Welcome to our Winners at this years English Veterans Awards 2020 – 2021!!


We would like to thank everyone who attended this years English Veterans Awards, held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Solihull on the 15th September 2021.  The Awards were sponsored by Hugh James and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity!

Well done to everyone who was 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!

Extremely thankful to have the support from the West Midlands Lieutenancy with Deputy Lieutenant Les Ratcliffe MBE TD DL in attendance.  We were very honoured and privileged to have Colonel Paul Gilby, Deputy Commander, 11 Signal and Lt Col ( Rtd) Richard Hackett Regional Director ABF The Soldiers’ Charity speak at the awards.  A Special Thanks also has to go to the  Corps of Drums of the Grenadier Guards who opened the Awards.

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

Some of the highlights of the night saw Tough Enough to Care take home two awards for the amazing work they are doing within our community, Richard Dorney MBE taking home our Lifetime achievement award and the fantastic Bernard Stonestreet  who became our Volunteer of the Year winner and our English Veterans Awards  Champion.

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 Winners are :


  • Veterans Awards Champion:  Bernard Stonestreet


Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc 

  • Winner – Tim Evers – Sapper Support
  • Silver – Ger Fowler – Veterans Crisis Sunderland
  • Bronze – Scott Lawson – The Cornwall College Group


Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ridgesteel

  • Winner – Stuart Bratt – Tough enough to Care
  • Silver – David Curtis – Everton in the Community
  • Bronze – AJ Roberts


The Community Awards – Sponsored by Mortgage Squared

  • Winner – Neil Jurd OBE
  • Silver – Stephen West – Forces Re-Engineered CIC
  • Bronze –  Nick Wilson – Talk Mental Health



Contribution to the English Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

  • Winner – Steve Whitmore
  • Silver – Graham O’Brien – BMF
  • Bronze – Simon Baverstock – Plyofit Elite Fitness


Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by  Company X Consulting 

  • Winner – Tough enough to Care
  • Silver – BMF  ( Be Military Fit)
  • Bronze – Veterans Growth


Leavers to Leaders Award  – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders

  • Winner -Lynn Roddy
  • Silver – Laurence Moore – Nomad CIC – Project RECCE
  • Bronze – Timothy Duncombe – Unite Telecom


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

  • Winner – Matthew Burrows – Self Build Heroes
  • Silver – Benjiman Sutton – Techulia
  • Bronze – Dougie Brimson – Red Bus Movies

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

  • Winner – FM Conway
  • Silver – FDM Group
  • Bronze – CXC ltd and Portsmouth NHS Trust

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Veteran Trees 

  • Winner – CXC Ltd
  • Silver – Unite Telecoms
  • Bronze – AJ Roberts Coaching & Sir Fix-a-lock Ltd


Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder International Magazine

  • Winner – Bernard Stonestreet
  • Silver – David Paul Swift
  • Bronze – Kerryanne Wild


Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Vigilance

  • Winner – Richard Dorney MBE
  • Silver – Bob Blanchard
  • Bronze – Nicola Batty

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Mortgage Squared

  • Winner – Andrew Lawson ( FDM Group)
  • Silver – Rochelle Gopee – NHS
  • Bronze – Ryan Edwards


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Shortlisted Finalists remember its you who inspire our future service leavers – Keep an eye out on Facebook for pictures of the evening coming soon over on our Facebook page!