Our small team of salaried staff and volunteer mentors are often often drawn from those that have been through some of our programmes and activities.


Our Staff

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 MANAGER)

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JON CLAPHAM (EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST/PROJECT LEAD)

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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.