NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2019 AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN

The deadline for submitting a nomination is 21 December 2018. Nominate a military veteran today!

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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 readily transferable and in demand in the business world, but transitioning back to civilian life and finding a place in the wider UK workforce can be a difficult period for many of the 16,000+ military leavers each year. Despite so many people having gone through a similar transition, service leavers can often feel alone with a lack of visible role models.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is dedicated to providing a much-needed platform for uncovering and promoting the achievements of ex-military who are now excelling in the business world, presenting them as important role models for current and future service leavers. The awards highlight the military-gained skills and values that have helped enable their business achievements and recognises the organisations that have supported them.

The 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 raise awareness of resettlement issues, further dialogue around the importance of ex-forces employment initiatives, and promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the British economy if better utilised across the UK 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. Nominations are now OPEN and will close on 21 December 2018.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

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

SIR CHARLIE MAYFIELD
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
Former army officer Sir Charlie Mayfield became John Lewis Partnership’s fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development and joined the Board as Development Director in 2001. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Partnership. Charlie is Chair of the Productivity Leadership Group and is the President of the Employee Ownership Association. He is also a Trustee of Place2Be, Non-Executive Chairman of QA and a Trustee of the British Museum. He received a knighthood in June 2013 for services to business.

2019 SPECIAL ADDRESS

SIR ANDREW GREGORY
Chief Executive, SSAFA
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.

HEAD JUDGE

SIR GEORGE ZAMBELLAS
First Sea Lord 2013-2016
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.

MEDIA

Forces TV was among numerous national media brands that attended the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018, interviewing General Sir Mike Jackson and Andy McNab about the importance of the event.

MEDIA

2018 PROMO VIDEO

JUDGING PANEL

 

Ben Farrell MBE

Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis

Chris Pullen

Chief Executive, Staffline Group

David Wilkins

Head of Global eFX Sales, Goldman Sachs

Dougie Dryburgh

Chief Executive, Viapath

Sir George Zambellas

Former First Sea Lord

Haig Tyler

Chief Information Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills

Hugh Eaton

Head of Public Sector, EMEAR, Cisco

Linsey Vance

Director of Service Delivery, Rackspace

Lyanne Maclean

Head of Fleet Services, Royal Mail

Mike Jones

Vice President, NTT Data UK

Peter Ruddock

Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK

Philip Harris

Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Rowena Fell

Global Technology Risk Operations Leader, EY

Sam Smith

VP Global Solutions & Global Vertical Group Leader for Life Sciences, KellyOCG

Stewart Sharman

Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group

AGENDA

 

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

20.25 Dinner

22.00 Presentation of the awards

22.45 Entertainment

23.00 Awards party

01.00 Carriages

Programme is subject to change

NOMINATE

 

TIMELINE

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

21 December 2018: Nominations close

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

GUIDELINES

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!

NOMINATE

Advocate of the Year
An organisation or individual that has demonstrated a great desire to support service leavers through their resettlement and into a new career in the last 18 months, or acted as a strong advocate for what ex-forces personnel or reservists can bring to business. The judges will examine specific efforts in this area, as well as ex-forces initiatives and the overall impact of these efforts. 
Business Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department or division within a large organisation, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the organisation, or the relevant department within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their leadership and through their own individual achievements.
Champion of Women Award
With women often less recognised and represented than their male counterparts both in business and the armed forces, this important category recognises former servicewomen who have committed themselves to being a role model or mentor to other female service leavers and/or women in business, or who have demonstrated strong commitment to advocating, promoting and supporting gender diversity in the military and/or business. It could also be former servicewomen who have inspired others because of gender biases or discrimination they have had to overcome in either their military or business career. The judges will assess the overall impact of their efforts in advancing gender diversity and/or empowering other women to succeed and overcome barriers.
Employer of the Year
An organisation that has demonstrated a great desire to attract, retain and support ex-forces personnel. Judges will look at the employer’s overall commitment to the ex-forces community in the last 18 months, including its efforts to recruit them, support them in their resettlement and help them grow through the organisation, as well as examples of recognising and promoting the skills of military service leavers and supporting reservists.
Entrepreneur of the Year
This category is for service leavers who have taken the bold step of starting their own business. The judges will assess the growth of the company since it was launched by the candidate, as well as results in the last 18 months. They will examine the candidate’s leadership and strategy, standout achievements and customer testimonials, as well as the actual performance of the company (turnover, profit, employees etc.).
Innovator of the Year
A business or technology leader who has demonstrated outstanding innovation that has contributed to an organisation’s success or helped to disrupt a business or industry. This could be innovation on an operational or project level within an organisation or something that has impacted other people or organisations in the form of a new product or idea. Judges will examine how innovative the leader has been by looking at individual achievements and how they’ve changed the way something is consumed or done.
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 and act as an inspiration to others.
Lifetime Achievement
This category looks at the achievements of the candidates throughout their whole career, both in the military and their business achievements after leaving the military. The judges will look at each candidate’s contributions to defending British freedom during their time in the forces, as well as what they have contributed to the British economy through their business achievements since leaving the forces.
Military Partner of the Year
Spouses are a crucial part of the military community, building and maintaining a home life while their serving partners are deployed domestically or internationally. This award recognises the business achievements of military partners, recognising their career commitments and advancements amidst the uncertainty and transiency that can come with having a partner in the forces. The judges will assess the business accomplishments of the military partner, the challenges they have overcome in advancing their career while supporting their partner, and how they have channelled the strong attributes common in military spouses into business.
Military Virtues in Business Award
This award recognises a former serviceman or woman who has created successful business results and advanced their career by consistently exhibiting and applying military virtues to their role and activities. The judges will want to see specific examples of how military virtues, honed during the applicant’s time in the armed forces, were deployed in business scenarios to strong effect, generating results that were tangible for the organisation or praised and recognised by others for the positive effect they had.
New Service Leaver of the Year
This category recognises ex-forces personnel who left the military less than two years ago and, through an effective transition, are already achieving great things in business. The judges will examine standout achievements since the candidates left the forces, including demonstrations of leadership or innovation, contributions to successful projects, and examples or testimonials that highlight the business potential and promise they have shown.
Outstanding Achiever of the Year
This category recognises an outstanding business achievement (or achievements) in the last 18 months from somebody who used to serve in the forces. This could be somebody who has demonstrated outstanding commercial results, transformed an organisation or culture, significantly improved the way an organisation is run, achieved something outstanding for the ex-forces community, or inspired others to achieve.
Reservist of the Year
This category recognises the importance of British reservists by recognising those who have demonstrated excellent achievements in their career while also dedicating themselves to the commitments required of the Reserve Forces. Judges will assess each candidate’s business achievements in the last 18 months – including demonstrations of leadership or innovation, contributions to successful projects, and examples or testimonials that highlight their capabilities – as well as how they have acted as a strong ambassador for the British Armed Forces and committed themselves as a reservist. 
Rising Star of the Year
A former serviceman or woman who began a post-military career in the last six years and has progressed quickly through an organisation or industry, demonstrating strong business results and leadership. The judges will examine each candidate’s accomplishments and progression since leaving the forces, with a particular emphasis on achievements in the last 18 months.
Role Model of the Year
A former serviceman or woman who has not only transitioned successfully to the business world but has been a strong and effective role model to other service leavers in the last 18 months. The judges will examine each candidate’s commitment to supporting other service leavers through specific examples of how they’ve acted as a role model, as well as demonstrations of their own leadership and business success.
Service Leaver of the Year
This category looks at ex-forces personnel at all stages of their career to pinpoint an overall service leaver of the year. The judges will examine achievements in the last 18 months of each candidate’s career, looking at demonstrations of business excellence and leadership, examples of being a role model to others, as well as efforts to support or represent the ex-forces community as a whole, either as an ambassador or by actively trying to bridge the gap between the armed forces and the business world.
Team Leader of the Year
A team leader within an organisation who has demonstrated outstanding team leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the organisation, or the relevant team within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their team leadership and through their own individual achievements.
Young Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department or division within a large organisation, under the age of 40, who has progressed rapidly into a senior management role and demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the organisation, or the relevant department within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their leadership and through their own individual achievements.