British Ex-Forces in Business Awards returns to celebrate veterans’ second careers despite Covid delays

2020 British ex-forces in business
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 Business?is a media partner,?recognises?the 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 Forces?each 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 from?a record-breaking?500 nominations,?with?the winners decided by a judging panel of?military?veterans headed up by Admiral Sir George?Zambellas, former?First Sea Lord?and now chairman of several companies?including?Galaxkey.?Other judges?facing the difficult task of selecting just 20 winners from a?huge?breadth of talent?include business leaders from Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Stanley, Dell, Lloyds Banking Group, Serco, Stagecoach, Thales?and 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, BFBS?and?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?
Dean Beaumont,?Experian?
Ellen Harrison,?Boeing?Defence?UK?
Gemma Jones,?Amazon?
Philip Jackson,?Siemens?
Pippa?Hannaby,?Barclays?
Richard Nelson,?Morrison Utility Services?
Ross?MacKenzie,?Kier?
Sarah?Pylyp,?Jaguar Land Rover?

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR (Large Company)?

David McGinley,?A&P Group?
Gerraint?Oakley,?Platform Housing Group?
James?Pittick,?Canon?
Kerryanne?Wilde,?CERT (UK)?
Len?Pannett,?Visagio?
Matthew?Eyton-Jones,?CERN Pension Fund?
Mike?Wragg,?Nielsen?
Richard Jones,?Sodexo?
Rob Lord,?BT Global?
Stuart Morgan,?Amazon?

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR (SME)?

Alex Sharpe,?China Fleet Trust?
James Hilton,?PVI?
John Wiley,?Herrco?Cosmetics?
Louise Chaplin,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Matt King,?SAFI Valves?
Michael Vincent,?ClearView?Communications?
Peter Moody,?Gap North East?
Rob?Dartnall,?Security Alliance?
Steve Thornton,?Forces Cars Direct?

CHAMPION OF WOMEN AWARD?

Caroline Paige,?CazTac?
Emma Morgan, Amazon
Jules Parke-Robinson,?Ricoh?
Karen Daly-Gherabi,?The Springboard Consultancy?
Katie Lavin,?UBS?
Marion?Perston,?Morrison Utility Services?
Michelle?Partington,?Mentis Training and Consultancy?
Nicki Bass,Resilience at Work?
Rachel?Scandling,?Barclays?

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR?

2Excel Aviation?
Amazon?
Atkins?
Company X Consulting?
Eton Bridge Partners?
Inzpire?
Marsh
Morrison Utility Services?
Openreach?
Serco?
Travis Perkins?

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD?

Andy Baines,?Lynx?
Chris?Havenhand,?Hyperoptic?
Darren Minty,?RINA?
Gary Woods,?JLL Integral?
Graeme Cringle,?Adler and Allan
Jim Heaney,?Optilan?
Jonathan Li,?SP Energy Networks?
Mark Jason Ellis,?Bombardier Transportation?
Michael Williams,?MIDAK Engineering?
Peter Carlin,?FDM Group?

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR?

Alan Dempsey,?GF?Genovate?
Andrew Powell,?route2work?
Christopher?Pallett,?Axel Group International?
Ikenna?Akukalia,?Adada?Care Services?
John Harvey,?The Protector Group?
Lee Horton,?Athena Security Solutions?
Mark Long,?Ignite Consulting?
Michael?Seggie,?Lakeland Fleet?Managment?
Robert Hughes,?Robert Mann?
Scott Cowan,?Africa Legal??

EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR?

Barclays?
Barratt Developments?
Forces CV Services?
Forces Equine?
Frontier Risks Group?
LifeWorks,?Royal British Legion Industries
RV1 Group?
Salesforce?
Services?To?Film?
UBS??

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR?

Adam Hill,?Oncimmune?
Chris Jones,?Homelync?
Gary Woodhead,?CurveBlock?
Jaymin?Mistry,?PA Consulting?
Julian Barker,?British Land?
Marc May,?SYKE?
Matthew McNeill Love,?Honeypot Dating?
Michael McCabe, Intelligence Fusion?
Paul?Nuth,?Driving Miss Daisy?
Richard Walker-Morecroft,?JGOO?

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR?

Aima?Owen,?Openreach?
Danny Shanahan, Seven Technologies Group?
David?Bence,?SubSea?Craft?
Dougie?Leacy,?Bell Integration?
Jonas Fieldhouse,?GE Healthcare Partners?
Kevin?Bazeley,?GE Aviation Systems?
Lisa Marr,?Barclays?
Peter Docker,?Why Not Un?
Sam Worthington-Leese,?Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group / TUI?
Samuel T. Reddy,?TriExForces?Group?

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTAWARD?

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?
Mark?Burby,?Aviation Partners?
Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE,?Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust / Good Things Foundation
Stephen Heard,?Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust??

MILITARY?VALUES?IN BUSINESS?AWARD?

Andrew Bass,?Deloitte?
Brian?Bambrick-Sattar,?Syneos?Health?
Jonathan Rees,?Home Office?
Karl Simons,?Thames Water?
Mark Duggan,?The Pallet Network?
Mike?Wigg,?Rosslyn Data Technologies?
Phil Wright,?Brinks Global Services?
Roger Morton,?Bovis?Homes?
Sam?Instone,?AES?
Stuart Dolan,?BAE Systems?Marine?

NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR?

Cheryl Burgess,?Openreach?
David Orr, NCC Group
Edward Coward,?Kuehne?+ Nagel?
Lorna Collins,?RINA?
Nathan Davis,?Utley?
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?

Alan Gilfillan,?Bovis?Homes?
Andrew Neil,?RPS Partnership?
Chris Wardle, Expense Reduction Analysts?
James Harrison,?Virtual Clarity
Josie Preston,?The Ritz Club?
Lee Shepherd,?Amazon?
Mickey Rooney,?JLL?
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?
Cristan?Massey,?IT Lab?
Gareth?Hetheridge,?Rolls-Royce?
James Cox, Atkins?
James Heaton-Smith,?Defence?Infrastructure?Organisation
James Turner,?Compass Group UK&I?
Lt?Cdr?Jon?Wheale,?Barclays?
Philip Day,?Laing O’Rourke?
Robert?Skeggs,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Steve Cottrell,?Morrison Utility Services?

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR?

Ben Potts,?UBS?
Holly?Ferneyhough,?Atalian?Servest?
James Moore,?Morgan Philips Group?
Karl Crosbie,?Morrison Utility Services?
Laurie Reynolds,?Aviva?
Luke?Bonnett,?Frazer-Nash Consultancy?
Neil Usborne,?FDM Group?
Nick Galle,?Wilson James?
Paul Owen,?Wesleyan?
Rob Tarn,?Bovis?Homes??

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR?

John Cockburn,?Eton Bridge Partners?
Andy?Titerickx,?Jacobs?
Steve Lane,?Capita?
Kevin Miller,?FES FM?
Eddie Simpson,?Abertay?University?
Sharon McCann,?Solent?NHS Trust?
George?Vlachonikolis,?Headington?School, Oxford?
Adrian Tilley,?Ocean Software?
Martin Fielding,?Raytheon UK?
Helen Buffett,?Technogym??

SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR?

Alex Yates,?Leidos?
Andrew Lowe,?Sodexo?
Daniel Moran,?ManpowerGroup?Solutions?
Dominic Collins,?CBRE?
Duane?Hasnip,?GAM London?
Edward Hill,?Booking.com?
Glenn?Sutherland,?Babcock International?
Michael Areola,?Airbus?
Paul Gardener,?Atkins?
Stephen Gailey,?Exabeam??

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR?

Adam Casey,?i3Works?
Alan McPherson,?Cromwell Tools?
Daniel Saxton,?TUV?Rehinland?UK?
George?Gelston,?Tithegrove?
Jonathan?Beever,?Barclays?
Mark Hardman,?Sodexo?
Peter Hopes,?RBS?
Phillip Oulton,?BT?
Rich Jones,?Atkins?
Will Pearson,?First Bus?

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR?

Ben?Bardsley,?Bardsley?England?
Callum?Coombes,?Safepoint?
Dean Fennell-Connell,?Conduent?
James?Wagstaff,?MTC Training?
Jonathan Cheeseman,?Bishop?Grosseteste?University?
Oliver?Leeming,?CBRE?
Ralph Cooke,?Nusteel?Structures?
Richard?Coulthard,?Auden Financial Services?
Steven Bicker,?Amazon?
William Pickering,?JLL??

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