Welcome to our Winners at this years English Veterans Awards 2023!!


Massive thanks to everyone who attended this year’s English Veterans Awards hosted by Polly James and held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Bristol on the 21st September. The Awards were sponsored by Company X Consulting Ltd and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity! It was such a fantastic event with a great atmosphere in the room!

Well done to everyone who was nominated and 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 and very honoured to have in attendance and hear from the Brigadier Jock Fraser MBE  and Andrew Jameson OBE during the evening. It was lovely to have in the room former Special Forces solider Gordan Mathers MM (SAS).

A special thanks also has to go to the Corps of drums of the Welsh Guards who were there supporting in their famous red Tunics and bearskins.

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

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. It’s you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.

Our Winners are :

Veterans Awards Champion:  Sally Orange MBE 


Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc 

Winner  – Sally Orange MBE
Silver – Stuart Bratt
Bronze – Andrew Kershaw

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

Winner  – Anthony Stephen Malone
Silver – Paul Jacobs GM
Bronze –   Martin Flint Johnson

The Community Award – Sponsored by Strong mind Resiliency Training

Winner  – Ashley Winter
Silver – Ria Jackson
Bronze – John Adams

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

Winner  -Tom Blackwood
Silver – George Stobbs
Bronze – Samantha Neil

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

Winner  – Shropshire Council
Silver – East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Bronze – Veteran Aware accredited Trusts

Leader  of the year Award  – Sponsored by Leader Connect 

Winner  – Ger Fowler
Silver – Gareth Davies
Bronze – Dan McCoy

Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James
Winner  – Patrick Glennon
Silver – Sandra Murphy
Bronze – Simon Jones

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Veteran Trees 

Winner  –  6 Point 6
Silver – South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Bronze – FM Conway
Bronze – FDM Group

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Serica Energy 

Winner  – Sir Fix-a- Lock
Silver – Alpha56 Solutions
Bronze – Performance Edge
Bronze – Patrick James Solutions

Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder International Magazine

Winner  – Gina Allsop
Silver – Michael Donne
Bronze – Matt Lyons
Bronze – Leon Stokes

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by FDM

Winner  – John Thompson
Silver – Patrick Lyster Todd
Bronze – Bernie Broad
Bronze – Anthony Malone

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Ethos 

Winner  – Shehan Hettiaratchy
Silver – Joanne Cooke
Bronze – David Tatton
Bronze – Alex Saunders

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 and our social media sites for pictures and videos of the evening coming soon!

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the Service children Awards Cymru 2023!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Service children Awards Cymru in partnership with SSCE Cymru. The awards are due to be held at the Infantry Battle School Brecon on the 28th October in Support of Little Troopers and Sponsored by Powys County Council.

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had a large number of applications / nominations 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 Community 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 :


Contribution to Sport under 11  -Sponsored by Forces Fitness Ltd


Freddie Scott
Jack  Gwyn Woodhouse
Harry Moore
Ollie Evans


Contribution to Sport over 11 – Sponsored by Forces Fitness Ltd

Jake Davies
Owen Lock
Harrison Flowers
Luke Woodhouse
George Tuckley
Bleddyn Gibbs
Mollie Bastock

The Service Children Ambassador of the year  – Sponsored by Powys County Council 


Lyla McGuinness
Riley Barn
Beth Symmons

The Community Award Under 11 – Sponsored by Your North

Faith Lees
Samridhi Gurung
Arushi Rai
Sion Woodhouse

The Community Award Over 11 – Sponsored by Your North

Cari Javis
William Grant
Luke Woodhouse

Unsung Hero Award – Sponsored by General Dynamics 

Aysha Waghorn
Sarah Hayward
Shan Kenchington
Delyth Marshman
Tara Rana
Peter (“Poj”) Rowlands

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

All our Shortlisted Finalists / Supporters have the opportunity to secure your tickets between  19th September – 1st October.

We will also be holding a raffle on the day for the fantastic charity Little Troopers so please bring along cash for raffle tickets!!

For more details please get in touch.

English Veterans Awards 2023- Shortlisted Filming day SS Great Britain


What a fantastic day celebrating the success from our Veterans, serving reservists and companies that support our #ArmedForces community based in England at the historic venue of SS Great Britain. Below are the links to our photos from our certificate presentation and the shots around the grounds with the English Veterans Awards Shield  and the famous Sword Excalibur. 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 SS Great Britain, 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!

Very thankful for the day to be covered by BFBS Radio and our media partners at Pathfinder International Magazine.

Thank you to our sponsors / Judges who presented certificates during the day  Nia – Hugh James, Matt -Serica energy, Jon – Company X Consulting and Guy – Wessex RFCA

Positivity breeds Positivity!

Our English Veterans Awards are Sponsored by  Company X  Consulting  and in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity #veterans

Sponsored by the fantastic Company X Consulting, KJB Kitchens, Hugh James, Veterans Tees, Pathfinder, Leader Connect, Strongmind Resiliency, Serica Energy, GHN Property and Developments, Training, FDM, Pathfinder, Ethos & Print inc

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

Meet the Judges at the English Veterans Awards 2023


Mr Jon Carter (JC) – Head of Capability Growth and Business Development CXC Group

JC joined Company X Consulting following an 18 year career working in the MoD. Although JC has a civilian background, he has worked closely with the armed forces throughout his career in both the public and private sector. Since joining CXC as a consultant in 2018, JC has risen to Head of Capability Growth and Business Development. Over the last 24 months JC and the CXC team have provided transitional support to over 10% of all service leavers, providing free advice and guidance for those who are looking to take a step into consultancy as a career path. This support to veterans, wider veteran causes, and as an employer of over 90% veterans, have seen CXC achieve Armed Forces Covenant Gold status.


Sue Dorney MCTHA, Strongmind Resiliency Training 

Sue is a British Army veteran, where she served as an Experimental Assistant in Gunnery. She is the Co-founder and Director of Strongmind Resiliency training with over 30 years of experience in business administration and project management. During the first Gulf War in 1991 she was an Assistant Casualty Visiting Officer. Making her very familiar with the stresses experienced by people particularly those in public services.

Sue is really looking forward to meeting all the inspirational people at the Veterans Awards night!


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.


Guy Williams, Volunteer for the Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee South West, Facilities for Wessex RFCA

Guy Williams works for the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and a member of the VAPC SW for 3 years leading on Transition. Served in the Royal Marines for 27 Years. After leaving the Royal Marines in 2009 joined the

Wessex RFCA in the Facilities Department looking after the Reserve Forces and Cadet Buildings with Soft FM issues. Also helps organise the Falklands Reunions for 42 Commando Royal Marines every 5 years. A keen runner and completed 230 marathons since leaving the Royal Marines.

This is the first time he has judged at the Veterans Award and is looking forward to seeing what great work Veterans are doing for the Country and local Communities.


Hannah Cullen – Associate Solicitor, Hugh James 

I am an Associate Solicitor with Hugh James, I am based in our Cardiff office and I provide specialist legal representation and legal services for current and former members of the armed forces.  As a team we provide advice on a number of issues to include military deafness, PTSD and NFCI.

As a firm we are involved with many organisations raising money and awareness for the veterans community and this is something I am passionate about.

Hugh James have sponsored the Veterans Awards since 2019 and I have attended many of the ceremonies, they are always a fabulous occasion and a real celebration of fantastic achievements.  I am honoured to be on the judging panel this year and know it will be another great event.

Matthew Williamson TMIET Eng Tech VR (Telecommunications Technician FTT) Serica Energy.

An Experienced long serving specialist in Telecommunications systems within the UK energy sector, as well as a serving army reservist for over 23 years. I am Employed by Serica Energy who positively support my Reserve activities and actively looks for and supports veterans in industry.

I am an active volunteer member of 39 Signal Regiment, a local Reserve Signal Regiment based in Bristol, and I have lived in the area and southwest for much of this time.

Having served for a long time as well as working in a highly skilled sector I have experienced what veterans can bring to industry and being employed with in the Offshore Energy sector, I actively use my experience in promoting veterans.

I have not sat on a judging panel before and am honored to have been invited to do so, I am really looking forward to seeing some of the amazing differences veterans have made.



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 9 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 2023 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.