Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP has been the Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed since 2015 – a constituency which includes RAF Boulmer and vast swathes of the Otterburn ranges, not to mention a large number of veterans. 

She is Chairman of the All-Party Group for the Armed Forces Covenant, and an active member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.  She has applied to join the Royal Navy as a reservist and awaits the outcome of her application. Anne-Marie is extremely passionate about spreading awareness of the Covenant, and ensuring serving personnel, veterans and their families face no disadvantage for their service to our nation.


Emma Lewell-Buck is the Labour Member of Parliament for South Shields. Before entering the House of Commons, Emma worked as a child protection social worker. She served as Councillor for the Primrose Ward in South Tyneside and as Lead Member for adult social care. Emma was first elected as MP for South Shields in 2013.Emma was born in South Shields and is the first woman to represent the Constituency in Parliament.

She has been a member of the House of Commons Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Work and Pensions Select Committees.  Emma has served in the Shadow Front Bench Team as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Home Secretary and to the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. She has been a Shadow Minister within the Communities and Local Government team and is currently the Shadow Minister for Children and Families in the Education Team.  Emma is a founder member of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger. The group aims to raise awareness around the problem of hunger in this country, to try to understand the underlying causes and to explore ways of addressing the issues.

‘Emma is delighted to be a Patron of Forward Assist, as she is passionate about ensuring that ex-military personnel are supported in all aspects of their civilian lives. In addition, she also has a particular interest in the issues faced by female veterans and maintains regular contact with members of Forward Assist in that respect. ‘


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Educated at the Sacred Heart Grammar School, in Newcastle, and Northumbria University, Mary has worked in the Public, Voluntary and Private Sectors. Prior to becoming an MP, in 2010, she worked as an Administrative Officer, in the CSA, at Longbenton. 

Mary was a North Tyneside councillor for 15 years, representing Battle Hill Ward, where she lives with her husband, Ray. A former Civic Mayor, she was North Tyneside’s Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being and Older Person’s Champion. 

 Mary says:-

“I was delighted to be asked to be Patron of Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity and have seen first-hand the excellent work they do in supporting and providing guidance to former servicemen and women in my constituency and across the region. Forward Assist provide a very strong support network to all veterans I am immensely proud to be able to support the important work they do”.


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Dolly first met the Forward Assist team in 2015 while working for the independent Westminster think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). 

In 2016 she joined the team cycling from London to Paris to raise money for and awareness about the charity. At the CSJ she was a researcher specialising in childhood obesity and grassroots sport. Dolly read Politics and East European Studies, with one year Russian language at University College London. At university, Dolly co-founded the Cube Movement, the first social network against modern-day slavery and remains a Company Director for the campaign’s parent charity, the Red Light Campaign. Between 2010 and 2013, Dolly worked in Parliament, both as Head of Policy and Communications for Women2Win, and as Baroness Jenkin of Kennington’s Parliamentary Researcher. She is currently at Cambridge University completing an MPhil in Public Health and Epidemiology.


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I am delighted to be able to help Forward Assist in whatever way I can and have tried to do so since its inception in 2009. In my professional life as a Criminal Defence lawyer I encounter far too many former service personnel who end up in the Criminal Justice System.

All too often former service men and women find it difficult to manage the transition from serviceman to civilian. Many feel abandoned or isolated and can end up with serious personal problems and then involvement with the law. Forward Assist have genuine insight and experience of such difficulties and know how to best help those having problems. Those who struggle to adapt to life after the forces can be helped to overcome their difficulties and become valued and productive members of civilian society with a true sense of their own personal worth. I am a partner of David Gray solicitors and Head of the Crime Department. Over the years we have dealt with many serving and former service personnel and have a former member of the Royal Marines as one of our criminal solicitors.


"I first met Tony nearly 10 years whilst working for a Social Housing provider in the North East.  First impressions count as they say and Tony certainly left a strong first impression on me.  He held such a strong believe in what he was doing that I wanted to help him in anyway that I could.  I've watched from a distance as Tony has mentored and recruited staff to help him grow the Charity and touched base every now and then.  With my back ground in Community Development and Social Regeneration I fully appreciated the hard work and effort he put in on his own at the beginning and how his tenacity, passion and entrepreneurial approach is paying off.

Having served as a Director for another Charity for over 10 years I decided I wanted to give back to another Charity in the North East and couldn't think of another Charity better than Forward Assist.  It fits with my purpose of making a difference to people's lives and even though I now have 'inside knowledge' of what is happening, I am still blown away by what the Charity aided by the staff and volunteers achieve on a weekly and monthly basis.  Its a real pleasure to now be the Chair of Forward Assist and I look forward to see it continue to grow from strength to strength over the coming months and years.'


My background is a degree in health science, a contextual approach to health, looking at the physiological, psychological and sociological impacts on health and well being. I worked in the Arson Task Force Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue as a Strategy and Research Officer working with many young people with low self-esteem and lacking self- value/worth, whilst trying to reduce the level of repeat offenders.

I have been working for the past 16 years in an area of multiple deprivation using a multi- agency approach to tackling poverty, crime, and anti- social behaviour. I am very aware of how poverty and lack of self-esteem can lead to social isolation which if not addressed can manifest in serious health issues for the individual.