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