Welcome to our English Veterans Awards Winners!

We would like to thank everyone who attended this years English Veterans Awards, held at the Mercure Holland House Bristol on 25th September 2019. The Awards were sponsored by Barratt Developments and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity!

Well done to everyone who were shortlisted as finalists, we had a huge amount of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations, you are all doing amazing things in your relevant fields and you should be so proud of your achievements!

A huge thanks to the Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and Brigadier M P Christie OBE. The Brigadier kindly spoke at our Awards evening. Thank you to the fantastic Support given by the Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, Shenkin IV the Goat Major and of course the Troops from the Household Division.

We are so thankful to all our supporters, volunteers and sponsors who helped put this together!

The highlight of the night saw former Special Forces Major Ken Hames MBE win the Inspiration of the Year Award and become our Very First English Veterans Awards Champion!

During the night £2,000 was raised for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and £270 for the Welsh Guards Charity! This means that a fantastic £4,000 has been raised in total for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and £470 for the Welsh Guards Charity so far this year!

Remember we are here to help and support all Veterans that are doing great things, please get in touch if you have any news or projects your working on that benefit our community and we can arrange a post via social media!

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ridge Steel

  • Major Ken Hames MBE    -Community Self Build Agency – Gold

  • Anthony Lock                    -Author Broken by War – Silver

  • Martin Diver                      -Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Bronze


Role Model of the Year – Sponsored by Print Inc 

  • Samuel T Reddy    – Tri Exforces ltd – Gold

  • Duncan Smith        – TFL Training/ Pegasus Awards CIC – Silver

  • Martin Hunt           – MPCT – Bronze


The Community Award- Sponsored by Royal Educare

  • Terry Morley                       – Groundwork MSST – Gold

  • Darren Horsnell                   – Veterans in Communities – Silver

  • Brian Richardson MBE       – MPCT – Bronze


Contribution to the English Fitness Industry and Society 

  • Cain Leathem           –  GB Fitness – Gold

  • James Boardman     –  The Dad Coach – Silver

  • Robbie Harris           – Gymit – Bronze


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

  • Sandra Murphy     –  Equidiet UK Ltd – Gold

  • Richard Gwilliam  –  Geollect Ltd – Silver

  • Steve Thornton      – Forces Cars Direct Ltd – Bronze


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Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by David Wilson Homes

  • Dave Beresford      -Weston College – Gold

  • John Scivier            -Veterans Outreach Support- Silver

  • Robert Ferguson   – Royal Marines Association – Bronze

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by 360 Well- being

  • Company X Consulting Ltd – Gold

  • Services to Film – Silver

  • FM Conway – Weston College – Bronze


Business Leader of the Year- Sponsored by Venture Risks Ltd

  • Richard Gwilliam   – Geollect Ltd – Gold

  • Samuel T Reddy    – Tri Exforces ltd – Silver

  • Steve Thornton      – Forces Cars Direct Ltd – Bronze

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Terrestres Servo Coronas

  • Tim Evers BCA               – Sapper Support – Gold

  • Mr Alan Thomas MBE  – SSAFA – Silver

  • Jeff Williams                  – Veterans United Against Suicide – Bronze

  • Elizabeth Davies            – Veterans in Communities – Bronze

Veterans Business of the Year Award –

  • Forces Cars Direct – Gold

  • Company X Consulting Ltd – Silver

  • Ravenwood Locksmiths Ltd – Bronze

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Contribution to English Sport & Society- Sponsored by  Barratt Homes – Honorary Award,

Mr Terry Brazier

Terry served with the Irish Guards joining in 2008 before transferring to the Fantastic Guards Parachute Platoon attached to the 3rd battalion parachute regiment.  Shortly after his tour of Afghanistan Op Herric 13.  He Started training in Mixed Martial Arts ( MMA ) As an amateur he had a fantastic career and won Multiple titles in various weight categories. He made his professional debut late 2015 and since then has been working his way up the ranks winning several World titles on the biggest shows in Europe, now fighting on one of the biggest shows in the world “Bellator” and making a statement climbing to the top to be the best in the world .

Brigadier Mark P Christie OBE – To Open The English Veterans Awards 2019


We are extremely proud to announce that Brigadier Mark P Christie OBE will be attending to talk at the English Veterans Awards.

Brigadier Christie was born in 1965 in Aldershot, Hampshire, the son of a serving Army Officer. He was educated at St John’s Beaumont and then Douai school and from there, following a gap year, he entered RMAS firstly onto Rowallan Company and then onto SMC 872 and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1987.

He completed his initial Platoon Command tour in 1 PARA (1988-89), and followed this with a tour as a Recruit Platoon Commander at Depot PARA (1990-91). From Depot PARA he became ADC to GOC 1st (UK) Armd Div in Germany in 1992, followed by a tour as a Captain Instructor on the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course and then Officer Commanding Sniper Division, both at the School of Infantry in Warminster. He returned to Regimental Duty as Adjutant 2 PARA in 1994 before becoming OC Bruneval (Patrols) Company and then Battalion Surveillance Officer on promotion to Major.

He attended ACSC1 in 1997 before becoming SO2 G3 Trg/EPS in HQ ARRC for his initial staff appointment, switching to SO2 G3 Ops as the HQ deployed to Kosovo/Macedonia in 1999. After his staff appointment he returned again to 2 PARA as OC D Company in 2000 and then moved to 3 PARA in 2003 as Battalion 2i/c.

On promotion to Lt Col he left 3 PARA and moved for a year to become SO1 J7 Trg at PJHQ before assuming command of 1 PARA in 2005. During his command tour he took 1 PARA into the SFSG role the following year and then left in 2007 to become an Instructor on ACSC and then SO1 Campaigning at the JSCSC.

From there he moved to HQ ISAF in Kabul as an acting Colonel to become Director Combined Joint Operations Centre for nine months before assuming the appointment of AD WARDEV in the LWDG in Apr 2010.

He was posted from there to Kenya as Commander BATUK in March 2012 for two years before returning to France as ACOS Ops in the French Rapid Reaction Corps for a year.

From there he was selected for promotion and as Defence Advisor to Kenya in February 2015 and he moved to assume this appointment in October following DA training.

Brigadier Christie has operational experience in Northern Ireland (1988-2005), Kosovo (1999), Macedonia (2001), Iraq (2003, 2006-7) and Afghanistan (2002, 2006-7, 200910).

He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for operational service as OC D Coy 2 PARA in Afghanistan and the OBE in 2007 as CO 1 PARA for SFSG implementation.

He has the following qualifications: PSC (J) +, MA Def Tech, Military Parachutist (UK, US and GE), Sniper, Sniper Instructor, JLLRP and WPC Commander.

He has been married to Clair, a qualified and practising Emergency Nurse Practitioner, since 1990 and has four children, two sets of twins, boys aged 22 and girls aged 19.

He is a fanatical but now largely aspirational rugby player, a reasonably good runner and very keen amateur archaeologist.