MEET THE TEAM
Our team of salaried staff and volunteers are often drawn from those that have been through our programmes and activities.
TONY WRIGHT (CEO)
Tony Wright, Founder & Chief Executive of Forward Assist joined the Royal Marines in 1978 and medically discharged in 1981 after seriously injuring his shoulder during basic training.
As an Early Service Leaver (ESL) he has firsthand knowledge of how difficult it is for many former servicemen and women to re-establish themselves back into the civilian community after discharge from the Armed Forces. He is particularly supportive of those veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress or other difficulties relating to adjustment and assimilation.… more
PAULA EDWARDS (WOMEN VETERANS PROJECT LEAD)
Paula Edwards joined Team Forward Assist in November 2017. Paula has over 15 years' clinical mental health experience across a variety of settings.
These include inpatient, crisis intervention, large voluntary organisations and private practise. Paula has completed... more
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... more
JEAN TAMS (BUSINESS ADMIN APPRENTICE)
Jean is the latest addition to our team. She has recently successfully completed her GCSE's.
Jean has started her Business Administration apprenticeship with us and hopes to develop her skills into accounting, social media and website building.
SAM ROBERSON (COFFEE BARISTA)
Sam has recently joined the Forward Assist Team after previously volunteering in the kitchen and helping out with the Cook2Give.
Sam has been employed in the kitchen and has been trained on the coffee machine serving veterans and the local community on a day to day basis.