Meet the Judges at the English Veterans Awards 2022

Jon Carter. Business Development Manager for Company X Consulting Ltd.

I am the BDM For Company X Consulting Ltd, a veteran owned Small to Medium Enterprise Consultancy, and previous winners of Business of the Year & Employer of the Year at the English Veterans Awards. I have worked alongside the military during my 20+ year career supporting MoD and Industry, before joining CXC Ltd in 2018.

My role as one of the 5 CXC Ltd Mgt Board members is head of all externally facing Business to Business and client relationships, lead for Strategy and Growth, and Head of Recruitment as a key element of this growth.

CXC Ltd has a strong affinity with the armed forces, services leavers and veterans, being a holder of a Gold Armed Forces covenant award and staffed by over 90% veterans across all 3 services. We actively support veteran organisations, a number of transition support functions (including Forces Transition Group, Officers Association and CTP), as well as sponsors of a number of Veteran focused causes and activities (including local sports, Women Into Employment, and the Royal Signals institute). We are there to support those service leavers who are considering a career in Consultancy with no obligation advice and guidance.


Hilary Hesbrook is the Supporter and Volunteer Engagement Lead for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. 

Hilary Hesbrook is the Supporter and Volunteer Engagement Lead for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  Portsmouth born and bred, Hilary has many connections to the naval service.  Her Great Grandfather was a Royal Marine and her step-father served in the Royal Navy. Hilary joined the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in 2011, and is responsible for providing help and support to those fundraising or volunteering for the charity.  The majority of the supporters are serving personnel or veterans who like to give something back.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal partner charity of the Royal Navy. Beneficiaries lie at the heart of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity’s purpose, it is the charity’s duty to remain focused on their needs. Since 2007, they have funded projects and facilities that boost morale for those who serve today. The charity also distributes millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.  In 2021, the charity formed a transition support team, whose aim is to assist those having to leave service earlier than expected, to ensure the best possible start to their civilian life.

Hilary is very much looking forward to helping judge the English Veteran’s Awards and hearing the inspirational stories of the nominees.



Darren Fuller – FDM Group – Regional Manager South, Ex Forces Programme

I am The Regional Manager South for FDM Groups Ex-Forces Programme, my day-to-day role sees me helping Ex-service personal of all ranks into successful careers within Tech or Business and continuing to support them whilst on that journey.

I had a full military career myself, spending over 20 years in The Parachute Regiment, those 20 years were some of the most exciting years of my life giving me memories that will last a lifetime. This time also helped me, gain considerable skills and experience that whilst at the time I might not have realised are highly sought after and transferable into the civilian job market. On leaving the forces in 2014 I settled in Colchester with my wife and children.

During the past 8 years I have stayed within the force’s community working for military charities gaining experience in employment, Fundraising, Governance and Welfare, before starting in my current role with FDM.

I’m really looking forward to being on the judging panel for the 2022 English Veterans Awards, to play a small part in Celebrating the talent and success that Ex-Forces bring to their communities is something I’m honoured to do.


Richard Dorney MBE, MStJ, MSc – Director Strongmind Resiliency Training 

Richard is the Director of Strongmind Resiliency Training. Strongmind provides training around Mental Health, Resilience and Trauma Risk Management to a wide range of organisations at home and abroad. The company specialises in supporting those in the toughest jobs from the NHS, police and many other public sector bodies. Strongmind is the lead provider of these services to the UK Government Campus. Our core team of trainers and admin staff are all veterans or military spouses.

Richard served almost 39 years in the British Army as a soldier, Warrant Officer and late Entry Officer. He was responsible for establishing the British Army Trauma Risk Management Training Team and was the subject lead for some years. He also worked in the Army Recovery Capability where he was responsible for the policy relating to wounded injured and sick personnel. Since leaving the Army in 2015 his company has trained thousands of public and private sector staff in mental health, trauma and resilience. He holds an MSc in War and Psychiatry and is himself a recipient of the English Veterans lifetime achievement award.

Nia-Wyn Evans  – Senior Associate Solicitor

I am a specialist military solicitor at Hugh James, based at our London office. I work within the military team representing serving and former military personnel.

Hugh James have proudly sponsored the Veteran Awards since its launch in 2019. I have been fortunate to be invited as a panel member for the awards since its launch and continue to be taken back by the incredible nominations submitted.

I look forward to further celebrating the success and contributions of the military community at the English Veterans Awards towards the end of this month.



Samuel T Ready, Entrepreneur, Director and Author:

Samuel T. Reddy is passionate about seeing the best in leaders. He is a visionary global leader, leadership transition strategist, author, researcher and an impact entrepreneur based in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Samuel is a multi award winning member of the British Armed Forces, an International Bestselling author of the book Leavers To Leaders, which has reached an Amazon #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.
He is the CEO of TriAtis Global Leadership, a UK based international training and development organisation specialising in career & leadership transition in 3 continents to keep Leaders relevant, rigorous and responsive. Samuel has taken part in various Shows and is a natural in front of the camera both as a guest and a host. One particular show recorded at University of Southampton Business School is the LOS Cast – a series of talks with business leaders on change, strategy and leadership. As an Inspirational Keynote Speaker he regularly speaks on the ‘3 L.O.S of Leadership’ & the ‘Leaders Operating System’. Samuel is also the co-founder of TriPotential CIC, a social enterprise set up to help the UK government have more cognitive diversity in the military & uniformed services. As a citizen of two commonwealth countries, Samuel believes strongly in sustainable leadership, and has aligned all his books & programmes to improve youth literacy in disadvantaged countries. He is the patron of ‘The Sugarcane Boy‘ Book Club to help children have a book to read at home.


 Amelia Davis – Paralegal within the military team at Hugh James

I am a Law student at Cardiff University and have recently completed a placement year with Hugh James. I work as a paralegal within the military team at Hugh James, assisting military and ex-military servicemen and women who have sustained injuries in service.

 My role at Hugh James has highlighted how difficult the transition from military to civilian life can be for some individuals. To gain additional experience and to apply this within the veteran community, I have recently completed my training as a SSAFA volunteer mentor, which will enable me to offer one-to-one support to recent service leavers.

 I am really excited to get involved with this year’s English Veteran Awards and hear all about the achievements of the finalists.

Jason Gillard – Director of Mercury Fitness and Founder of Veterans Awards Northern Ireland

Jason Gillard served 13 years in the Royal Signals as a Radio systems operator and PTI.
On leaving the army Jason moved into the close protection world as a CPO in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 2016, Jason started his business Mercury fitness NI which is an outdoor bootcamp and has gone on to be voted the No1 bootcmap at the Irish fitness awards in 2020.
He is also the organiser of the Veterans Awards NI.


English Veterans Awards – Shortlisted Filming day National Museum of the Royal Navy

What a fantastic day, Networking, presenting certificates and filming our amazing finalists at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth!
It was a true honour to meet our shortlisted Finalists for the English Veterans Awards in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – South East and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
All our team can’t wait to hear about your inspiring journeys on the evening itself!
Huge thanks to all the amazing team at the National Museum of the Royal Navy for making us feel so Welcome and for facilitating the filming and certificate giving day, John Scivier for his fantastic tour of HMS Victory, our sponsors from CXC Ltd, Leavers to Leaders, Strongmind Resiliency Training, RNRMC and BNI for presenting the certificates to our finalists.
We were very privileged for Lady Mayoress Marie Costa and Lord Mayor Hugh Mason attend and give out certificates to our finalists.
All our team are so excited to celebrate your success! Remember it’s you who act as role models for future service leavers!
Thanks to all our Sponsors, supporters and finalists who make this event every year the huge success it is!
Watch this space on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook for some of the shots from the day that will be released over the coming days and the videos will be released the week before our main awards ceremony that takes place on 7th September!

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the English Veterans Awards 2022!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years English Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Portsmouth on the 7th September 2022. The awards are in  support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had the most amount of applications received for any of our previous Veterans Awards in the UK 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 

Anna Vere
David Orwin
Paul Hughes
Jon Murray
Kelly Wilson
Edward Dean

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by GHN Property and Developments

Stu Bratt
Scott Mairr
Darren Parker
Ashley Winter
Chris Thrall
Anthony Malone


The Community Awards – Sponsored by Strong mind Resiliency Training

Brian Gregory
Benjiman Sutton
Matthew Ellmer
Anthony McDermott
Roy Newport
Gary Weaving



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


Sam Neil
Jack Hearn
Gavin Smith


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

Phoenix Heroes
Everton in the community
Burnley Football Club in the Community
Robert Jones And Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
We are with you
Tough Enough To Care
Anxious Minds


Leavers to Leaders Award  – Sponsored by BNI 

Kieron Yeoman
Kevin Jones
Johanna Hooper
Mark Thomas


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

Neil Jurd
Kieron Yeoman
Henry Waterfield
Tom Newey


Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Logistics and Security

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
With You With Me
FM Conway
RB Safety Consultants Ltd

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Veteran Trees 

Veterans In Crisis Community Interest Company
Stoic Events
Challenge Coins UK Ltd
RB Safety Consultants Ltd


Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder International Magazine

John Scivier
Cherie Thurston
Dawn Civill-Williams
Colin Gaylor
steven Mcdonald
Gina Allsop

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by FDM

John Scivier
Jack Hearn
Anthony Malone
Derek Cole

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Company X Consulting

Chris Margett
Peter Kelly
Carl Meyer


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 The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Friday 19th August. 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 and get to network with the other finalists, sponsors and dignitaries.  There is also the option to Look around the museum prior or after your filming and the amazing opportunity for a guided tour of the historic HMS Victory, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s Ship.  You will be able to explore every nook and cranny of HMS Victory, from The Great Cabin, where battle plans were drawn up, right through to the lower gun deck where you will catch a glimpse of what it was like to live and fight under Nelson.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 1st August and 14th August.

We are Charitable Not for Profit Organisation and all money above costs from our awards will put back into our  Veteran community via our small grants scheme for small grass routes charitable organisations  that support our veteran community and with a turnover of less than 100k per year. Details of this scheme will be released over the coming months. 

For more details please get in touch.