EDIT (20 Feb) - The MOD is now denying that the payoff went to a member of the defence board - the defence blog claims "The article also suggests that the individual who received the latter bonus may be a member of the Defence Board. There is no truth to this last suggestion."
This author is trying to work out which civil servant could qualify for an £85K bonus who wasn't on the Defence Board at the time.
What this author found more frustrating was the lack of clear support from senior military and political figures to stand up for the CS - he strongly suspects that had the Army been attacked for pay or allowances, then a strong and robust defence would have been mounted of their case. What is frustrating is that either no one came into bat for the CS, or that they were prepared to do so, but that no media organisation was interested in carrying it. Either way, it is little wonder that many CS appear to have such low morale at the moment when their own senior leadership seem to show no inclination to stand up for their workforce.