Sir John previously served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2007 to 2011. He is currently Chairman of Cobseo, which represents the Service Charities Sector. Membership is open to Charities who promote and further the welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces Community.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL DICK APPLEGATE
Dick Applegate is a pragmatic, decisive and trusted strategic leader, main board executive and mentor to a wide variety of international companies. He is highly experienced in the defence, aerospace, logistics and security industry sectors.
Previously, in a successful military career, he exercised combat command in the most confused of conditions, crisis management and policy formulation at the very highest international political levels and was accountable for equipment and logistic support of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his UK awards, he is an Honorary French Foreign Legionnaire, holder of the US Legion of Merit and a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute.
Paddy Ashdown was a Royal Marine before joining the Foreign office where he was responsible for Britain’s relations with several United Nations organisations. His time as a Youth Worker gave him responsibilities for initiatives to help the young unemployed.
Paddy was International High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and author of nine books many on the history of the Second World War.
Director of Recruitment and Marketing, Warwick Business School
Karen Barker is currently leading a newly integrated student recruitment and marketing team at Warwick Business School. She has a real passion for recruitment, coaching and leadership development and has expertise in helping high achieving MBA talent achieve career aspirations, transitions and professional development goals.
Head of Level39 and Heropreneurs Ambassador
Former Royal Marines Commando Ben Brabyn worked as an analyst for JP Morgan after leaving the military. He then launched the world’s first crowdfunding business, Bmycharity, which enabled 800,000 donors to deliver over £50 million to UK charities.
He worked for the UK government as COO of UK Trade and Investment’s Venture Capital Unit, establishing relationships between global investors and a wide range of UK entrepreneurial businesses.
Chairman, RWS holdings plc
Andrew Brode’s experience is across the gamut of business publishing, technical translations, e-learning and cyber security space companies, which he has acquired and built-up, often successfully listing them on the FTSE AIM All-Share Index.
Today, he is the Executive Chairman and major shareholder in RWS Holdings plc, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2015, the fifth time RWS has won this award.
REAR ADMIRAL ALEX BURTON
Chief Executive Officer, eWaterPay
Alex has had a career delivering international programmes and improved operational performance and is a champion of organisational change initiatives. He operates at the interface between technology and people, immersed in the critical issues associated with delivery and change. He left the Royal Navy in late ‘17 and joined the award-winning UK tech company eWATERPay as the CEO.
Director, RBC Wealth Management
Rob is a Relationship Manager in the Business Owners & Entrepreneurs team at the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to joining RBC, Rob worked for Barclays Wealth & Investment Management on their fast-track Embark Program. He previously enjoyed a six-year career in the British Army which included two tours of Afghanistan as a Captain. Rob holds a BA (Hons) 1st class degree from Durham University and a MBA [Distinction] from Warwick Business School.
Ronnie Green’s military career in the infantry preceded a career in real estate specialising in commercial investments and developments. While setting up his own business advising on development opportunities, he also established a series of Business Expansion Schemes sponsored by a major bank as a government initiative. His residential management business was floated on the London Stock Exchange. He finally became Managing Director of a number of subsidiaries within Countrywide group. He is skilled in leadership, time management, and a vision of the bigger picture.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR ANDREW GREGORY KBE CB
Controller, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
Andrew retired from the British Army in April 2016 after 35 years’ service, most recently as Chief of Defence People in the Ministry of Defence. He was proud to be appointed Controller (Chief Executive) of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity later that year, an organisation which alleviates suffering and distress among serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, veterans and their families in order to create independence and dignity.
Head of Service Personnel Support
Ministry of Defence
Helen is responsible for tri-service policy on Armed Forces Health, Well-being and welfare, from Mental Health and Lifestyle policy, to the families’ strategy (which has fairness, choice, empowerment and resilience at its heart); and veterans – working x-government and with our charity partners to improve welfare support for veterans that need it. She is also responsible for the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and leads on the Armed Forces Covenant- a promise by the nation ensuring fair treatment for those and their families, who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces.
LT COL (RETD) STEWART HILL
Inspirational Speaker, Artist, Actor, Poet
Stewart Hill suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) whilst commanding B Company, 2 Mercian in Afghanistan in 2009, when shrapnel exploded into his brain. He began painting as a form of rehabilitation after his injury. He has won several prestigious prizes for his work as an artist but also uses his experiences as a motivational speaker where he successfully gives hope, comfort and inspiration to himself and others
John Jeffcock a former infantry Captain is now CEO of the world-leading C-Suite network business, Winmark. John works closely with leaders of FTSE and Fortune companies joining Winmark’s full portfolio of CXO networks. Winmark works with over 700 multinationals ensuring their business leaders have the best knowledge and connections to achieve their ambitions. John also sits on Boards and Advisory Panels for the Chartered Management Institute, Imperial College Business School, Royal Docks School of Business & Law and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Founder, Enterprise Nation
Emma Jones is founder of Enterprise Nation a company that supports people to start and grow their own business. For a community of over 70,000 businesses, Enterprise Nation delivers online support, physical events and a campaigning voice to government. Emma was also one of the co-founders of national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain, which she ran from 2011 to 2014, and is SME Crown Representative, working with government to focus on the target of spending £1 in every £3 of central government spend with SMEs by 2022.
CEO, Recruit for Spouses Ltd
Heledd Kendrick is the founder and CEO of the multi award-winning Social Enterprise, Recruit for Spouses which provides support for the wives and partners of serving members and ex-serving of the Armed Forces in their search for employment. Her vision is to build a wide support network for military partners collaboratively with all the key stakeholders to promote the services this unique sector of the community has to offer.
Peter Mountford is the Chairman of Heropreneurs where he also runs the Mentoring Programme and has personally mentored over 35 members during the last 5 years. He is also the Chairman of the Veterans’ Foundation, a national charity that raises funds for mainly smaller, but effective, military charities that help veterans in need through the Veterans’ Lottery.
During his career as an entrepreneur, Peter has been an investor in, and sat on the Board, of 25 businesses and has floated 3 of the most successful companies ever floated on Aim.
Founder, TIME:Reboot VCT
Stuart Nicol has been assisting Heropreneurs since 2011. He does so with experience of six years in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, academic adventures at Loughborough University and London Business School. He has over 12 years investing in over 30 small to medium UK firms.
Stuart loves investing in small companies and doing his best to help them grow; he also gets a kick and inspiration from mentoring entrepreneurs. In 2012 he launched TIME:Reboot VCT – a venture capital fund that invests in commercially proven ex-military entrepreneurs.
MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW PRINGLE CB CBE
Consultant, Mentor and Advisor
Andrew Pringle retired from the Army in 2001 as a Major General. He ran a defence consultancy for 6 years before joining KBR in 2008 to lead the Government and Defence business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In 2014 he became President of KBR’s global Government Services business consisting of three divisions; Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific (APAC). He retired from KBR in 2017.
CEO, Ecovision Group
Serial entrepreneur Peter Randall is founder and largest individual shareholder of Ecovision Group Ltd., a national, leading, award-winning Sustainable Energy Company bringing together design, installation, finance and data. He served as an Officer in The Royal Anglian Regiment and was a co-founder of Telinco, which ultimately became TalkTalk.
His entrepreneurial experience is international, covering the manufacturing of recycled paper, building the largest introduction agency in the UK, as well as Telecoms and energy solutions. He also mentors the Gloucester Bike Project.
Vice-President Business Banking Marketing, Barclays
Having worked at Barclays for five years, Nancy’s current focus includes marketing the bank’s dedicated services for high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs. Outside of work, Nancy has played a key role in supporting military-aligned charities and initiatives – including chairing Help For Heroes’ former City Heroes committee, mentoring service leavers through the VETS platform and supporting Barclays’ AFTER programme.
MAJOR GENERAL DAVID SHAW, CBE
CEO, Veterans’ Foundation
David Shaw concluded his military career as the Major General commanding 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 2012. He was appointed CBE the same year. He has a significant background in change management,
leadership and communication and is Chief Operating Officer of Wellbeing Works. He is co-founder of the award-winning veterans’ charity AF&V Launchpad that looks after veterans, mostly from homelessness, in Newcastle and Liverpool.
He is founder of the Veterans’ Foundation and co-founder of the Veterans’ Lottery.
Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs
Matt is co-founder & director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and co-founder and board member of the European Startup Network. Previously, Matt co-founded NACUE – the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs.
COLONEL (RETD) STUART TOOTAL DSO OBE
MD Chief Security Officer/Global Head of Security Barclays
Founder, Barclays Armed Forces Transition Employment and Resettlement (AFTER) Programme
Stuart Tootal’s 20-year British Army career (colonel) included operational service in Northern Ireland, the 1991 Gulf War, the invasion of Iraq and commanding 3 PARA in Afghanistan.
Stuart is the MD global head of physical security for Barclays and also runs the Barclays AFTER veterans employment programme, which has assisted over 5,000 veterans in employment transition and has hired over 500 ex-military into Barclays. The programme has also provided over £4M to its military charity partners.
CEO, Aggreko Plc
Chris Weston served in the Royal Artillery before a successful career in the telecoms industry, working for both Cable & Wireless and One.Tel. He worked at Centrica becoming Managing Director, International Downstream, where he was the Executive Director responsible for the Group’s largest division. Here he was operationally responsible for both British Gas in the UK and Direct Energy in the USA. He has a BSc in Applied Science, and an MBA and PhD from Imperial College London.
EMMA WILLIS MBE DL
Founder, Emma Willis Shirts and Style for Soldiers
Emma Willis launched her own shirt company in 1989, manufacturing at her Gloucester factory, an 18th century townhouse, and retailing worldwide from the Jermyn Street, London shop, at www.emmawillis.com and on Mr. Porter.
For nearly a decade, she’s also been running the Style for Soldiers charity, which provides bespoke shirts and donated clothes to wounded servicemen, each year giving the largest reunion party in the country for injured service personnel. Emma’s also established a sewing school in Gloucester to train and encourage new talent into the industry, as a way to further secure the future of British manufacturing.