Welcome to our Winners at this years Scottish Veterans Awards 2022!!

We would like to thank everyone who attended this years Scottish Veterans Awards hosted by Mark McKenzie and held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Edinburgh on the 27th April 2022.  The Awards were sponsored by Joint Force Alba and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity! It was such a fantastic event with a great atmosphere in the room!

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 and very honoured to have in attendance and hear from the General Officer Scotland Major – General Bill Wright CBE and the charismatic Edinburgh Garrison Sergeant Major Anthony Gibson during the evening.  It was lovely to have in attendance Pam Gosal Member of the Scottish Parliament. A special thanks also has to go to the Mini Pipe Band from the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming and also the Scots Guards who were there supporting in their famous red Tunics.

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

Some of the highlights of the night saw Galloglas Group Ltd win Employer of the year with their founder Richie Nicoll winning Entrepreneur of the year!  The Fantastic David Dent MBE became our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and also the Scottish Veterans Awards Champion for 2022!

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 :

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Veterans Awards Champion:  David Dent MBE 

 

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc Embroidery and Print 
Winner  – Dr David Gillespie
Silver – Gordon Michie
Bronze – Jason Wilcox
Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by GHN Property
Winner  -Danny Gemmell
Silver –  Stuart Lavery
Bronze –   Gary McGreggor / Paul Boggie
The Community Award – Sponsored by Joint Force Alba
Winner  – Allen Clarke
Silver –  Alan Hill
Bronze –  Tommy Davidson
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Contribution to the Scottish Fitness Industry and Society 
Winner  – Craig Curtis
Silver – Kevin Stacey
Bronze – Dr Donald Francis
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Leavers to Leaders Award
Winner  – Hugo Clarke
Silver –  Gary Young
Bronze – Steven Peebles
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Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors
Winner  -Richie Nicoll
Silver –  Paul Williamson
Bronze – Hayden Grant
Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Joint Force Alba 
Winner  – Galloglas Group Ltd
Silver –  abrdn PLC
Bronze –  Driver X Mil Ltd
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Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine
Winner  – Lairds of Troon
Silver – Driver X Mil Ltd
Bronze – HJG Removals
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Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Terrestres Servo Coronas
Winner  – Alex Mcnesphie  
Silver – Roddy Wood
Bronze – Grace Purdie / Gary Wallace
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Reservist of the Year – Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine
Winner  – Mike Edwards
Silver – Scott Menzies
Bronze – Duncan Campbell
Health and Well-being Award –  Sponsored by GHN  Property and Developments 
Winner  – Simplicity in Mind
Silver – Be-Inn Unity
Bronze – Forces Children Education
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Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Veteran Trees
Winner  – David Dent MBE
Silver –  Paul Williamson
Bronze – Mathew Fyfe

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 the Judges at the Scottish Veterans Awards 2022

 

Emma Davies,  Director of Joint Force Alba

Emma is the director for Joint Force Alba, the only Scottish ex-military recruitment consultancy. She is a Veteran herself, having served for 13 years in the British Army, working in tri-service and multi-national environments in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA. Alongside that, she developed a career in HR and recruitment in Scottish businesses, focusing on SMEs. She gained her Chartered membership of the CIPD in 2013 having had to pause her studies whilst serving in Afghanistan. She’s an ambassador for X-Forces Enterprise and a board member for military charity Lothian’s Veterans centre as well as being a wife to a fellow Army Veteran and mum to 2 young boys.

 

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.

 

Michelle McKearnon, Head of Engagement- Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

Michelle is the Head of Engagement at Highland Reserves Forces and Cadets Association. She leads an engagement and communications team who work across the North of Scotland to promote the benefits of employing Reservists and Veterans to both the business and the wider communities.

Previously she was the Chief Executive of Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, the first Chamber in the UK to win an MoD Gold award for being a supportive employer, and ran her own business for 6 years. She is a former member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Association of Scottish Business Women

Nia-Wyn Evans  – Solicitor

I am a solicitor at Hugh James, now based at our London office. I work within the military team representing military and ex-military servicemen and women.

Whilst speaking with military and ex-military personnel on a daily basis I am all too familiar with the difficulties veterans can face when leaving service.  I wanted to join the judging panel for the Veteran Awards to celebrate those who have made a successful transition from military to civilian life, whilst also assisting veterans who have faced difficulties when returning to civilian life as part of my role as a solicitor.

I have been fortunate to sit on the judging panel for these awards nationally since 2019. It is inspiring to learn of the positive impact that veterans continue to have on the wider community after leaving service. I am grateful for the invite to sit on the judging panel for Scotland this year and look forward to the awards in April.

 

John Gillie – Briefing & Liaison Officer ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – SCOTLAND

The role encompasses briefing a wide range of audiences both military and civilian on the work of the Charity to encourage support to regional fundraising, provision of fundraising support to the Regional Office and Events, including organising events, establishing and maintaining key relationships with Army units both Regular and Reserve and continual development of our volunteer fundraising.

John completed a 39 year exemplary career in the Army in 2020. He feels so privileged and honoured working as the BLO(Sc). As have many he has found the last 2 years extremely challenging but confident 2022 will bring a bit of light onto all within the service community. At last he is looking forward to getting out & about in Scotland & taking on the many challenges the role will bring. He hopes he can “give a little back” to a service which has provided him with so much. 

He is married to his wife of 34 years Sherrilyn with 3 sons, Liam (31), Danny (29) &  Ewen (24) all currently building their own careers. As a close family who enjoy socialising together & passionate about living life to the full.

 “I was very pleased to be asked to be a judging panel member for the second time. As a military veteran myself it makes me so proud & emotional to read the stories of what our veterans are doing out there for their communities. Once again, I’ll look forward to celebrating the success of our Scottish Military Veteran Community in April along with those companies that support us”

 

 

Colin Vooght, Head of Engagement- Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

Colin Vooght joined the Army as a Junior Tradesman and left, after more than 40 years of service, as a commissioned officer. On ‘retiring’ he established a Health and Safety Consultancy and stepped in as maternity cover for the Regional SaBRE Campaign Director at Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. That one year contract became five, after which he was promoted into the role of Head of Engagement within the association and now has responsibility for the organisation’s engagement with employers and the wider community plus a communications department.

He is married to Maggie and they have two grown up daughters, one a radiographer, the other a phycologist. When not working, Colin is a Rotarian.

 

 

Scottish Veterans Awards – Shortlisted Filming day Edinburgh Castle

    

March 15th saw the Production Company Leek and Potato film our amazing shortlisted finalists from within the iconic and historic Edinburgh Castle!

This was a FREE to attend day where all the Finalists were invited to Edinburgh Castle to Network with other finalists, sponsors and supporters, receive their certificates and  film their back ground stories to promote the amazing things they are doing!

It was a true honour for our team to meet our shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland.  During the morning the all shortlisted nominees were issued with their finalist certificates by our sponsors  Nia- Wyn Evans (Hugh James) John Gillie (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity)  Emma Davies (Joint Force Alba) and Garrison Sergeant Major Anthony Gibson (British Army)

All our team can’t wait to hear about your inspiring journeys on the evening itself – April 27th Village Hotel Edinburgh Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

Huge thanks to all the amazing team at Edinburgh Castle and The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland for facilitating the filming and the fantastic production company Leek and Potato Productions.

All our team are so excited to celebrate your success!

Remember it’s you who act as role models for future service leavers!

Keep an eye out for the finalist videos that will hit your screens over the coming weeks on the run up to the Awards Ceremony!

Please feel free to check out some pictures from the Certificate giving day  HERE 

BFBS Video Coverage HERE 

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards 2022!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Scottish Veterans Awards sponsored by Joint Force Alba, due to be held at the Village Hotel Edinburgh on the 27th April 2022. Hosted by Radio DJ BFBS Scotland presenter Mark McKenzie and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had double the amount of  applications compared to last year 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 

Jason Wilcox
Callum Colquhoun
Gordon Michie
David Gillespie
Stuart Wedge

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

Danny Gemmell
Christopher Boyle
Stuart Lavery
Gary McGregor
Paul Boggie

The Community Awards – Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

Craig Curtis
Mark Laird
Alan Hill
Tommy Davidson
Allen Clarke

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

Kevin Stacey
Donald Francis
Craig Curtis

 

Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by  GHN Property and Developments

Simplicity In Mind
East Lothian Breakfast Club
Be-inn Unity C.I.C.
Forces Children’s Education
Tweed Chiropractic – Inspiring Chiropractic
The Veterans Garden, Dumfries

Leavers to Leaders Award  – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders

Gary Young
Steven Peebles
Gordon Mcfadyen
Hugo Clarke


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

Kevin Stacey
Paul Williamson
Hayden Grant
Richie Nicoll

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

Abrdn PLC
Driver x mil ltd
GalloGlas Group Ltd

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine 

Lairds of Troon
HJG Removals
Driver x mil ltd
Happy Mutts
GalloGlas Group Ltd

Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by  Terrestres Servo Coronas

Roddy Wood
Gary Wallace
Grace Purdie
Alexander McAnespie
Ian Mearns

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Veteran Trees

Matthew Fyfe OBE
James Black
Paul Williamson
David Dent MBE

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

Mike Edwards
Scott Menzies
Duncan Campbell

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 invited to a FREE certificate giving and networking day at the Castle Club, Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday 15th March where we will film their story and videos. These videos will then be used on our extensive media campaign and will also be played on the evening itself. Our finalists will also receive their finalist certificate on this fantastic morning and get to network with the other finalists, sponsors and awards organisers.

All our Shortlisted finalists/family/friends and business colleagues will have the opportunity to purchase Tickets for the black tie award Ceremony due to be held at the Village Hotel Edinburgh on the 27th April 2022 between 1st March – 14th March. If we have any remaining tickets left they will then go on sale to our supporters.

For more details please get in touch.

Joint Force Alba Main Sponsors at the Scottish Veterans Awards

 

 

We are extremely thankful to Emma and her team at Joint Force Alba Ltd who are our main sponsors at the Scottish Veterans Awards 2022, we are delighted to have a Veteran Owned Company  who are based and operating in Scotland become our main sponsors for this years awards and all our team really appreciate your support for our Veteran Community!

We recently  caught up with Emma Davies MD of Joint Force Alba

“For us at Joint Force Alba, it really was a no brainer for us to become the main sponsor for the Scottish Veterans Awards and to continue our support for the awards. One of the main reasons Joint Force Alba was established was to help employers in Scotland to firstly understand what excellent employees Veterans can be and how to attract and recruit them into their organisations. We feel that this is shared with the ethos of the Scottish Veterans Awards. It’s about showcasing the phenomenal achievements of Veterans in Scotland across such a broad range of areas. Whilst clearly for our business, the employment side is important, actually for the Joint Force Alba team, we know how much more Veterans can bring. Most people who join the Forces have a sense of duty, both to Queen and Country but also to their community. So for there to be categories to recognise that as well is brilliant. Sport and fitness categories go hand in hand with ex-military too.”

“However, the Veteran community have a bad habit of not shouting enough about their achievements. The Scottish Veterans Awards provides the perfect avenue to showcase their amazing work and achievements after their Forces career which is something Joint Force Alba is fully aligned with.”

Who are Joint Force Alba:

Joint Force Alba are a specialist ex-military recruitment agency dedicated to the Scottish market. We are a Veteran-owned and run organisation who specialise in matching the unique experience and highly trained talent from the Armed Forces with employers in Scotland. Joint Force Alba are Armed Forces Covenant signatories and Silver ERS award holders. We work collaboratively with a number of organisations to support the wider employment of Veterans in Scotland including Government bodies and military charities.

What do we do:

Joint Force Alba are a specialist ex-military recruitment agency dedicated to the Scottish market. In short, we introduce Scottish employers to ex Armed Forces job seekers who bring unique experience and high levels of training. We work across Scotland and cover a variety of industries including engineering, IT and cyber, construction, energy and transport. All of our candidates have served in the Armed Forces at some point in their career and may be serving Reservists still. They are looking to work for organisations who value their whole skillset from their trade training, to their leadership and management skills as well as their values such as integrity, commitment and loyalty.

In particular, Joint Force Alba often acts as a translator to help employers and ex-military candidates to share an understanding of the skills and experience required for a role. We enable clients to see where an ex-Forces employee could fit into their organisation, either through us supporting the recruitment of individual roles or through a consultancy programme to hep clients recruit ex-military directly.

 

You can Nominate or apply for this years Scottish Veterans Awards  – The Veterans Awards – Scottish Veterans Awards

 

Learn More about the Fantastic work Joint Forces Alba do – Jobs | Scotland | Recruitment | Careers | Military | Armed Forces (jointforcealba.co.uk)

   

Veterans Awards Proudly Supporting The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Veterans Awards

Rewarding Veterans, Serving Reservists and those companies that support us in the areas of Business, Fitness, Sport and the wider Community!

In support of The ABF Soldiers’ Charity and Now proudly supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Veterans Awards is a registered Not for Profit Organisation that promotes all the positives from our Military Community! We are extremely pleased to announce that we will be supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity alongside our continued commitment to the ABF The soldiers Charity at this years English Veterans Awards!

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the Principle Charity of the Royal Navy. The Charity Exists to support Sailors, Marines and their families for life!

Our Veterans Awards team are fully committed to supporting our Veteran Community. We celebrate the success and inspiring stories from our community by promoting them via our social media channels, networks and fantastic  media partners that include Pathfinder International Magazine and BFBS.

We have a Board of Directors and an Inspirational panel in place who operate in a voluntary capacity to run Veterans Awards CIC, ensuring all money raised above project costs goes back into our Veteran Community and is used to improve services or to run projects that will help our Veterans and Community.

In the UK, we have a huge number of highly successful Armed Forces Veterans that have made the transition from the Military to civilian life and we want to reward these veterans who have gone above and beyond and excelled in their relevant fields. They will act as role models for future service leavers. We want to find the people who even during the most difficult periods have excelled!

As such, we feel they should be given every opportunity to highlight their achievements and success, which is why the awards and our other projects have been created.

The Veterans Awards are open to all our Military Veterans that are doing great things in the UK, Reservists that are going above and beyond and those companies that go the extra mile to support or recruit from our community!

If you are a Company or Organisation that wish to become one of our Partners or Sponsors at our Awards or projects please feel free to get in touch. We have a number of fantastic companies that currently support us and we are so thankful to them because without these companies we wouldn’t be able to do what we do! We will ensure we work with you and your team or building a strong relationship and partnership.  To get in touch or find out more click here

If you have a positive story or journey please get in touch and we are happy to promote it via our social media sites through our media team!

Remember it’s you that will act as a role models for future service leavers!

Registration  number : 12249389

Veterans Awards CIC receive our Silver ERS Awards

               

It was a great night  with our team at Veterans Awards CIC at the Silver ERS awards and Armed Forces in Wales Awards evening at at the Cardiff City Stadium. Celebrating the great work of employers from Wales and individuals from within the Military community!

The 24 employers from around Wales were presented with the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award at the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and Armed Forces in Wales Awards evening on November 25.

Outstanding achievers from across the Principality were also recognised at the event which took place at Cardiff City Stadium with Roy Noble OBE as Master of Ceremonies and special guest former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones MBE.

The 24 organisations recognised for their support and commitment towards Defence and presented with the (ERS) Silver Award included;

Admiral Group Plc, A R C Academy UK Limited, B.C.B International Limited, Brightlink Learning Ltd, Camilleri Construction Limited, Denbighshire County Council, EA Inclusion, Enbarr Foundation CIC, Gatewen Training Services Limited, Hafal, K Sharp Ltd, North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, NPTC Group of Colleges, Ollywood Ltd, Pathway Risk Management Limited, Penparcau Community Forum Ltd, Portsec Security Ltd, Print Inc & Design Limited, Quadrant 4 Ltd, Rubicon Facilities Management Ltd, The VC Gallery, Transport for Wales, Veterans Awards CIC and Woody’s Lodge.

All our team at Veterans Awards were delighted to pick up our Silver Award. We had a fantastic night surrounded by some great people and organisations!

Well done to all the team at RFCA for WalesArmy in Wales, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce for organising and all the amazing award winners and finalist’s. – The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Another positive night for the Military community!

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

We would like to thank everyone who attended this years Scottish Veterans Awards, held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Edinburgh on the 6th October 2021.  The Awards were sponsored by TMT Construction and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity! It was such a fantastic event with a great atmosphere in the room!

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 and very Honoured to have the support from The Scottish Veterans Commissioner Colonel Charlie Wallace DL, Edinburgh Garrison Commander Lt Col Hugo Clarke MBE,  Garrison Sergeant Major Anthony Gibson, Charles Dunphie (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland)  and the fantastic former Special Forces Operator Colin Maclachlan.  A special thanks also has to go to the  Mini Pipe Band from the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming, Scots Guards and The Regimental Mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Cpl Cruanchan IV

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

Some of the highlights of the night saw former Scottish International Footballer and now Sporting Director at Falkirk FC Gary Holt take home the Contibution to Scottish Sport Award, Gavin Neate from Neatebox become our Entrepreneur of the year award winner  and the fantastic Jason Hare of Horseback UK  who became our Inspiration of the Year winner and our Scottish Veterans Awards Champion. (Jason Received a special commissioned piece that was made by Dan a Military veteran and owner of Veteran Trees)

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 :

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Veterans Awards Champion:  Jason Hare – Horseback UK

 

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc Embroidery and Print 
Winner  – Garry Cowan
Silver – Les Mason
Bronze – Brett Townsley BCA
Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ridge Steel
Winner  –Jason Hare – Horseback UK 
Silver –  Jeff Williams – VUAS
Bronze –   Chris Gillan – Heroes Drinks 
The Community Awards – Sponsored by Joint Force Alba
Winner  –Marc Hutton 
Silver – Colin Butcher
Bronze – Fiona Laing & John Bradley
Contribution to the Scottish Fitness Industry and Society 
Winner  –John Owens
Silver – Charlie Brister – Be Military Fit
Bronze – Peter Stewart –  CTC Grampian
Contribution to the Scottish Sport – Sponsored by TMT Construction
Winner  –Gary Holt – Falkirk FC
Silver –  Chris Paterson
Bronze – Bill Little

 

Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors
Winner  –Gavin Neate  – Neatebox
Silver –  Mark Laird –  Lairds of Troon
Bronze – Darren Philpson – Four one Safety Solutions

 

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors
Winner  – Lothian Buses
Silver –  RB safety Consultants Ltd
Bronze –  Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine
Winner  – Lairds of Troon
Silver – Omniscient Safety Innovations
Bronze – LCS Embroidery Ltd

 

 

Volunteer of the Year –  Terrestres Servo Coronas
Winner  – Mark Harper  
Silver – Jeff Williams  
Bronze – David Curruthers 
Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by TMT Construction
Winner  – William Brian Howieson 
Silver –  John Owens
Bronze – Suzanne Fernando MBE BCAh

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!

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

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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 :

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  • 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

 

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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!

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

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We would like to thank everyone who attended this years Welsh Veterans Awards, held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Cardiff on the 9th September 2021.  The Awards were sponsored by Bridgend Audi – Sinclair Audi 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 support from the Welsh Government from Hannah Blythyn MS Deputy Minister for Social Partnership. A huge thanks to Brigadier  J Fraser MBE and Brigadier A Dawes CBE, Head of the Army in Wales and the Commander of 160th Infantry Brigade. Both Brigadiers kindly spoke at our Awards evening.  A Special Thanks also has to go our to the Royal Navy Reserves from HMS Cambria, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the  fantastic Support given by the Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh and Shenkin IV the Goat Major!

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

Some of the highlights of the night saw Michael Allen from Endex  be awarded the Inspiration of the year  award and become our Welsh Veterans Awards Champion and Paul Taylor MBE be awarded the Leavers to Leaders award from the fantastic company RE:ACT Disaster response.

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 :

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Welsh Veterans Awards Champion –  Michael Allen – Endex 

 

 Role Model of the Year – Sponsored by Royal Educare

 

  • Mike Smith                              (Winner)
  • Ryan Roberts                           (Silver)
  • Dai Matthews                           (Bronze)

 

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Porters Estate Agents 

  • Michael Allen                            (Winner)
  • Roger Lees                                 (Silver)
  • John Fulcher                             (Bronze)

 

The Community Award- Sponsored by RV1 Group

 

  • Cyril Turner                            (Winner)
  • Paul O’ Dwyer                          (Silver)
  • Russell Kitely                          (Bronze)

 

Contribution to Welsh Fitness Industry- Sponsored by Print Inc

  • Neil Adams                               (Winner)
  • Adam White                              (Silver)
  • Rob Morgan                              (Bronze)

Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Pinnacle Office Solutions 

  • Colin Singer                            (Winner)
  • Eoin Carson                            (Silver)
  • Oliver Williams                      (Bronze)

 

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors  

  • Steve Fisher                            (Winner)
  • Peter Webber                           (Silver)
  • John Thomas                        (Bronze)

 

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by AB Glass

  • MPCT                                     (Winner)
  • 1940’s Swansea & Wagtail   (Silver)
  • Newport City Council          (Bronze)

 

Leavers to Leader Award – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders 

 

  • Paul Taylor MBE            (Winner)
  • Arwyn Watkins OBE       (Silver)
  • Alan Lowry                      (Bronze)

 

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine 

  • Sue Butler                           (Winner)
  • Naomi Anderson                  (Silver)
  • Jeff Rees                                (Bronze)

 

Veterans Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by  Educ8 Training

  • Ajuda Limited                 (Winner)
  • Foxbury Solutions           (Silver)
  • Ollywood                          (Bronze)

 

Health and Well-being Award  – Sponsored by Bridgend AUDI – Sinclair Audi

  • The Bulldogs                 (Winner)
  • The VC Gallery               (Silver)
  • CCFC Foundation         (Bronze)

 

Reservist  of the Year Award – Sponsored by Bridgend AUDI – Sinclair Audi

  • Kieron Long                 (Winner)
  • Bart Wilkins                 (Silver)
  • James Drake                (Bronze)

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 our pictures of the evening  coming soon over on our Facebook page!