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Finalists revealed for Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards

Finalists revealed for Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards

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28 Oct, 2019

As the world’s largest event celebrating military veterans in second careers lands in Scotland for the first time on 3 December, we reveal the finalists for these unique awards.

Glasgow, 28 October: The finalists for an inaugural Scottish edition of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in second careers, are today revealed, showcasing the value that military skills and values bring to employers in Scotland.

Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the military, forming an attractive pool of talent for employers in other sectors. However, transitioning back to civilian life and finding meaningful employment can be challenging. While many veterans go on to successful second careers, visibility of such role models has historically been lacking.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards provide that visibility on a national scale by celebrating the accomplishments of veterans across the UK workforce. The awards highlight the military skills and values that have enabled business success and recognise organisations that support the transition of servicemen and women into second careers.

Having taken place in London for the past two years, with the most recent event attended by over 900 business and military leaders and raising £50,000 for military charities, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards will head to Scotland for the first time on 3 December, taking place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow's Grand Ballroom. 

The finalists for the Scottish edition of the awards were whittled down from over 250 nominations with the winners decided by a judging panel of military veterans including Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, David Watt, Executive Director of IoD Scotland, and Tim Allan, President of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, said: “Many congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted for an award. As the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, I am struck by how these awards do so much to remind our society of the fantastic talent that exists amongst our veterans community. In an age where public perceptions of the military are maybe based on TV programmes rather than reality, these individuals provide heartening proof that our veterans are contributing so positively. I hope it will nudge yet more employers into realising the benefits of employing a veteran.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by BBC presenter and Invictus Games gold medalist JJ Chalmers who will welcome a keynote address from Graeme Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, as well as live entertainment from the Military Wives Choir and the Royal Scots Association Pipe Band. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is the official charity partner of the awards.

Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, said: “Having been involved in the highly successful British Ex-Forces in Business Awards earlier this year, I am delighted that Scotland now has its own version. Congratulations to all of those businesses who have been shortlisted for an award. We are very proud to be associated with this important event which celebrates veteran employment. We are firm believers in the value service leavers and veterans can bring to business. It is very heartening to see so many employers acknowledging the skills and experiences of those who have served their country.

The Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards are sponsored by Babcock International, FDM Group, Galliford Try, Hitachi, Scottish Power, Sopra Steria and Wood. Supporting partners include the CBI, the Institute of Directors, ADS Group, the Officer’s Association, RFEA, SaluteMyJob and media partners Quest Magazine, BFBS and RealBusiness.co.uk.

Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards – 2019 Finalists

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Sue Bomphray, Barclays 
Louise MacDonald, Wood 
Alice Andrews, KPMG 
Laura Mazzara, Standard Life Assurance 
Michael Hashim, Bruce Stevenson        

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Kirk Mayes, Ross-shire Engineering 
Simon Wilderspin, Diageo 
Michael Allan, Stena Drilling 
Ian Hodge, Peak Scientific 
Robert Cumming, Great Wall Motors 
Derek Downie, Halliburton 
Ian Smith, Gray and Adams

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Kieran Hope, Air Control Entech 
Gavin Neate, Neatebox 
Lawrence Morison, Business Coffee Solutions 
John Jones, SEM Energy 
Tom Morton, Safe Shores Group 
Terry Mallin, Bonfire Recruitment                 

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR        

Alan Cheater, Babcock International 
Mervyn Robb, Colliers International UK 
Mark Laird, Lairds of Troon 
Chris Newlands, Spelfie and Tripsology 
David Alldritt, HighNet        

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR      

Jamieson Rogers, GlaxoSmithKline 
Michael Howie, MH Access 
Dean Stott, PAH Scotland 
Philip Forster, The Football Pools 
Paul Dixon, RBS 
Andy Stephenson, Doosan Babcock 
Sarah Grayston, Wood 
Mark Birkby, Trident Maritime Systems

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ian MacEachern, Aberystwyth University 
Mark Hartree, Leonardo 
Ian Lennock, Midlothian Council 
David Dent, Parexel International 
Brian Howieson, Edinburgh Napier University 
Jim Millar, DC Thomson

MILITARY VALUES IN BUSINESS AWARD  

David Adamson, William Grant & Sons 
Sandy Campbell, FDM Group 
Calum O’Brien, Stork 
Simon Watkins, University of St Andrews 
Andrew Warren, Wood 
Helen Knights, Barclays 
Mike Thomson, Cairn Housing Association
Iain Wynn, Baker Hughes 
Scott Dillon, Arnold Clark

NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR        

Ian Pauley, Barclays 
Daniel McInnes, FDM Group 
Jonathan Hankin, Menzies Aviation 
Bryan Flannagan, City of Glasgow College 
Nicholas Hayes, Openreach 
Ruaridh McIntyre, Nordea 
Robbie Ower, FDM Group 
Mark Anderson, Dover Fueling Solutions

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR  

Stuart Williams, Doosan Babcock 
Nick McCann, Wood 
Ewan Campbell, Capita 
Martyn Knights, BP 
David Gillespie, Collins Aerospace 
Andy Cruickshank, SIG 
Allan Cullen, Vix Technology 
Graham Allison, Amazon 
Euan Fenelon, Natural Power      

RESERVIST OF THE YEAR

Andrew Cross, Aviva 
Lindsay Stewart, Barclays 
Amanda Scott, FDM Group 
Elaine Falconer, Wood 
Thomas Stewart, Forbo Flooring
Gordon McLellan, Barclays

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR       

Gillian Dowds, Fujitsu 
Andy McCreadie, RBS 
Marc Gault, Star Refrigeration 
Niall Raeper, Wood 
Alex Bird, Fieldcore GE 
Chris Douglas, GAC UK 
Anthony Campbell, Openreach 
Neil Taylor, Barclays Wealth

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR      

Douglas Bates, Babcock International 
Carl Tucker, University of Edinburgh 
Tim Worth, Serimax 
Darren Taylor, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 
Michael Philliben, World Wide Technology 
Dale Clarke, BT 
Annie Wallom, University of Stirling 
David Sewell, In2Projects

SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR         

Emma Chesney, Pasquill 
James Griffin, OES Asset Integrity Management 
Scott Campbell, BP 
Ian Horne, Lloyd’s Register 
Trevor Hepburn, Kuwait Oil Company 
Gary McCann, Peak Scientific 
Lowellyne James, Sustainability & CSR Insights 
Lee Williamson, Williamson Wind Service 
Steven Peebles, Sulzer 
Thomas Wallace, J&D Pierce        

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR    

Jemima Estabrook, FDM Group 
Jonathan Anslow, Leonardo 
Janette Graham, 2 Sisters Food Group 
Ross Vallance, FES Support Services 
Dennis Morris, RBS 
Graeme Buckley, ADT Fire & Security 
Mark Handford, Baker Hughes 
Cameron Ross, Openreach 
Karis Hynd, RBS

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