The 2020 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is back on track following Government guidelines that live events can resume from October. The event announced its finalists from over 500 nominations across multiple impact-led categories, including Champion of Women and Employer of the Year.
The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is a flagship programme that celebrates military veterans” achievements in second careers. The finalists for the awards have been released today, and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on 20 October 2020.
The Awards ceremony gathers business leaders, veterans, top employers, current serving officers, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to highlight the significant value that ex-military add to the UK economy. The event was initially meant to take place in May, but because of the coronavirus outbreak, organiser Disrupt Media Group found a way to keep the momentum going until the Government’s announcement on 17 July that business events can resume from October.
Disrupt Media Group is now working with the venue, Grosvenor House Hotel, to implement measures that will enable the event to take place safely on 20 October.
The?awards programme,?of which?Real Businessis a media partner,?recognisesthe achievements of ex-forces personnel who are now?excelling in?their second careers.
By showcasing the military-gained attributes that have enabled their?post-service success, the awards aim to demonstrate to employers the business value of hiring?veterans.?
The thousands of servicemen and women who leave the Armed Forceseach year create a rich?pool of talent for employers,?underpinned by‘skills and values that?easily?transfer into a wide spectrum of roles. Yet transitioning back to civilian life and establishing a meaningful second career can be challenging. Visibility of role models across different sectors is often lacking, and depictions of veterans in the media can fuel damaging misconceptions.
In a study by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity,?three in ten UK hirers‘said they?d feel reluctant to hire someone who served in the military.?
SSAFA is the official charity partner of the awards, and one of its key initiatives is a mentoring scheme for service leavers. Every year, SSAFA helps more than 73,000 people from the forces family “get on their feet”, including those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families.
Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory was a former Chief of Defence People and now heads up SSAFA as CEO. “SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is very proud to be associated with this important event which celebrates veteran employment,” he 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.
The 2020″finalists were whittled down fromA record-breaking£500 nominations,?withthe winners decided by a judging panel of military?veterans headed up by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former?First Sea LordAnd now chairman of several companiesincluding?Galaxkey. Other judges”facing the difficult task of selecting just 20 winners from a huge breadth of talentinclude business leaders from Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Stanley, Dell, Lloyds Banking Group, Serco, Stagecoach, ThalesAnd Knight Frank.
“In operational planning, UK military people are comfortable asking ‘what’s changed ‘, and then reacting accordingly,” Admiral Sir George Zambellas said. “Those same honest qualities of analysis and agility are needed now, as we face changed business environments in the COVID-19 era. So, I’m delighted that so many ex-forces men and women, who have chosen a life in business, have the cunning and resilience to succeed. I’m very proud to support them.
Since launching in 2018, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards has become a crucial initiative for promoting a positive narrative nationally of veterans as great assets to employers across all sectors, and has led the way in increasing visibility of business role models for service leavers.
Last year, the awards showcased the second-career achievements of nearly 300 veterans and reservists at ceremonies in London and Glasgow attended by more than 1,400 business leaders and over 450 employers.
The awards are sponsored by?A&P Group, Barratt?Developments, FDM Group,?Galliford“Try, Marsh, Morrison Utility Services, Santander and Sopra?Steria.?Other supporters include the Officers” Association, RFEA The Forces Employment Charity,?SaluteMyJob, the White Ensign Association and media partners?Real Business, BFBSAnd Quest Magazine. Last year’s events raised over ?60,000 for military charities.?
The 2020 finalists
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR?
Christopher Fairless,?The Unique Group International?
Darren Lloyd,?Kuehne?+ Nagel?
Richard Nelson,?Morrison Utility Services?
Sarah?Pylyp,?Jaguar Land Rover?
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR (Large Company)?
David McGinley,?A&P Group?
Gerraint?Oakley,?Platform Housing Group?
Matthew?Eyton-Jones,?CERN Pension Fund
Rob Lord,?BT Global?
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR (SME)?
Alex Sharpe,?China Fleet Trust?
Louise Chaplin,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Matt King,?SAFI Valves?
Peter Moody,?Gap North East?
Rob Dartnall,?Security Alliance
Steve Thornton,?Forces Cars Direct?
CHAMPION OF WOMEN AWARD?
Emma Morgan, Amazon
Karen Daly-Gherabi,?The Springboard Consultancy?
Marion?Perston,?Morrison Utility Services?
Michelle Partington,?Mentis Training and Consultancy?
Nicki Bass,Resilience at Work?
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR?
Company X Consulting?
Eton Bridge Partners?
Morrison Utility Services?
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD?
Gary Woods,?JLL Integral?
Graeme Cringle,?Adler and Allan
Jonathan Li,?SP Energy Networks?
Mark Jason Ellis,?Bombardier Transportation?
Michael Williams,?MIDAK Engineering?
Peter Carlin,?FDM Group?
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR?
Christopher?Pallett,?Axel Group International?
John Harvey,?The Protector Group?
Lee Horton,?Athena Security Solutions?
Mark Long,?Ignite Consulting?
Robert Hughes,?Robert Mann?
Scott Cowan,?Africa Legal??
EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR?
Forces CV Services?
Frontier Risks Group?
LifeWorks,?Royal British Legion Industries
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR?
Julian Barker,?British Land
Matthew McNeill Love,?Honeypot Dating?
Michael McCabe, Intelligence Fusion?
Paul?Nuth,?Driving Miss Daisy?
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR?
Danny Shanahan, Seven Technologies Group?
Jonas Fieldhouse,?GE Healthcare Partners?
Kevin?Bazeley,?GE Aviation Systems?
Peter Docker,?Why Not Un?
Sam Worthington-Leese,?Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group / TUI?
Samuel T. Reddy,?TriExForces?Group?
Anthony Knights,?Knights Group Worldwide
Christopher Norton,?2Excel Aviation?
Gary Headland,?Lincoln College Group?
Gerard O’Donovan,?Noble Manhattan Group
Ian Phoenix,?NHS Digital?
Justin?Packshaw“MBE,?Joro?Experiences / Bruhn?NewTech
Lynn Roddy,?Home Instead Senior Care Tavistock?&“Tamar Valley?
Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE,?Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust / Good Things Foundation
Stephen Heard,?Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust??
Jonathan Rees,?Home Office
Karl Simons,?Thames Water?
Mark Duggan,?The Pallet Network?
Mike Wigg,?Rosslyn Data Technologies?
Phil Wright,?Brinks Global Services?
Stuart Dolan,?BAE Systems“Marine?
NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR?
David Orr, NCC Group
Edward Coward,?Kuehne?+ Nagel?
Nick Garland,?CDW /?Sunnies?
Richard Wilkins, Atkins?
Sean?Wingrove,?Core Technology Systems?
Steve Kelly,?FDM Group?
Stuart?Keighley,?Morrison Utility Services?
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR?
Andrew Neil,?RPS Partnership?
Chris Wardle, Expense Reduction Analysts?
James Harrison,?Virtual Clarity
Josie Preston,?The Ritz Club
Richard Hay,?Kuehne?+ Nagel?
Stephen?Maclennan,?North of England Protection and Indemnity Association?
Tracie Sharp,?Co-op Funeral Care?
RESERVIST OF THE YEAR?
Andrew Bailey,?Co-Op Pharmacy?
James Cox, Atkins?
James Heaton-Smith,?Defence“Infrastructure Organisation
James Turner,?Compass Group UK&I?
Philip Day,?Laing O’Rourke
Robert?Skeggs,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Steve Cottrell,?Morrison Utility Services?
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR?
James Moore,?Morgan Philips Group?
Karl Crosbie,?Morrison Utility Services?
Luke Bonnett,?Frazer-Nash Consultancy?
Neil Usborne,?FDM Group?
Nick Galle,?Wilson James?
ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR?
John Cockburn,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Kevin Miller,?FES FM?
Sharon McCann,?SolentNHS Trust?
George Vlachonikolis,?Headington?School, Oxford
Adrian Tilley,?Ocean Software?
Martin Fielding,?Raytheon UK?
SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR?
Duane Hasnip,?GAM London?
TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR?
Alan McPherson,?Cromwell Tools?
Will Pearson,?First Bus?
YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR?
Richard Coulthard,?Auden Financial Services?