JON CLAPHAM (EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST/PROJECT LEAD)
Jon has been involved with Forward Assist since its inception in 2012, having previously been a trustee.
He previously worked for Jobcentre Plus and its’ predecessors for 29 years, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge around benefits and employability, along with Project Management and team leading experience.
He also undertook the role of Armed Forces Veteran Champion covering the Northumberland and Tyne and Wear areas. This role gave him an insight in to the difficulties that former military personnel face upon discharge, and allowed him to develop the knowledge of Jobcentre staff in to working with veterans.
Jon is currently working on the strategic development of the charity, including taking a lead on the launch of our Social Enterprise arm, Salute Enterprises. This includes the Salute Coffee and Salute Café brands which will offer employment opportunities to veterans.