Meet the Judges at the Scottish Veterans Awards


Emma Davies,  Director of Joint Force Alba

Emma is the director for Joint Force Alba, the only Scottish ex-military recruitment consultancy. She is a Veteran herself, having served for 13 years in the British Army, working in tri-service and multi-national environments in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA. Alongside that, she developed a career in HR and recruitment in Scottish businesses, focusing on SMEs. She gained her Chartered membership of the CIPD in 2013 having had to pause her studies whilst serving in Afghanistan. She’s an ambassador for X-Forces Enterprise and a board member for military charity Lothian’s Veterans centre as well as being a wife to a fellow Army Veteran and mum to 2 young boys.

Roy McLellan, Employer Engagement Director – Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

My primary role within the business is meeting with employers to explain the benefits of employing Military Veterans / Reservists and the skills that they can bring to the workplace, promoting signing the Armed Forces Covenant and taking part in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encouraging them to show publicly their commitment as an employer.

I have seen countless times the benefits that these people can bring to the workplace with their military skills easily transferring to civilian life, I was very keen to join the judging panel to see the fantastic showcase of achievements that former military staff have undertaken since leaving the armed forces.

Nia-Wyn Evans  – Solicitor

I am a solicitor at Hugh James, now based at our London office. I work within the military team representing military and ex-military servicemen and women.

Whilst speaking with military and ex-military personnel on a daily basis I am all too familiar with the difficulties veterans can face when leaving service.  I wanted to join the judging panel for the Veteran Awards to celebrate those who have made a successful transition from military to civilian life, whilst also assisting veterans who have faced difficulties when returning to civilian life as part of my role as a solicitor.

I have been fortunate to sit on the judging panel for the Welsh and English Veteran Awards 2019, I am looking forward to join the judging panel for the Scottish Veteran Awards this year and to hear all about the shortlisted finalists.

 John Gillie – Briefer/Liason Officer ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The role encompasses briefing a wide range of audiences both military and civilian on the work of the Charity to encourage support to regional fundraising, provision of fundraising support to the Regional Office and Events, including organising events, establishing and maintaining key relationships with Army units both Regular and Reserve and continual development of our volunteer fundraising.

John has recently completed a 39 year exemplary career in the Army. He feels so privileged and honoured having accepted the role as LO(Sc) only 4 weeks ago. He is looking forward to the many challenges the role will bring where he hopes he can “give a little back” to a service which has provided him with so much. 

He is married to his wife of 32 years Sherrilyn with 3 sons, Liam (29), Danny (27) &  Ewen (22) all currently building their own careers. As a close family who enjoy socialising together & passionate about living life to the full.

“I was very pleased to be asked to be panel member especially as a Military Veteran Myself, I’m looking forward to celebrating the success of our Military Veteran Community in Scotland on the night itself along with those companies that support us”

Scottish Veterans Awards – Shortlisted Filming day Edinburgh Castle

February 26th saw the Production Company Leek and Potato film our amazing shortlisted finalists from within the iconic and historic Edinburgh Castle!

It was a true honour for our team to meet our shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland.  During the morning the all shortlisted nominees were issued with their finalist certificates by the Awards founder Mr Sean Molino BCA, Nia- Wyn Evans (Hugh James) John Gillie (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity) Malcolm Robinson (Pathfinder International Magazine) and Emma Davies (Joint Force Alba) .

All our team can’t wait to hear about your inspiring journeys on the evening itself – April 1st Village Hotel Edinburgh Sponsored by TMT Construction

Huge thanks to all the amazing team at Edinburgh Castle and The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland for facilitating the filming and the fantastic production company Leek and Potato Productions.

All our team are so excited to celebrate your success!

Remember it’s you who act as role models for future service leavers!

Keep an eye out for the finalist videos that will hit your screens on the week prior to the Awards Ceremony!

Ticket sales close February 28th!

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists at the Scottish Veterans Awards 2020!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Scottish Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Edinburgh on the 1st April 2020. Sponsored by  TMT Construction and Veterans Employment & Training Solutions (V.E.T.S) and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had 100’s of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.

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.

Our Finalists are :


Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc Embroidery and Print 

Suzanne Fernando MBE BCAh
Brett Townsley BCA Omniscient Safety Innovations
Garry Cowan Sight Scotland Veterans
Ross Crockart Skyrora
Les Mason
James Renwick

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ridge Steel

Jeff Willaims Veterans United Against Suicide
Jason Hare Horesback UK
Peter Stewart Aberkil
Dean Stott
Chris Gillan Heroes Drinks


The Community Awards – Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

Marc Hutton Edinburgh Walking Group
Colin Butcher
Alan Deans
John Bradley
Jim Strachan Poppy Scotland
Graham Brash Edinburgh Airport
Fiona Laing

Contribution to the Scottish Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by (V.E.T.S) Veterans Employment & Training Solutions

John Owens MOD
Peter Stewart CTC Grampian
Charlie Brister Be Military Fit

Contribution to the Scottish Sport – Sponsored by TMT Construction

Bill Little Scotfilms
Gary Holt Falkirk FC
Chris Paterson


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

Gavin Neate Neatebox
Darren Philpson Four one Safety Solutions
Mark Laird Lairds of Troon


Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

Royal Bank of Scotland
RB safety Consultants Ltd
Lothian Buses


Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

LCS Embroidery Ltd
Lairds of Troon
Omniscient Safety Innovations
Military Fitness Training


Volunteer of the Year –  Terrestres Servo Coronas

Jeff Williams Veterans United Against Suicide
Mark Harper The Veterans Garden
Colin Butcher
David Curruthers Sight Scotland Veterans

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by TMT Construction

John Owens MOD
Suzanne Fernando MBE BCAh
William Howieson Edinburgh Napier University


The Winners will be chosen by our independent Judging Panel, The Judging panels names and profiles will be released over the coming weeks.

Our Shortlisted  finalists will be filmed in the fantastic Location of Edinburgh Castle on Wednesday 26th February, these  Videos will then be used on our extensive media campaign and will also be played on the evening itself, you will also receive your finalist certificate on this fantastic morning.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 3rd February – 14th February. If we have any remaining tickets left they will then go on sale to our supporters and the General public.

For more details please get in touch.