Newly formed Veteran Support Partnership to host its first Veteran Support Event

Newly formed Veteran Support Partnership to host its first Veteran Support Event

12 May 2021
10:00am – 12:30pm
Virtual Event

The Veteran Support event will showcase the support available to Veterans and their families. Speakers will focus on a different element of support, topics will include housing, family support, financial advice, and mental health and wellbeing. #VeteranSupportEvent

The event is free to join.

For more information and to register your interest visit:

Time Topic Speaker
10:00 Welcome Neil Emery

NHS Business Services Authority


10:10 Housing Abigail Smith and Dave Fletcher

Armed Forces Outreach Service


10:30 Family Support Tommy Watson

Walking with the Wounded


10:50 Mental Health Mel Maughan

NHS Business Services Authority


Syd Niven

Northern Growth Academy


11:20 Financial Advice Chris Carter

Newcastle Strategic Solutions


Clive Davis

Newcastle City Council


11:50 Fraud and Financial Crime Sarah Blyth

Newcastle Strategic Solutions


12:10 Q&A


Partnership background information:

In 2018 the UK government published ‘The Strategy for Our Veterans’, with the aim that every veteran feels more valued, supported, and empowered. Veterans and the Armed Forces Community currently receive support from various organisations, across public, private, and charitable sectors. The purpose of the Veteran Support Partnership is to support the delivery of the UK Government Veteran strategy by eliminating barriers to opportunities and inspiring the Armed Forces Community to reach their full potential.

The partnership ambition for 2021 is to deliver three virtual events, each event will focus on one of the strategic principles – Support, Develop, Employ. The partnership will use these events as a platform to amplify and showcase the services, advice, and opportunities available to the Armed Forces Community.

Please use the #VeteranSupportEvent hashtag across social media communications.

Organisations in the partnership:

NHS Business Services Authority, Newcastle Building Society, Career Transition Partnership, Walking with the Wounded, Caterpillar, Step into Health, Veterans’ Employment Transition Support, Forward Assist, Nexus, Your Homes Newcastle, Northern Bootcamp, Newcastle City Council.

Speaker Bio’s

Tommy Watson – Director of Operations, Walking with the Wounded

A very passionate and highly experienced project and operations manager. Tommy has supported some of the most vulnerable and most experienced military personnel through their transition to civilian life.

Clive Davis – Welfare Rights Officer, Newcastle City Council

Having worked in welfare rights and advice for 35 years, Clive is passionate about enabling people to collect their correct benefit entitlement and avoiding the scourge of poverty.

Syd Niven – Company Director, Northern Growth Academy

Syd has worked extensively as a coach and mentor with emerging and existing leaders. In recent years he’s been significantly involved with people struggling with stress, burnout, and trauma.

Mel Maughan – Wellbeing Manager, NHS Business Services Authority

Mel is responsible for leading internal programmes designed to improve colleague wellbeing, as well as social value initiatives through volunteering and charitable fundraising. At the event, Mel will be speaking about mental health in the workplace.

Sarah Blythe – Financial Crime Manager, Newcastle Strategic Solutions

Sarah has10 years’ experience within the Financial Crime Unit. Sarah manages the daily operations of the Financial Crime Unit and supports the prevention and detection of fraud and money laundering.

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