to engage and support the Army’s mission through the NAB, will be valued and appreciated by leadership and those whom we serve.”