Ex-Forces In Business Awards: How Veterans Are Storming The Business Battlefield
The annual ceremony celebrates the achievements of ex-military personnel making names for themselves in new vocations.
After years preparing for battlefields, the hardest fight can sometimes be found back on civvy street.
It's not always easy for Forces leavers to know what to turn their attention to, once the time comes to hang up their uniform.
But many are finding their feet in business - finding it lends itself perfectly to their military training, precision, and forward-thinking.
On May 8, a strong mix of military and business leaders will descend on London for the second-ever British Ex-Forces In Business Awards.
A crowd of more than 800 is expected to attend the ceremony, that honours the accomplishments of veterans who have made a successful and notable transition from military life into meaningful new employment.
This year's finalists, who are spread across 18 categories including Military Virtues In Business and New Service Leaver, have now been revealed.
The panel of judges - including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs, Royal Mail and others - has had its work cut out to shorten the list of nominees from 400 to slightly fewer than 200.
Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former First Sea Lord and current chairman of several companies, is Head Judge.
He offered his congratulations to all the finalists, adding: "After many years focused on military delivery, [they] have turned their hands so successfully to the business battlefield.
"Many of the skills needed are identical: leadership, fortitude, commitment and attention to detail.
"Some are new, especially in commerce and sales. But the ethos and values of ex-Forces people always shine through, and I'm proud to support them."
The British Ex-Forces In Business Awards grew out of the need to highlight the opportunities available when veterans make the return, after what may have been a long and life-changing time, to civvy street.
Ben Rossi is the founder of the awards, and said the response to supporting ex-service personnel in their new careers has blown him away.
He added: "Supporting veterans is not only the right thing to do, but there is a clear business case too.
"[It's] demonstrated by the incredible talent in the 400-plus nominations received for this year’s awards.
"There is still much to do to educate employers on the importance and value of supporting the transition of servicemen and women.
"We will continue to promote the crucial message that veterans are huge assets to business."
"It’s vital that service leavers have role models to look to, and we are privileged to host and showcase them at this unique celebration on 8 May."
Hosting this year is news anchor Susannah Streeter - herself an RAF veteran.
Keynote speeches are coming from ex-Army officer Sir Charlie Mayfield, who's chairman of the John Lewis Partnership; and the chief executive of Armed Forces charity SSAFA, Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory.
Lt Gen Sir Gregory, whose organisation is the official charity of the awards, said: "I am very aware of the challenges that can be faced by service leavers during their transition, with employment a major challenge for many.
"It is very heartening to see so many employers acknowledging the skills and experiences of those who have served their country."
Here are the finalists for the 2019 British Ex-Forces In Business Awards:
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Christopher Livermore, Centrica
Dominic Hill, The White Ensign Association
Gillian Russell, Amazon
James & Lindsey Copperwait, Focus Logistics Group
Kelly Mullane, Northern Trust
Michael Robb, Crest Nicholson
Sarah Pylyp, Jaguar Land Rover
Stephen Jolly, M&C Saatchi
Steve Lowe, Project Nova
Sue Bomphray, Barclays
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Alex Lane, Jacobs
Brian Chambers, Trident Pharmaceuticals
Christopher Gunton, One Housing Group
Louisa Clarke, Churchill Group
Michael Fildes, Circles, a Sodexo Company
Patrick Thomson, J.P. Morgan
Peter Satchwell, Gardner Denver – Reavell
Richard Charnock, Standard Life Aberdeen
Stuart Goodman, Essential Site Skills
Vern Davis, Sopra Steria
CHAMPION OF WOMEN AWARD
Amanda Johnson, VACT
Andrea Dunlop, Paysafe
Daisy Coleman, Thales
Danielle Sandy, FDM Group
Julia Mathias, Lloyds Banking Group
Justine Hogkinson, Advocacy Focus
Louie-Mae Brisley-Gibson, Mainstay Group
Mandy Hickson, Hickson-Experience from the Front Line
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Compass Group UK&I
Jaguar Land Rover
Transport for London
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Chris Gillan, Heroes Drinks Company
Lee Robertson, Octo Members Group
Lyndsey Marchant, Phoenix Occupational Health
Mitch Turner, Drake International
Nick Lilley, Upturn
Richard H Tucker MBE, AAA Caring Caretaker
Steve Thornton, Forces Cars Direct
Ted Jones, Northcott Global Solutions
Vince Noyce & Giles Collighan, The Portsmouth Distillery Co
EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Barclays Military Network Scotland
Lloyd's Military Network
Services To Film
Step into Health
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Charles Joel, Gardner Denver
Christoper Kenna, Brand Advance
Dawn Childs, Merlin Entertainments Group
Edward Janvrin, Spark Beyond
James Lang, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
James Lewis, Kuehne + Nagel
Kevin Alderton, Blind Veterans UK
Mick Doe, Clipper Logistics
Peter Koch de Gooreyund, Centrica Business Solutions
Steven Rumbold, EDF Energy
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR
Craig Monaghan, Sale Sharks Community Trust
Greg Staunton, PwC
John Daley, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Louise Worrall, St. James's Place
Neil Spencer, Kuehne + Nagel
Paul Wood, Woodlands International
Penny Melville-Brown, Disability Dynamics
Rebecca Halliwell-Coutts, Foran Solutions
Sheena Wilcox, Career Transition Partnership
Tim Evers, Sapper Support
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Brendan Hindle, Jaguar Land Rover
Matt Wiles, Leidos UK
Quentin Naylor, THG Ingenuity
Richard Dorney, Strongmind
Rod Brown, Opun
Tim Harris, Wood
Tony O’Connor, Marriott Hotels
MILITARY VIRTUES IN BUSINESS AWARD
Andrew Cons, Go Digital Transformations
Craig Peckett, Chesterfield Special Cylinders
Darren Evans, The Access Group
Helen Knights, Barclays
Johanna Covell-Ritchie, Bloomberg L.P.
Mark Braham, The AA
Nicholas Brandram, HSBC Private Bank
Rachael Stevenson, Serco
Tom Kay, Kuehne + Nagel
NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR
Colin Murphy, Jaguar Land Rover
Conor Harbison, Citi
Graeme Park, The Hut Group
Lee Brown, Impellam Group
Matt Chapman, J.P. Morgan
Michele Crossman, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Mohammed Ahmed, Sopra Steria
Peter Berridge, FDM Group
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
George Anderson, National Grid
James Denny, Viddyoze
James Dickaty, Sellafiled
James Howarth, RS Components
Jamie Thomas, Sodexo
John Chappell, United Utilities
Mike Forshaw, Dentons
Paul Embleton, Interserve
Rob Martin, Anchor Hanover Group
Toby Gutteridge, Bravery Organisation
RESERVIST OF THE YEAR
Alex Rennie, FDM Group
David Freeman, Amazon
Gordon McLellan, Barclays
James Cox, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
James Wootton, Agency Space
Lindsay Stewart, Barclays
Malcolm McFarlane, FDM Group
Richard Perkins, Transport for London
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Alex Dickinson, J.P. Morgan
Darryll Boden, Eurostar
David Walker, James Walker Group
Ewan Bray, WSP
James Carpenter, Check Point Software Technologies
James Fenwick-Smith , Alstom Transport
Jonathon Robinson, Hastings Direct
Roger Holt, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Rory Thompson, Canadian Pacific Rail
ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR
Ayub Kinyanjui, Knight Frank
Ben Edwards, Facebook
Garron Clark-Darby, T-Systems
Jeremy Cowell, FDM Group
Jim Niven, Cloudian
Rachel Webster, Barclays
Rick Mounfield, The Security Institute
Simon Hammerschmidt, Level Global
Steven Brown, James Walker Group
Travis Broad, IHS Markit
SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Reeves, BNY Mellon
David Ellis, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Dominic Conway, J.P. Morgan
Mark Large, EY
Matthew Cox, Newton Investment Management
Nick Wadey, Hi-Line Contractors SW
Phil Pettit, Cummins Generator Technologies
Philip Worthington, Micross Componants
Robert Hemming, Equiniti
Tony Wilkinson, Direct Line Group
TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR
Carl Fewsdale, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Dee Appleton Cairns, Countess of Chester NHS FT
John White, Assystem Group
Neil Winchester, Dell Technologies
Olly King, J.P. Morgan
Paul Thomas, Morrisons
Richard Camp, Bloomberg L.P.
Stephen Butler, Chesterfield Special Cylinders
Stephen Essam, University of Bedfordshire
Tony Hanlon, HSBC
YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR
Adam Robinson, Exertis UK
Adrian Hales, Consultant
Ben Emslie, Splunk
Camilla Howard, Compass Group UK&I
Chris Crowther, Equifax
Dylan Williams, Aviva
Finlay Curror, Morgan Stanley
Lee Cartmell, Stagecoach
Rory Browne, Bombardier Transportation
The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards are sponsored by CBRE, FDM Group, Kuehne + Nagel, Galliford Try, Lloyd's of London, the Officers' Association, NTT Data, Santander, Savills, Sopra Steria and Standard Life Aberdeen.
Other supporters include BFBS, Forces Recruitment Services, RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, SaluteMyJob, the White Ensign Association and other media partners Quest Magazine and RealBusiness.co.uk.