British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019: Finalists revealed

The finalists for the 2019 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in business, are today revealed.



Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the military, forming an attractive pool of talent in the civilian world. But despite their years spent gaining skills and values that are transferable and valuable to businesses, transitioning and finding a place in the wider workforce can be challenging. While many hundreds of thousands have gone through a similar transition, service leavers lack visible role models in business.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards provides that visibility on a national scale by celebrating the accomplishments of veterans across the UK workforce. The awards highlight the military skills and values that have enabled business success and recognise organisations that support the transition of servicemen and women into second careers.

This year’s awards ceremony, taking place on 8 May in the London Hilton on Park Lane’s Grand Ballroom, will bring together a record audience of over 800, making it the largest event of its kind globally. The prestigious event gathers business leaders, veterans, top employers, current serving officers, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to promote the significant value that ex-military add to the UK economy.

The finalists were whittled down from over 400 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. Other judges include the CEOs of aerospace giant Lockheed Martin (UK), pathology service provider Viapath, governing body GB Snowsport and recruitment firm Staffline Group, as well as senior leaders from EY, PwC, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Cisco and Royal Mail among others.

“I congratulate all those ex-forces men and women who, after many years focused on military delivery, have turned their hands so successfully to the business battlefield,” said Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former First Sea Lord and Head Judge for the Awards. “Many of the skills needed are identical: leadership, fortitude, commitment and attention to detail. Some are new, especially in commerce and sales. But the ethos and values of ex-forces people always shine through, and I’m proud to support them.”

This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted by BBC news anchor and former RAF officer Susannah Streeter who will welcome keynote addresses from Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and a former army officer, and Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA the Armed Forces charity and a former Chief of Defence people, plus live entertainment and guest award presenters.

“Congratulations to all of those businesses who have been shortlisted for an award. SSAFA the Armed Forces charity is very proud to be associated with this important event which celebrates veteran employment,” said Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory. “As a former Chief of Defence People, and now Chief Executive at a charity which operates a mentoring scheme for service leavers amongst other vital services, 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 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards are sponsored by CBRE, FDM Group, Kuehne + Nagel, Galliford Try, Lloyd’s of London, the Officers’ Association, NTT Data, Santander, Savills, Sopra Steria and Standard Life Aberdeen. Other supporters include Forces Recruitment Services, RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, SaluteMyJob, the White Ensign Association and media partners BFBS, Quest Magazine and RealBusiness.co.uk.

“We have been blown away by the response to this programme. Supporting veterans is not only the right thing to do but there is a clear business case too, as demonstrated by the incredible talent in the 400+ nominations received for this year’s awards,” said Ben Rossi, journalist and founder of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards. “There is still much to do to educate employers on importance and value of supporting the transition of servicemen and women, and we will continue to promote the message that veterans are huge assets to business. It’s crucial that service leavers have role models to look to and we are privileged to host and showcase them at this unique celebration on 8 May.”

British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019 – The Finalists

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR        

Christopher Livermore, Centrica
Dominic Hill, The White Ensign Association
Gillian Russell, Amazon
James & Lindsey Copperwait, Focus Logistics Group
Kelly Mullane, Northern Trust
Michael Robb, Crest Nicholson
Sarah Pylyp, Jaguar Land Rover
Stephen Jolly, M&C Saatchi
Steve Lowe, Project Nova
Sue Bomphray, Barclays

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR     

Alex Lane, Jacobs
Brian Chambers, Trident Pharmaceuticals
Christopher Gunton, One Housing Group
Louisa Clarke, Churchill Services
Michael Fildes, Circles, a Sodexo Company
Patrick Thomson, J.P. Morgan
Peter Satchwell, Gardner Denver
Richard Charnock, Standard Life Aberdeen
Stuart Goodman, Essential Site Skills
Vern Davis, Sopra Steria

CHAMPION OF WOMEN AWARD      

Amanda Johnson, VACT
Andrea Dunlop, Paysafe
Daisy Coleman, Thales
Danielle Sandy, FDM Group
Julia Mathias, Lloyds Banking Group
Justine Hogkinson, Advocacy Focus
Louie-Mae Brisley-Gibson, Mainstay Group
Mandy Hickson, Hickson and Hickson

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Amazon
Bloomberg
Compass Group
Jaguar Land Rover
Microsoft
Openreach
Splunk
Transport for London
Yodel

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR        

Chris Gillan, Heroes Drinks Company
Lee Robertson, Octo Members Group
Lyndsey Marchant, Phoenix Occupational Health
Mitch Turner, Drake International
Nick Lilley, Upturn
Richard Tucker, AAA Caring Caretaker
Steve Thornton, Forces Cars Direct
Ted Jones, Northcott Global Solutions
Vince Noyce & Giles Collighan, The Portsmouth Distillery Co

EX-FORCES INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR     

Barclays Military Network Scotland
BNY Mellon
Insignia Crew
J.P. Morgan
Lloyd’s Military Network
Quanta
Services To Film
Step into Health

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR      

Charles Joel, Gardner Denver
Christoper Kenna, Brand Advance
Dawn Childs, Merlin Entertainments Group
Edward Janvrin, Spark Beyond
James Lang, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
James Lewis, Kuehne + Nagel
Kevin Alderton, Blind Veterans UK
Mick Doe, Clipper Logistics
Peter Koch de Gooreyund, Centrica Business Solutions
Steven Rumbold, EDF Energy

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR     

Craig Monaghan, Sale Sharks Community Trust
Greg Staunton, PwC
John Daley, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Louise Worrall, St. James’s Place
Neil Spencer, Kuehne + Nagel
Paul Wood, Woodlands International
Penny Melville-Brown, Disability Dynamics
Rebecca Halliwell-Coutts, Foran Solutions
Sheena Wilcox, CTP
Tim Evers, Sapper Support

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Brendan Hindle, Jaguar Land Rover
Matt Wiles, Leidos UK
Quentin Naylor, THG Ingenuity
Richard Dorney, Strongmind
Rod Brown, Opun
Tim Harris, Wood
Tony O’Connor, Marriott Hotels

MILITARY VIRTUES IN BUSINESS AWARD        

Andrew Cons, Travelport
Craig Peckett, Chesterfield Special Cylinders
Darren Evans, The Access Group
Helen Knights, Barclays
Johanna Covell-Ritchie, Bloomberg
Mark Braham, The AA
Matt Podmore, Virgin Atlantic
Nicholas Brandram, HSBC Private Bank
Rachael Stevenson, Serco
Tom Kay, Kuehne + Nagel

NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR      

Colin Murphy, Jaguar Land Rover
Conor Harbison, Citi
Graeme Park, The Hut Group
Lee Brown, Impellam Group
Malcolm Biggs
Matt Chapman, J.P. Morgan
Michele Crossman, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Mohammed Ahmed, Sopra Steria
Peter Berridge, FDM Group

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

George Anderson, National Grid
James Denny, Viddyoze
James Dickaty, Sellafiled
James Howarth, RS Components
Jamie Thomas, Sodexo
John Chappell, United Utilities
Mike Forshaw, Dentons
Paul Embleton, Interserve
Rob Martin, Anchor Hanover Group
Toby Gutteridge, Bravery Organisation

RESERVIST OF THE YEAR        

Alex Rennie, FDM Group
David Freeman, Amazon
Gordon McLellan, Barclays
James Cox, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
James Wootton, Agency Space
Lindsay Stewart, Barclays
Malcolm McFarlane, FDM Group
Richard Perkins, Transport for London

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR     

Alex Dickinson, J.P. Morgan
Darryll Boden, Eurostar
David Walker, James Walker & Co
Ewan Bray, WSP
James Carpenter, Check Point Software Technologies
James Fenwick-Smith , Alstom Transport
Jonathon Robinson, Hastings Direct
Roger Holt, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Rory Thompson, Canadian Pacific Rail
Simon du Boulay, MS Amlin

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR     

Ayub Kinyanjui, Knight Frank
Ben Edwards, Facebook
Garron Clark-Darby, T-Systems
Jeremy Cowell
Jim Niven, Cloudian
Rachel Webster, Barclays
Rick Mounfield, The Security Institute
Simon Hammerschmidt, Level Global
Steven Brown, James Walker Group
Travis Broad, IHS Markit

SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR       

Andrew Reeves, BNY Mellon
David Ellis, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Dominic Conway, J.P. Morgan
Mark Large, EY
Matthew Cox, Newton Investment Management
Nick Wadey, Hi-Line Contractors SW
Phil Pettit, Cummins
Philip Worthington, Micross Componants
Robert Hemming, Equiniti
Tony Wilkinson, Direct Line Group

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR  

Carl Fewsdale, SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Dee Appleton Cairns, Countess of Chester NHS FT
John White, Assystem Group
Neil Winchester, Dell Technologies
Olly King, J.P. Morgan
Paul Thomas, Morrisons
Richard Camp, Bloomberg
Stephen Butler, Chesterfield Special Cylinders
Stephen Essam, Baxter Storey
Tony Hanlon, HSBC

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

Adam Robinson, Exertis UK
Adrian Hales
Ben Emslie, Splunk
Camilla Howard, Compass Group
Chris Crowther, Equifax
Dylan Williams, Aviva
Finlay Curror, Morgan Stanley
Lee Cartmell, Stagecoach
Rory Browne, Bombardier Transportation

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