The 2023 English Veterans Awards took place on September 21st at the Village Hotel in Bristol.

It was the fourth year of the highly acclaimed awards and a highly anticipated fixture in the military events calendar.

Pathfinder editor, Mal Robinson was present to present the award for Volunteer of the Year award with Pathfinder being the media partner for the event.

The Veterans Awards which also host the Scottish and Welsh Veterans Awards respectively, had this to say: 

“A Massive thanks to everyone who attended this year’s English Veterans Awards hosted by Polly James and held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Bristol on the 21st September. The Awards were sponsored by Company X Consulting Ltd and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity! It was such a fantastic event with a great atmosphere in the room.

Well done to everyone who was nominated and shortlisted as finalists, we had a huge amount of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations, you are all doing amazing things in your relevant fields and you should be so proud of your achievements.

Extremely thankful and very honoured to have in attendance and hear from the Brigadier Jock Fraser MBE  and Andrew Jameson OBE during the evening. It was lovely to have in the room former Special Forces solider Gordan Mathers MM (SAS).

A special thanks also has to go to the Corps of drums of the Welsh Guards who were there supporting in their famous red Tunics and bearskins.

We are so thankful to all our supporters, volunteers and sponsors who helped put this amazing night together.

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. It’s you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.”

The full list of winners is as follows: 

Veterans Awards Champion:  Sally Orange MBE

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc

Winner  – Sally Orange MBE

Silver – Stuart Bratt

Bronze – Andrew Kershaw

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by GHN Property and Developments

Winner  – Anthony Stephen Malone

Silver – Paul Jacobs GM

Bronze –   Martin Flint Johnson

The Community Award – Sponsored by Strong mind Resiliency Training

Winner  – Ashley Winter

Silver – Ria Jackson

Bronze – John Adams

Contribution to the English Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by  KJB Kitchens

Winner  -Tom Blackwood

Silver – George Stobbs

Bronze – Samantha Neil

Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by  Company X Consulting

Winner  – Shropshire Council

Silver – East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Bronze – Veteran Aware accredited Trusts

Leader  of the year Award  – Sponsored by Leader Connect

Winner  – Ger Fowler

Silver – Gareth Davies

Bronze – Dan McCoy

Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James

Winner  – Patrick Glennon

Silver – Sandra Murphy

Bronze – Simon Jones

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Veteran Trees

Winner  –  6 Point 6

Silver – South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Bronze – FM Conway

Bronze – FDM Group

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Serica Energy

Winner  – Sir Fix-a- Lock

Silver – Alpha56 Solutions

Bronze – Performance Edge

Bronze – Patrick James Solutions

Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder International Magazine

Winner  – Gina Allsop

Silver – Michael Donne

Bronze – Matt Lyons

Bronze – Leon Stokes

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by FDM

Winner  – John Thompson

Silver – Patrick Lyster Todd

Bronze – Bernie Broad

Bronze – Anthony Malone

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Ethos

Winner  – Shehan Hettiaratchy

Silver – Joanne Cooke

Bronze – David Tatton

Bronze – Alex Saunders