Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the English Veterans Awards 2023!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years English Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Bristol on the 21st September 2023. 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. Every year we have more and more applications and this year yet again 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 

Sally Orange
Andrew Kershaw
Jope Tikoisuva
Stuart Cook
Louisa Clarke
Kerry Gospel
Stuart Bratt
Kayam Iqbal

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


Austin Beaven
Sandra Murphy
Martin Flint-Johnson
Anthony Stephen Malone
Paul Jacobs GM
Leon Stokes
Gina Allsop


The Community Award – Sponsored by Strong mind Resiliency Training

John Adams
Paul Haigh
Jonathan Lowe
Terry Whitty
Ria Jackson
Peter Maiden
Matt Simmons
Gary Stockton
Ashley Winter


Contribution to the English Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by  KJB Kitchens


Samantha Neil
George Stobbs
Tom Blackwood



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

Shropshire Council
Blue Van Armed Forces & Veterans Drop In
Allsports Coaches Coaching CIC
Veteran Aware accredited Trusts
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Leader of the Year Award  – Sponsored by Leader Connect

Alison Anderson-Mcintosh
Dan McCoy
Ger Fowler
Gareth Davies
Edward Dean


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

Simon Jones
Sandra Murphy
Patrick Glennon
Adam Kastein



Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Veteran Trees

FDM Group
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Veterans into Logistics
CDS Defence & Security
FM Conway Ltd
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Serica Energy 


SL Jones Ltd
Performance Edge
Sir Fix-a-lock
Patrick James Solutions
Alpha56 Solutions

Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder International Magazine

Michael Barrett
Alexander (Sandy) Beattie
Michael Donne
Sarah Geddes
Gina Allsop
Leon Stokes
Amanda Wadey
Matt Lyons

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by FDM

Anthony Stephen Malone
Bernie Broad
John Thompson
Patrick Lyster-Todd
Edward Dean
Jacqui Swan-De La Maziere

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Ethos

David Tatton
Joanne Cooke
Shehan Hettiaratchy
Alex Saunders


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 SS Great, Bristol on the 6th September.  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 & Badge 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 and ship prior or after your filming slot.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain tells the incredible story of one of Britain’s greatest engineers and one of the most important ships in maritime history. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843, she was called ‘the greatest experiment since the creation’.

In 1970, the SS Great Britain Project brought the rusting shell of the SS Great Britain home from the Falkland Islands, braving 8,000 miles of stormy sea, in an attempt to save it from ruin and keep its story alive. That ‘project’ became the SS Great Britain Trust, and today with your help, we continue to care for the ship and Brunel collections for the good of everybody, for all time. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is now Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, with two museums and the lovingly restored Victorian ship, a leading research centre, a wedding venue and a purpose built conference facility.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 16th August –  1st September.

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.