Finalists revealed for first ever Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards

As the world’s largest event celebrating military veterans in second careers lands in Scotland for the first time on 3 December, we reveal the finalists for these unique awards.



The finalists for an inaugural Scottish edition of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in second careers, are today revealed, showcasing the value that military skills and values bring to employers in Scotland.

Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the military, forming an attractive pool of talent for employers in other sectors. However, transitioning back to civilian life and finding meaningful employment can be challenging. While many veterans go on to successful second careers, visibility of such role models has historically been lacking.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards provide 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.

Having taken place in London for the past two years, with the most recent event attended by over 900 business and military leaders and raising £50,000 for military charities, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards will head to Scotland for the first time on 3 December, taking place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow’s Grand Ballroom.

The finalists for the Scottish edition of the awards were whittled down from over 250 nominations with the winners decided by a judging panel of military veterans including Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, David Watt, Executive Director of IoD Scotland, and Tim Allan, President of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Mr Wallace said: “Many congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted for an award. As the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, I am struck by how these awards do so much to remind our society of the fantastic talent that exists amongst our veterans community. In an age where public perceptions of the military are maybe based on TV programmes rather than reality, these individuals provide heartening proof that our veterans are contributing so positively. I hope it will nudge yet more employers into realising the benefits of employing a veteran.”

The awards ceremony will be hosted by BBC presenter and Invictus Games gold medalist JJ Chalmers who will welcome a keynote address from Graeme Dey, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, as well as live entertainment from the Military Wives Choir and the Royal Scots Association Pipe Band. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is the official charity partner of the awards.

“Having been involved in the highly successful British Ex-Forces in Business Awards earlier this year, I am delighted that Scotland now has its own version,” said Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA. “Congratulations to all of those businesses who have been shortlisted for an award. We are very proud to be associated with this important event which celebrates veteran employment. We are firm believers in the value service leavers and veterans can bring to business. It is very heartening to see so many employers acknowledging the skills and experiences of those who have served their country.”

The Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards are sponsored by Babcock International, FDM Group, Galliford Try, Hitachi, Scottish Power, Sopra Steria and Wood. Supporting partners include the CBI, the Institute of Directors, ADS Group, the Officer’s Association, RFEA, SaluteMyJob and media partners RealBusiness.co.uk, BFBS and Quest Magazine.

“I am struck by how these awards do so much to remind our society of the fantastic talent that exists amongst our veterans community.”
Charlie Wallace, Scottish Veterans Commissioner

Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards – 2019 Finalists

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR        

Sue Bomphray, Barclays
Louise MacDonald, Wood
Alice Andrews, KPMG
Laura Mazzara, Standard Life Assurance
Michael Hashim, Bruce Stevenson

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Kirk Mayes, Ross-shire Engineering
Simon Wilderspin, Diageo
Michael Allan, Stena Drilling
Ian Hodge, Peak Scientific
Robert Cumming, Great Wall Motors
Derek Downie, Halliburton
Ian Smith, Gray and Adams

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR        

Kieran Hope, Air Control Entech
Gavin Neate, Neatebox
Lawrence Morison, Business Coffee Solutions
John Jones, SEM Energy
Tom Morton, Safe Shores Group
Terry Mallin, Bonfire Recruitment

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR      

Alan Cheater, Babcock International
Mervyn Robb, Colliers International UK
Mark Laird, Lairds of Troon
Chris Newlands, Spelfie and Tripsology
David Alldritt, HighNet

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR     

Jamieson Rogers, GlaxoSmithKline
Michael Howie, MH Access
Dean Stott, PAH Scotland
Philip Forster, The Football Pools
Paul Dixon, RBS
Andy Stephenson, Doosan Babcock
Sarah Grayston, Wood
Mark Birkby, Trident Maritime Systems

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Ian MacEachern, Aberystwyth University
Mark Hartree, Leonardo
Ian Lennock, Midlothian Council
David Dent, Parexel International
Brian Howieson, Edinburgh Napier University
Jim Millar, DC Thomson

MILITARY VALUES IN BUSINESS AWARD

David Adamson, William Grant & Sons
Alexander Campbell, FDM Group
Calum O’Brien, Stork
Simon Watkins, University of St Andrews
Andrew Warren, Wood
Helen Knights, Barclays
Mike Thomson, City & Country Healthcare
Iain Wynn, Baker Hughes
Scott Dillon, Arnold Clark

NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR      

Ian Pauley, Barclays
Daniel McInnes, FDM Group
Jonathan Hankin, Menzies Aviation
Bryan Flannagan, City of Glasgow College
Nicholas Hayes, Openreach
Ruaridh McIntyre, Nordea
Robbie Ower, FDM Group
Mark Anderson, Dover Fueling Solutions

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

Stuart Williams, Doosan Babcock
Nick McCann, Wood
Ewan Campbell, Capita
Martyn Knights, BP
David Gillespie, Collins Aerospace
Andy Cruickshank, SIG
Allan Cullen, Vix Technology
Graham Allison, Amazon
Euan Fenelon, Natural Power

RESERVIST OF THE YEAR        

Andrew Cross, Aviva
Lindsay Stewart, Barclays
Amanda Scott, FDM Group
Elaine Falconer, Wood
Thomas Stewart, Pitreavie
Gordon McLellan, Barclays

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR     

Gillian Dowds, Fujitsu
Andy McCreadie, RBS
Marc Gault, Star Refrigeration
Niall Reaper, Wood
Alex Bird, Fieldcore GE
Chris Douglas, GAC UK
Anthony Campbell, Openreach
Neil Taylor, Barclays Wealth

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR     

Douglas Bates, Babcock International
Carl Tucker, University of Edinburgh
Tim Worth, Serimax
Darren Taylor, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Michael Philliben, World Wide Technology
Dale Clarke, BT
Annie Wallom, University of Stirling
David Sewell, Diageo

SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR       

Emma Chesney, Pasquill
James Griffin, OES Asset Integrity Management
Scott Campbell, BP
Ian Horne, Lloyd’s Register
Trevor Hepburn, Kuwait Oil Company
Gary McCann, Peak Scientific
Lowellyne James, Sustainability & CSR Insights
Lee Williamson, Williamson Wind Service
Steven Peebles, Sulzer
Thomas Wallace, J&D Pierce

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR  

Jemima Estabrook, FDM Group
Jonathan Anslow, Leonardo
Janette Graham, 2 Sisters Food Group
Ross Vallance, FES Support Services
Dennis Morris, RBS
Graeme Buckley, ADT Fire & Security
Mark Handford, Baker Hughes
Cameron Ross, Openreach
Karis Hynd, RBS

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