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Military Veterans Recognised For Their Business Achievements

Military Veterans Recognised For Their Business Achievements


16 Apr, 2018

New awards programme identifies business role models for service leavers to support them during resettlement and promote the value of military-gained skills in the wider UK workforce.

LONDON, 16 April: The finalists for the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the largest ever celebration of military veterans in the UK workforce, are today revealed.

The awards programme, held in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS), is dedicated to uncovering the achievements of ex-forces personnel who are now excelling in business, presenting them as important role models for service leavers.

Each year over 16,000 servicemen and women leave the military. Despite having developed transferable qualities that are in demand in the business world, many find the process of resettling to civilian life and finding a place in the wider UK workforce a difficult period.

The awards ceremony, taking place in London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on 17 May, highlights these adaptable skills by shining a light on the business achievements they have helped enable, and recognises the organisations that have supported service leavers.

The high-profile ceremony will gather hundreds of business leaders to reveal and honour the winners, as well as bringing together top companies, military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to raise awareness of resettlement issues, encourage the development of ex-forces employment schemes and promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the UK economy if better utilised across the workforce.

Gavin Jackson, UK managing director at AWS, said: 

“We are thrilled to see so many talented military veterans recognised for their outstanding achievements in business. We find that many of the qualities that are foundational to military service are invaluable for our own organisation, “Hiring transitioning military veterans and military spouses is a fantastic opportunity for any company to grow its talent pool, and we are proud to support the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards which extol the virtues of these men and women.”

The awards attracted over 250 nominations and include categories for Business Leader of the Year, Employer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Woman of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

The ceremony will be presented by journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer who will welcome former SAS soldier and bestselling author Andy McNab as a guest speaker as well as entertainment from the Military Wives Choir. Those presenting awards on the evening include General Sir Mike Jackson, who headed the British Army as it entered the Iraq War in 2003, and Falklands War hero Simon Weston CBE.

As well as Amazon Web Services, whose AWS re:Start programme equips service leavers with the latest software development and cloud computing technologies to perform technology roles, other sponsors of the awards include FDM Group, Kuehne + Nagel, PwC, Santander and Transport for London. Soldier On! has been selected as charity partner and Quest magazine is supporting as media partner.

Ben Rossi, journalist and founder of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, said: 

“Servicemen and women develop qualities that are easily transferable to roles in business, yet many employers fail to recognise this or are deterred by common misconceptions. Recognising these attributes and doing more to recruit, train and generally support military veterans is not only the right thing to do but it’s also vital to the prosperity of our economy. We were overwhelmed by the talent on display in the nominations received for the awards, and we look forward to recognising this unique and admirable group of people on 17 May.”

British Ex-Forces in Business Awards – finalists

Advocate of the Year

Chris Coghlan, Bibimoney 
David Bruce, Global Cloud Xchange 
Hugh Andree, ForceSelect 
John Chantry, Barclays 
Mark Parr, KPMG 
Neil Porter, BAM 
Richard Quellyn-Roberts, Mitmark

Business Leader of the Year

David Wilkins MBE, Goldman Sachs 
Karl Havard, PA Consulting Group 
Marcus James, CBRE 
Mark Carnaghan, 2 Sisters Food Group 
Mark Taylor, Taylor Consulting Group 
Robert Hughes-Penney, Rathbone Brothers 
Scott Lane, Day Webster 
Scott Porter, Top Conker

Employer of the Year

Balfour Beatty 
Jaguar Land Rover 
Transport for London 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Daryl Flack, BlockPhish 
Gavin Lumsden, Essential Teaching UK 
Guy Richardson, EIGER Performance 
Kevin Jefcoate, Blackhawk Network
Richard Turner, Turner Tech Consulting 
Steve McCarthy, Hansei Technology 
Stuart Pearce, SMARTech Energy 
Tony Knights, Knights Group Worldwide

Innovator of the Year

Che Armstrong Chingang, HSBC 
Haig Tyler, Herbert Smith Freehills 
John Flexman, Norton Rose Fulbright 
Matthew Hopkinson, Didobi
Nicholas Mazzei, BT 
Richard Gill, Drone Defence 
Simon Davies, Spectra Group 
Tony Reeves, Microsoft

Inspiration of the Year

Alex MacEwen, BlackRock 
Ally Musthan, Artisan People 
Christopher McDonald, Network Rail 
Daniel Richards, Academies Enterprise Trust 
Darren Smith, Curbside Gaming 
Gareth Fulton, Experian 
Paul Bensley, Tarmac Building Products 
Rory Mackenzie, RM Speaking

Lifetime Achievement

Andrew Whitehorn, Workplace Solutions
Collin Singer, Wagtail UK 
Craig Summers, Sky News 
David Dent, Parexel International 
Dr Jon Lamonte, Transport for Greater Manchester 
Gary Stockton, Komankra 
Julian Knight, Dynamic Capital Management 
Major Scott Kirkwood, Advocate Design 
William McTavish Martin-Grayston, Sovereign FM

New Service Leaver of the Year

Adam Meyer, Awareness Response Training 
Ben Davis, Barclays Investment Bank 
Daniel Frost, Marks and Spencer 
Iain Church, Moringa Miracles 
Mark Willis, Goldman Sachs 
Richard Shepherd, Bring The Game Over 
Thomas Varty, J.P Morgan

Outstanding Achiever of the Year

Andrew MacLeod, Hear Their Cries
Andy Lewis, Cadent 
Craig Henshaw, MedaPhor 
Darren Holmes, Wates 
Edward Osborne, Virtualstock
Jordan Wylie, JWC International 
Steve Marshall, Aldi 
Steven Higgs, Mezzanine International

Rising Star of the Year

Damon Tyler, NHS Calderdale CCG 
David Edgar, Barclays 
James Randall, Siemens 
James Stafford Allen, Moody's Investors Service 
Jamie Wood, Harniss
Lee Leyland, CIS Security 
Mark Wilson, ConocoPhillips 
Morgan Scrase, Rarden Safety Solutions

Role Model of the Year

Craig Dunbar, Scania 
Daisy Coleman, Coleman Racing
Jim Mathieson, Shell 
John Allwood, Lead Forensics 
Neil Denton, Home Office 
Nick Onslow, Russell Ulyatt 
Rowena Fell, EY 
Sean Molino, Forces Fitness

Service Leaver of the Year

James Hawker, KPMG 
Justin Jones, Thomsons Online Benefits 
Lee Whitworth, A&E Harmonious Compliance Training 
Pete Thornton, Bidfood 
Peter Speight, Howdens Joinery 
Raoul Mooyaart, Korn Ferry Hay Group 
Scott Hardisty, Pirtek 
Stephen Childs, Debenhams

Team Leader of the Year

Bernard McPhail, Integral 
Chris Hancock, Multrees Investor Services 
Colin Sellars, Cornwall Council 
Darren Lucas, Lambeth College 
Gareth Evans, Cisco 
Gary Moore, Annodata 
Michael Ellul, Encon Insulation 
Tim Eastwood, UBS

Woman of the Year

Angela Owen, Women in Defence UK and PA Consulting Group 
Caroline Neil, RPS Partnership 
Gemma Gardner, Holistic Dreamz Consultancy 
Jane Wainwright, PwC 
Rebecca Halliwell-Coutts, Foran Solutions 
Sam Smith, KellyOCG

Young Leader of the Year

Adam Ottway, Ecolog International 
Benjamin Bobroff, BlackRock 
Christopher Parkes, Julius Rutherfoord & Co 
Jamal Abbasi, UK Government's Stabilisation Unit
James Bromfield, Barclays International Banking
Jon-Paul Brett, Burberry 
Linsey Vance, Datapipe 
Sudershan Dadlani, Kinara International

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