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Soldiering On Awards 2020: 10th anniversary finalists announced

Soldiering On Awards 2020: 10th anniversary finalists announced


13 Jan, 2020

QUEST is delighted to share news of the finalists in each category of the 2020 Soldiering On Awards, celebrating the very best of the Armed Forces community

In selecting this year’s finalists, Awards president, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE, MC, DL and vice-president Debra Allcock-Tyler CEO, the Directory of Social Change, led a distinguished panel of judges to choose from an outstanding field of nominations, with a record number of submissions having been received for this 10th anniversary year. 

All finalists will be invited to a private reception at the House of Lords in February, hosted by Lord Dannatt and attended by Awards patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC and special guests. Overall winners will be announced at a prestigious black-tie event at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on Friday 24 April 2020. 

The overall winners of two of the categories, the People’s Choice Award and Animal Partnership Award, will be decided by an online public vote, which will commence from 20 February here.

Says Awards president, Lord Dannatt, ‘I would like to thank everybody involved with this extremely worthwhile task; the judges who’ve given their valuable time to select the finalists and those who selflessly nominated others in the first instance. I would also like to thank those who support the Armed Forces community in the widest sense, whether it is charities, businesses, individuals or local authorities. These Awards represent the essence of that community and this year’s finalists are role models for us all.’

Awards patron, the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC adds: ‘It is an honour to be announcing such outstanding finalists in this, the Soldiering On Awards’ 10th anniversary year. Each group of finalists stands on the shoulders of remarkable people who have gone before them, and they are now the worthy holders of this special recognition on behalf of the Armed Forces community. We salute you all!’ 

Soldiering On Awards co-chairs, Lt Col. Ren Kapur MBE and Wg Cdr Tal Lambert MBE, continue: ‘The Armed Forces lead the way in demonstrating what it truly means to be a supportive community, both when duty calls and beyond into civilian life. The ethos, values and achievements of each of this year’s finalists are remarkable and they deserve our hearty congratulations to have reached this position among so much worthy competition.’ 


Family Values

Sponsored by The Military Mutual

  • Give Us Time (London)
  • Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers (King’s Lynn)
  • Paula Edwards (Tyne & Wear)

Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award

Sponsored by Redwood Technologies 

  • Combat Stress Occupational Therapy Team (Leatherhead, Surrey) 
  • Martin Diver (Brighton) 
  • Sapper Support (Kirklees, West Yorkshire) 

Education, Training and Development Award

Sponsored by Capita 

  • Army Foundation College Harrogate (Harrogate) 
  • LifeWorks (Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent) 
  • Mission Motorsport (Wantage, Oxfordshire) 

The Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award

Sponsored by FiMT 

  • Charnwood, Melton and Rushcliffe Borough Councils Partnership (Loughborough) 
  • Forces Connect South East (Woking, Surrey) 
  • Sussex, Kent and Medway Armed Forces Network Team (Lewes, Sussex) 

Defence Inclusivity Award

Sponsored by Landmarc 

  • Col. Leona Barr-Jones (North Hertfordshire) 
  • Defence Diversity Networks (Aldershot) 
  • Regional Command BAME Engagement Team (Aldershot) 

Inspiration Award

Sponsored by NatWest 

  • Lee Spencer (Plymouth) 
  • Maj. Sally Orange (Staffordshire)
  • Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers (King’s Lynn) 

People’s Choice Award

Sponsored by Oracle (public vote) 

  • Lt Col. Deborah Taylor (Surrey) 
  • Matthew Ellmer (Northants) 
  • Richard and Dawn Woodhouse – Holidays for Heroes Jersey (Jersey) 
  • Hector Duff OBE (Isle of Man) 

Animal Partnership Award

Sponsored by Pets at Home (public vote) 

  • Barry Coase and Bella (Eastbourne) 
  • Battling On Animals and Staff (Cornwall) 
  • Chris Lewis and Jet (currently walking the entire coast of the UK) 
  • Stable Lives (Wigan) 

Sporting Excellence Award

Sponsored by Spectra Group 

  • Michael Lewis (Northampton) 
  • James Rose (Middlesbrough) 
  • Jody Jones (Hertfordshire) 

Business of the Year – Start Up Award

Sponsored by GKN Aerospace 

  • Thoughtify (Coulsdon, Croydon, Surrey) 
  • Toddle (Wrexham, North Wales) 
  • Tribal Tracks (Northleach, Gloucester) 

Business of the Year – Scale Up

Sponsored by London Stock Exchange Group 

  • Geollect Ltd (Bristol) 
  • IED Training Solutions Ltd (Arbroath, Angus, Scotland)
  • ThorpyFx Ltd (nr Banbury, South Northamptonshire) 

Business of the Year – Community Impact Award

Sponsored by Cisco 

  • Armour to Barber (Redruth, Cornwall) 
  • Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT) (Cardiff, Wales) 
  • Turn to Starboard (Falmouth, Cornwall) 

The Greenwich Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Greenwich Hospital 

  • Emlyn Phennah (Gloucestershire) 
  • Harold Payne (Spalding)
  • The Not Forgotten (London) 

The Soldiering On Awards is a brand of X-Forces Enterprise CIC. To find out more, click here.

About the Awards

The Soldiering On Awards (SOA) recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country. We aim to encourage support for this remarkable community by celebrating the achievements of the people, teams, charities, businesses and animal partners within it. 

The Awards highlight the valuable contribution, ethos, skills and can-do attitude that ex-Service personnel, reservists, veterans and their families bring to society as a whole, along with all those who work together in supporting this ethos and community. 

10th anniversary year 

2020 marks SOA’s 10th anniversary year and we will be highlighting the achievements of many past milestones, finalists and winners on Awards night. 

Independent judging panel

Each category has been rigorously judged by two rounds of independent judging panels. Judging is co-chaired by the Awards’ president, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE MC, DL, and vice president Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change. To see the full list of Awards judges, Click here


We believe that winning an award should be the start of a journey, not the end. Awards night is the first step on a 12-month journey of support for Award winners on the next stage of their journeys. Each winner will have a bespoke 12-month programme of support from the range of services provided through XFE and/or our partners. This programme of support, called 3:6:12, incudes promotion and knowledge exchange or connections.

Charity raffle in support of the Armed Forces community

An important aspect of the Awards is to give back to support those in need within the community. In 2020 we will hold a raffle in support of Navy, Army and RAF benevolent funds, coordinated by ABF the Soldiers’ Charity. 

Sponsors and supporters

The Awards are made possible only through the generous support of our sponsors and supporters. For full details, click here.

About X-Forces Enterprise 

In August 2018, following a successful one-year partnership, the Soldiering On Awards (SOA) became a fully integrated brand of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) – the UK’s largest provider of enterprise and business support to the military community – thereby able to harness the full support of XFE and its partners to deliver enhanced recognition and support to the Armed Forces community through the Awards.

XFE supports the Armed Forces community in a number of ways, including enterprise education, start-up and scale-up support for businesses and organisations, community engagement, knowledge exchange, networking and awards. To date it has helped more than 1,700 entrepreneurs launch their own businesses and supported thousands more intrapreneurs on their chosen career paths through 27,000-plus hours of training provision. XFE is the official provider of start-up funding for the Armed Forces community, with more than £16 million of seed funding lent through the government-backed Start Up Loans scheme and an industry-leading success rate of more than 90%. 

XFE’s support is available to Service leavers, veterans, reservists, spouses, widows, cadets and family members over 18. To find out more, click here.

Useful info

Facebook: @SoldieringOnAwards 
Twitter: @SoldierOnAwards 
Instagram: @SoldieringOnAwards 
LinkedIn: @soldiering on awards 


If you would like to enquire about tickets and table purchases for the Awards ceremony, please call Jan Taylor on 07702 266712 or email

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