Scottish Veterans Recognised for their Business Prowess

The shortlist is unveiled for the 2022 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards, as the largest celebration of veterans in second careers prepares for its annual Glasgow celebration.



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

Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the British Armed Forces, ready to offer their well-honed military skills and values to a new employer on ‘Civvy Street’. But establishing a meaningful second career can be challenging. Visibility of role models, and awareness among employers of the veterans talent pool, have historically been low.

Since launching in 2018, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards has led the way in promoting veterans as outstanding assets to employers across all sectors while increasing visibility of business role models for service leavers. 

Last year the programme showcased the second-career achievements of 450 veterans and reservists at high-profile award ceremonies in London and Glasgow, attended by more than 2,100 business leaders and 700 employers. The events raised nearly £70,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, which is the official charity partner of the Awards.

The finalists of the 2022 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards were whittled down from over 250 nominations. The winners are decided by an independent judging panel made up of 22 veterans and business leaders from major Scottish employers such as Addleshaw Goddard, Barclays, JPMorgan, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government. 

Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “All at SSAFA send our warmest congratulations to those who have been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is extremely proud and grateful to be the official charity partner of this fine event that celebrates veteran employment and helps to increase visibility of business role models for servicemen and women.

“As a former Chief of Defence People, and now CEO at SSAFA where one of our services is the provision of mentoring to assist those service leavers who need support during their transition, I am very aware of the challenges during the move into Civvy Street and just how crucial role models are. It is heartening to see such a large volume and breadth of employers acknowledging the skills and values of those who have served their country.”

The winners will be announced and celebrated at a glittering ceremony on 25 May in the Hilton Glasgow’s Grand Ballroom. TV presenter and Invictus Games gold medallist JJ Chalmers will host the ceremony and introduce a programme of live entertainment and guest speakers including Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans.

“The large variety of companies and sectors represented on this impressive shortlist of finalists speaks volumes to the vast breadth of talent in the veterans talent pool,” said Ben Rossi, founder of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards. “Savvy employers across all industries are getting wise to the exceptional value that veterans and the wider Armed Forces community offer and we’re very proud to lead the way in showcasing that value.”

Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2022 – The Finalists

 

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Christopher Bailiff, Drive X Mil
FDM Group
Jacqueline Bell, Barclays
Matthew Pybus, LinkFORTY2
Paul Gilligan, BT
Sharon Gilchrist, Barclays

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

Harvey Carruthers, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum
James Thomson, Seapeak
Jimmy Wilson, FARE Scotland
Neil Pickthall, Blackadders
Scott Murray, Core Drilling Specialists
Tony Banks, Balhousie Care Group

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Abraham Lockyer, Hilton Instruments
Christopher Lister, Openreach
Edward McLellan, Subsea7
Martyn Douglass, Northburn Oils
Ryan Newman, Perth and Kinross Council
Scott Findlay, Galliford Try

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Brian Coyle, Bumblebee EV
Duncan Maclean, Candle Shack
Ian McGowan, Barrier Networks
John Jones, SEM Energy
Mark Laird, Lairds of Troon
Shane Crozier, Highsparks TCS 

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Caroline Overton, EMSOL
David Farquhar, Intelligent Growth Solutions
Jess Fishwick, Barclays
Luke Harrington, University Of Aberdeen / Wolfram Research
Michael Weir, The Scottish Parliament
Simon Maryan, Consultant 

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR

Alan Bell, The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety
John Carson, Barclays
Lesley Speedie, Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Resilience Group
Philip Bilton, FDM Group / Sky Media
Scott Simon, Scotland Rugby League
Stuart Roberts DL, National Records of Scotland 

MILITARY VALUES IN BUSINESS AWARD

Billy Adams MBE, Barclays
Ewan Bouch, Eli Lilly
Ian Drysdale, Carbon60
Lee Madigan, ORE Catapult
Michael Mclean, Schiebel Aircrafts
Neil Russell, FDM Group
Paul Stevenson, Baillie Gifford

NEW SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR

Christopher Rice, FDM Group
Glen Simpson, Barclays
Jack Torrance, Baillie Gifford
Kris McLernon, Wilkins Chimney Sweep Lanarkshire
Lewis Gardiner, ARB Wind
Thomas Twaddle, Road Haulage Association

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

Claire Lowe, University of Glasgow
David Allen, Boeing Defence UK
Iain Gibbs, Babcock International
Jamie McMillan, Barclays
Kevin Young, RED ICT Design Consultancy
Mark Arthur, Benchmark Space Systems

RESERVIST OF THE YEAR

Bernard Cresswell, Seapeak
Gordon McLellan, Barclays
John Reid, Seapeak
Mark Hynes, NHS National Services Scotland
Mike Kennedy, FNZ 

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

Andrew McGuire & Terry Lowe, Primrose Path Tattoo Society
Craig Bones, Love Travel Adventures
Graham Clark, ManpowerGroup UK
Grant King, ESS
Stuart Wedge, Infor
Tom Nash, Search & Rescue Aerial Association – Scotland 

SERVICE LEAVER OF THE YEAR

Alyson Russell-Stevenson, Scottish Enterprise
Andrew Rankin, Olympus KeyMed
Ian McCabe, Bristow Helicopters
Menbahadur Gurung, IBM
Robert Brown, The Scottish Government
Tony Carlin, Curia Global
Tony Wringe, CCL Logistics & Technology 

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR

Charlie McClure, William Grant & Sons
David Carrick, Tarmac
Edward Gough, MV Commercial
Gavin Slater, Galliford Try
Graham Little, Cyacomb
Jordan Robertson, Babcock International
Tim Wigham, Exceed

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