The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the largest celebration and recognition of ex-military personnel in the UK workforce, and the employers that support current and former members of the British Armed Forces.
Servicemen and women spend years adapting to roles and gaining valuable skills. They develop qualities that are hugely adaptable to commercial environments and in demand in the business world, but communicating the transferability of those skills to employers can be challenging. Increasing visibility of role models – military veterans who have carved out successful second careers – is crucial to not only empowering and inspiring current and future service leavers, but to educating employers on the value of supporting the transition of servicemen and women.
The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the flagship platform for providing that visibility on a national scale by celebrating the achievements of veterans in the wider UK workforce and promoting the strong synergies between military values and business excellence. The awards highlight the military-gained skills and qualities that have helped enable their business achievements and recognises the organisations that have supported them.
This exciting, high-profile ceremony not only gathers business leaders and veterans to honour the winners, but also brings together top companies, key military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to advance dialogue and share best practice around the benefits of ex-forces employment initiatives, and ultimately promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the British economy if better utilised across the workforce.
The second annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards will take place on 8 May 2019 in the London Hilton on Park Lane’s spectacular Grand Ballroom. Tickets are now SOLD OUT.
On 17 May 2018, the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place at London’s iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, gathering 500 leaders and stakeholders for the UK’s largest ever celebration of military veterans in business. Host of the awards, broadcaster Julia-Hartley Brewer, welcomed a keynote address from SAS veteran and bestselling author Andy McNab and special entertainment from the Military Wives Choir. Those presenting awards on the evening included General Sir Mike Jackson, who headed the British Army as it entered the Iraq War in 2003, Julian Lewis, MP and Chair of the Defence Select Committee, and Lt General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of the General Staff.
2019 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
2019 SPECIAL ADDRESS
LT. GEN. SIR ANDREW GREGORY
Chief Executive, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity
Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory joined the Royal Artillery in 1981 and served 35 years in the British Army. He deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, the Balkans and as Deputy Commander of 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the months immediately following it. Between 2013 and April 2016 Andrew was a Lieutenant General and Chief of Defence People. In September 2016, having left the Army, he became Chief Executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, an organisation that relieves need, suffering and distress amongst serving military personnel, veterans and their families. Andrew become the 31st Master Gunner St James’s Park on the 1 May 2017.
ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE ZAMBELLAS
First Sea Lord 2013-2016
Admiral Sir George Zambellas completed three years as First Sea Lord in 2016. During his tenure, his focus was on people, to ensure that the quantity and quality of emergent technical expertise would be ready for the new carriers, nuclear submarines and ships being delivered. George began his career as a helicopter pilot, before a series of sea commands, including the UK Amphibious Force, the UK Maritime Force, NATO 4* Maritime Command and the Fleet. An engineer by training, George now has successfully transitioned into numerous business interests in the new technology sectors. He is a Governor of Harrow School, a Director of the White Ensign Association, President of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, an Elder Brother of Trinity House, a trustee of the VC and GC Association, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.
2018 PROMO VIDEO
Ben Farrell MBE
Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis
Chief Executive, Staffline Group
Head of Global eFX Sales, Goldman Sachs
Chief Executive, Viapath
Sir George Zambellas
Former First Sea Lord
Chief Information Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills
Head of Public Sector, EMEAR, Cisco
Director, Security & Data Protection, PwC
Director of Service Delivery, Rackspace
Head of Fleet Services, Royal Mail
Vice President, NTT Data UK
Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK
Managing Director, Credit Suisse
Global Technology Risk Operations Leader, EY
VP Global Solutions & Global Vertical Group Leader for Life Sciences, KellyOCG
Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group
Grand Ballroom, London Hilton on Park Lane. 8 May 2019
Dress code: black tie & mess dress
19.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Welcome and guest speakers
22.00 Presentation of the awards
23.00 Awards party
Programme is subject to change
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
1 February 2019: Nominees notified before this date whether they have been shortlisted
1 April 2019: Shortlist publicly announced
2 April 2019: Judging Day, The Savoy
8 May 2019: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, London Hilton on Park Lane
The winners are decided by the judges based on the information provided in the written submissions. The submissions that explain why the nominee should win in the most detail, within the word limit of 1,000 words, will stand the best chance. They should detail individual achievements and contributions to success, and where possible include quantitative information, such as revenues, profits, margins, cost savings, efficiency gains, productivity gains, returns on investment, customer wins or anything else that demonstrates that individual’s contributions to a business. Testimonials from colleagues, partners or customers can also enhance a nomination. Please note, any information marked as confidential will remain as such. The judges will refer to the criteria of each award (listed below) when judging it, so nominations should adhere to this closely. Submissions that are less than 550 words in length will not be considered. There is no cost to nominate. The editorial and judging teams reserve the right to move submissions to different categories should they be better suited. Good luck!
Advocate of the Year
Business Leader of the Year
Champion of Women Award
Employer of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Inspiration of the Year
A service leader who has overcome adversity – during their military service, during their transition to civilian life or since he or she started a new career – to ultimately achieve success in the business world, or inspired other service leavers through their commitment, dedication and support. Could also be a veteran in business who has inspired others through exceptional behaviour, conduct or perseverance.