Meet the Judges at the Welsh Veterans Awards 2023


Phillip Morgan – Sales Manager for Bridgend Audi, part of the Sinclair Group

I am the Sales Manager for Bridgend Audi, part of the Sinclair Group. I have been at Bridgend Audi for some 20 years, previously working with other brands within the motor trade sector following my 7-year service in the HM forces (Army). I have four Grandchildren and live in Bridgend.

We service, maintain and retail all types of Audi from the Audi A1 to the new all electric Audi Etron GT RS. Bridgend Audi was recognised as the Number 1 Approved Centre in the UK in 2021 and consistently comes in the top 10 for the industry recognised Q Power. We take extreme pride in our position within the community and see supporting the Veteran’s Awards as a great union for us.

Bridgend Audi was first involved with the Veterans Awards in 2020, I was present at the 2022 and have been truly inspired by the outstanding efforts and contributions of everyone involved. To see some of the endeavours and accomplishments of the ex-service personnel is remarkable. I am really excited to be participating in the judging panel this year and meeting and learning about the 2023 finalists.

Francesca Bamsey – Senior Associate Solicitor

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

I am delighted to be part of the Welsh Veterans Awards Judging Panel this year. Since it’s launch in 2019, my firm Hugh James have been proud sponsors of the Veterans Awards and I have attended the majority of the events held in Wales, England and Scotland and I was honoured to be asked to present an award at the Scottish Veterans Awards in April 2023.

I am looking forward to hearing the inspiring stories and recognising the fantastic achievements of our finalists this year and celebrating their success at the Welsh Veterans Awards in July.


Kathryn Wing, Director of Quality and Compliance Director at the Educ8 Training Group

Kathryn Wing is the Director of Quality and Compliance at the Educ8 Training Group, who offer a range of fully-funded Apprenticeship Programmes across Wales.  Educ8 are proud sponsors of the Veteran Owned Business Award, a fantastic category showcasing a range of inspirational businesses and passionate business owners.

“This is the second year I have represented the Educ8 Group on the judging panel and I continue to be inspired by the individuals and organisations nominated.  The contribution veterans make to the Welsh economy should not be under-estimated.  The nominations have been of an exceptionally high standard and the winners deserve to highlighted as a group, determined to give something back to their community”


Lisa Rawlings  – Regional Armed Forces Covenant Liaison Officer, Gwent

I am the Regional Armed Forces Covenant Liaison Officer for the 5 local authorities that constitutes Gwent. A role I have had for the past six years and one that I enjoy immensely. I am also the vice chair of VAPC Wales and co-run 2 veteran hubs with a third to open this year.

I spent 25 years in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Operations Manager, from which I served worldwide. I have 2 daughters, Scarlett (17) and Holly (23).

I have followed the Veteran Awards since its inception and last year I was fortunate to win the Role Model of the Year and Overall Champion 2022. I look forward to reading all the amazing work that is ongoing in Wales.


Peter Davies – Army Veteran, Business Owner, Regional Director, Wales (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity).

Peter Davies is a former long-serving British soldier and a fifth-generation member of a family with a proud Army tradition. With over 23 years of regular service in the British Army, Peter has a deep appreciation for the mission of the Veterans Awards.

Currently serving as a Regional Director for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in Wales, Peter is passionate about promoting its work and engaging with a diverse range of audiences to raise support and funds for those in need. In 2016, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours military list, recognizing his outstanding service to the British Army.

In addition to his work with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Peter is also a director of Gum Blitzer Ltd, an external commercial cleaning company that provides top-quality services to businesses in the UK. He takes pride in leading a team that is dedicated to delivering exceptional results and maintaining strong relationships with clients.

Outside of work, Peter is an avid adventurer and loves to take on new challenges. He has completed the Toughest Footrace on Earth, the Marathon des Sables, along with over 100 marathons worldwide. He has also cycled in America and the French Alps, trekked to Everest Base Camp and Mount Toubkal, and recently trekked 100km across the Sahara & Jordanian deserts and climbed the highest mountain in Jordan, Um Dami. He believes in living life to the fullest and making the most of every opportunity.

As a judge for the Welsh Veterans Awards, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He understands the challenges faced by veterans and their families and is committed to recognizing and celebrating their contributions and achievements.



Nicholas Ledingham – Chief Operating Officer, Credas Technology Ltd, Cardiff

Nicholas is a former Royal Navy Artificer and Officer

Since leaving the Navy I have held board level positions in multiple industry sectors, leading multi-national and multi-cultural teams across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Having experienced first-hand the breadth of talent that exists in our Armed Forces, I am proud to be able to join in recognising the achievements and initiatives of the 2023 finalists. As a leader within one of leading tech ventures in Wales, I am pleased to support the Welsh Veterans Awards.



Colonel David Hammond – Head of engagement RFCA Wales

David is a former regular Army Commanding Officer.

Since leaving the Army in 2007 he has operated at board level in the overseas security and sustainable energy sectors, where amongst other things, he has raised funding for a broad portfolio of overseas energy-related projects, as well as overseeing Intellectual Property Rights development programmes and business start-ups.  Currently, in the UK he is the head of engagement for the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’  Association for Wales.

Away from work he has been actively involved within the voluntary sector. He was Commandant of the Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force from 2012-2015 and Colonel Cadets for Wales from 2015 to 2019. He is the chair of trustees for the veterans charity Valley Veterans, based in the Rhondda; is chair of the business advisory group to the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS); is Chair of the Army Cadets Charitable Trust (ACCT) Cymru/Wales, and is a trustee of the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust (MSTC).


Jack Dickinson – Solicitor, Hugh James

I am a military solicitor at Hugh James, based at our head office in Cardiff. I specialise in providing legal representation and legal services for veterans and currently serving members of the armed forces.

I am also involved with various groups in the veterans community, and fundraising for key veterans charities.

Hugh James have proudly sponsored the Veterans Awards since 2019, and I have seen the awards grow from strength to strength. I look forward to meeting all the finalists and celebrating the difference they have made,

and their incredible achievements after transitioning to civilian life.


Clive Hamilton – MD  Pinnacle Complete Office Solutions 

I am a Navy Veteran serving for 6 years with the RFA in the 80`s and a Falklands veteran.

Currently the Group MD of Pinnacle Complete Office Solutions where we are proud Silver Armed Forces Covenant holders and proud to support our Armed Forces & Veterans Communities as best we can.

I am also currently a Trustee with Woody`s Lodge serving as Co.Chair to the Board of Trustees which I passionately support their work in caring, supporting and signposting our Veterans, Reservists & Blue Light Emergency Services.

As a past nominee for the Welsh Veterans Awards I am  honoured to be part of their journey in highlighting how great the Veterans Community is in Wales.



Pip Lee-Woolf MRICS, Commercial Manager at Vigilance

I started my career working for various commercial property consultancies within London, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2015, before joining Vigilance in 2020; who supply private security services to the real estate sector UK-wide. Since our founding in 2008, our military heritage has been at the heart of everything we do, proven by our discipline, integrity & commitment to excellence. The vast majority of our operational staff are recruited from the Brigade of Gurkhas, and His Majesty’s Armed Forces. Their valuable skills & experience are a major asset to our business and our clients; they have a professionalism that is unmatched in the industry. In 2020 we proudly received the Armed Forces Covenant “ERS Gold Award”, reflecting our ongoing endeavours to further the Armed Forces’ agenda within Vigilance. We have supported the Veterans Awards for a number of years and it’s an honour for me to join the 2023 judging panel.



Welsh Veterans Awards 2023- Shortlisted Filming day Firing Line Museum Cardiff Castle

What a fantastic day celebrating the success from our Veterans, serving reservists and companies that support our #ArmedForces community based in Wales at the Firing Line Museum of The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh Cardiff Castle today. Below are the links to our photos from our certificate presentation and the shots around the grounds with the Welsh Veterans Awards Shield  and the Swords of Owain Glyndŵr . It’s fantastic to see the finalists get the recognition they deserve and we are really thankful for all involved who made this happen!

Huge thanks to everyone that came to Cardiff Castle and the Firing line Museum, including all the staff, support staff, sponsors and fantastic Finalists for making this such a fantastic day.


Please find the links below for Photos:


Well done everyone – Lets Celebrate the success from our Armed Forces Community together!

Thank you to our sponsors who presented certificates today, Pip Lee-Woolf (Vigilance) Jack Dickinson ( Hugh James ) and Julianne Williams ( Forces Employment Charity )

Positivity breeds Positivity!

Our Welsh Veterans Awards are Sponsored by GHN Property and Developments and in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity #veterans

We look forward to celebrating all your success on the night itself!

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the Welsh Veterans Awards 2023!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Welsh Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Cardiff on the 5th July and hosted by Radio X’s Polly James. Our Awards are sponsored by GHN Property and Developments and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales and the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity!

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 Forces Employment Charity

Paul Bromwell
Chance Morgan
Kevin Thomas
Winston Thomas MBE
Lee West
Dale Gardner


Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Porters Estate Agents

Kirsty Hanson
Michael Jeffery
Daniel Murphy
Matt Losing
Ruth Birch
Gareth Noble
Phil Jacobs

The Community Awards – Sponsored by Vigilance

Paul Bromwell
Hannah Jarvis
Lyndon Davies
Wayne Jenkins
Matthew Spruce
Matt Losing
John Evans


Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by Print Inc

Neil Adams
Steven Tallis
Christopher McEwen

Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by  Audi Sinclair 

Bulldogs BCA
RAW Performance
Veterans NHS Wales AB UHB
Woody’s Lodge
Help For Heroes
Great Britain Disability Boxing
Cardiff City Football Club Foundation
VC Gallery

Leader of the Year Award  – Sponsored by  Veteran Trees 

Arwyn Watkins OBE
Alyn Tomkinson
Thomas Gent
Gerard Murphy
Brian Edwards


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Pinnacle Document Solutions Group

Arwyn Watkins OBE
Jac Hughes
Daniel Murphy


Employer of the Year- Sponsored by AB Glass

HMP Swansea
Woody’s Lodge
Cardiff City Football Club Foundation
Sierra Nevada Corporation mission System UK LTD
CASS Supplies Limited
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Hywel Dda Health Board


Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Educ8 Training

SudoCyber Limited
Regis Recruitment Ltd
Everyday Agile Ltd
Fantom Factory
ZeroAlpha Solutions
The Veteran Building Company
CASS Supplies Limited
Noble Training Solutions


Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

Dave Evans
Nigel Locke
Jeffery Rees
Christopher McEwen
John Edwards
Mark Shuttleworth


Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Hugh James

Peter Webber
Joan Reynolds MBE
Gareth Pennell
Manny Manfred


Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by AB Glass 

Victoria Montgomery
Andrew Cavill
Lee Jones
Sonia Briggs
Lee Richards

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 Firing Line Museum Cardiff Castle on Wednesday 15th June. 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 and get a chance to network with other finalists on this fantastic morning.

All our Shortlisted Finalists / Supporters have the opportunity to secure your tickets between  6th June – 14th June.

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 under 100k PA. Please see more here:  Veterans Awards Grants Scheme Proudly Supporting Charitable organisations across the UK! – The Veterans Awards 

For more details please get in touch.