Celebrating veterans in the workforce

SERVICE leavers who are excelling in their fields have been honoured in the largest ever celebration of military veterans in the UK workforce.

The inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, held in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS), marked the achievements of the ex-forces personnel themselves and the organisations and companies which support them.

Assets to business not victims

SaluteMyJob’s managing director, Brigadier (Retd) Andrew Jackson, said he was delighted to see the achievements of service leavers being recognised.

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at the excellent British Ex-Forces In Business awards. It was very encouraging to hear Andy MCnab and others calling for a change in the conversation from victim to victor.

“The business case to hire veterans is clear. Former servicemen and women help their employers drive business, solve problems, lead and develop their people and secure their cyber networks. It is very encouraging to see how veterans are increasingly recognised as being of great benefit to businesses".

Military service qualities invaluable for Amazon Web Services

Gavin Jackson, UK managing director at AWS, said: “We are thrilled to see so many talented military veterans recognised for their outstanding achievements in business. We find that many of the qualities that are foundational to military service are invaluable for our own organisation.

“Hiring transitioning military veterans and military spouses is a fantastic opportunity for any company to grow its talent pool, and we are proud to support the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards which extol the virtues of these men and women.”

The Award Ceremony

The awards attracted over 250 nominations and include categories for Business Leader of the Year, Employer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Woman of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

The ceremony was presented by journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer who welcomed former SAS soldier and bestselling author Andy McNab as a guest speaker as well as 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, and Falklands War hero Simon Weston CBE.

Other sponsors of the awards include FDM Group, Kuehne + Nagel, PwC, Santander and Transport for London. Soldier On! has been selected as charity partner and Quest magazine is supporting as media partner.

Ben Rossi, journalist and founder of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, said: “Servicemen and women develop qualities that are easily transferable to roles in business, yet many employers fail to recognise this or are deterred by common misconceptions. Recognising these attributes and doing more to recruit, train and generally support military veterans is not only the right thing to do but it’s also vital to the prosperity of our economy.”

British Ex-Forces in Business Awards – winners

  • Advocate of the Year: John Chantry, Barclays
  • Business Leader of the Year: David Wilkins MBE, Goldman Sachs
  • Employer of the Year: Jaguar Land Rover
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Tony Knights, Knights Group Worldwide
  • Innovator of the Year: Richard Gill, Drone Defence
  • Inspiration of the Year: Ally Musthan, Artisan People
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr Jon Lamonte, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • New Service Leaver of the Year: Daniel Frost, Marks and Spencer
  • Outstanding Achiever of the Year: Edward Osborne, Virtualstock
  • Rising Star of the Year: Damon Tyler, NHS Calderdale CCG
  • Role Model of the Year: Rowena Fell, EY
  • Service Leaver of the Year: Lee Whitworth, A&E Harmonious Compliance Training
  • Team Leader of the Year: Colin Sellars, Cornwall Council
  • Woman of the Year: Jane Wainwright, PwC
  • Young Leader of the Year: Linsey Vance, Datapipe

Inspired to take advantage of ex-military talent?

If you want to know more about how your business can benefit from ex-military talent or need help reaching out to the ex-military community give Andrew a call on 01249 691415 or email andrew@salutemyjob.com