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Shaun Pascoe: Sailing veterans to a brighter future
Shaun Pascoe: Sailing veterans to a brighter future
COVER STORY
Research has long found that the ocean has a calming effect on our minds. The sight and sound of water can put us into a mild meditative state, which helps to lower stress levels, improve mental clarity and give a boost to our health and well-being. One veteran who understands the healing power of the sea is veteran Shaun Pascoe. In this special feature for QUEST, Mark Hardaker describes how, upon leaving the RAF, Shaun used his resettlement fund to learn how to sail and went on to set up a charity to help other Service personnel affected by military operations.
They’re the business!
They’re the business!
COVER STORY
Last month, the second annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards ceremony saw 900 business and military leaders gather for the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in business. As one of the Awards’ proud sponsors, QUEST is delighted to report on the events of the night and – above all – the 19 inspirational award winners honoured this year for their outstanding achievements in the workplace.
This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of QUEST!
This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of QUEST!
COVER STORY
When the first edition rolled off the press in spring 1999, the aim was for it to be the essential guide to funding, courses, careers and resettlement. Two decades down the line, we hope we’re staying true to that purpose.
A lesson in preparation
A lesson in preparation
COVER STORY
Having decided to leave the Armed Forces after 22 years’ service Carl James (Jamo) set about preparing thoroughly for his upcoming move to civvy street. So thoroughly that he began four years before he was due to leave. Music to our ears as that’s something we at Quest are very keen to encourage readers to do. Here he tells us how he did it …
The enterprise effect
The enterprise effect
COVER STORY
Since its launch, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) – the leading organisation for enterprise in the Armed Forces community – has nurtured and guided more than 1,300 new businesses and facilitated £12.45 million in seed funding.
The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
COVER STORY
Veterans’ Gateway is a 24-hour service that helps former Armed Forces personnel to navigate their new lives as civilians. But who are the people at the end of the phone line and what is their own experience of resettlement?
Lucky fella - Roger Bradley
Lucky fella - Roger Bradley
COVER STORY
From fastest chef in the RAF to gym-owning fitness trainer, Roger Bradley seems to have led a charmed life. ‘How many of us are able to find what we want to do in life and follow our dream?’
Driven Ms Daisy
Driven Ms Daisy
COVER STORY
Not content with a career as a training consultant in engineering and a more-than-sideline as an international champion powerboat racer, former RA ‘gunner’ Daisy Coleman is also working to encourage young people to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, to address the national skills gap. ‘With up to 20,000 Service leavers facing the resettlement challenge each year,’ says Daisy, ‘I stand testimony to the fact that there is life beyond the Forces – and that we have a plethora of transferable skills.’
A brush with success
A brush with success
COVER STORY
Veteran Paratrooper and business owner, David Hutchings, along with his wife Jenny, an estate agent, are pursuing a plastic-free lifestyle. In their move to reduce household plastic use they realised that toothbrushes pose some of the biggest difficulties – from forgetting to buy new ones to the problem of sourcing bamboo brushes on the weekly shop. To address such concerns they launched The Pearly White Company, creating a convenient plastic-free version of a product people can’t live without …
Transferable talent recognised
Transferable talent recognised
COVER STORY
On 17 May the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards ceremony took place at London’s iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, bringing together 500 leaders and stakeholders for the UK’s largest ever celebration of military Veterans in business. As one of the programme’s proud sponsors, QUEST is delighted to bring you this report on the events of the night and – most importantly – the very special Service leavers recognised for their outstanding achievements.

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