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New Directors appointed by FiMT

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition back to civilian life, has appointed five new Directors to its Board: Ross Campbell, Anaїs Reding, Nick Roberts, Robert Robson and Andrew Ward.

Ross Campbell is the Director, Public Sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) where he leads the Institute’s work to improve standards in the management of the Public Finances, both in the UK and internationally.  Before taking up his current role at the ICAEW, Ross was the accounting policy lead and financial reporting standard setter for the UK Central Government at HM Treasury.

Anaїs Reding is Head of Engagement at the Government Digital Service where she leads work to support departments to build citizen-centric services quickly and cost-effectively through the use of cross-government platforms. Previously Anaїs worked as a senior strategy advisor for the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office. Before joining Government, Anaїs worked for the policy research organisation RAND Europe where she specialised in Security and Defence.

Nick Roberts is President of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design and Project Management sector. He is responsible for the company’s infrastructure engineering and design services around the world, with the exception of activities in Canada. Prior to his current role, Nick was Chief Executive Officer of Atkins’ business in the UK and Europe, focusing on strategy, organisational agility and rapid innovation, driving change across the organisation particularly around the fusion of the digital and physical environment.

Robert Robson joined The Royal Navy as a General List Seaman Officer in 1981. He joined Barclays plc in 1987 and over a 20-year career held a variety of senior management roles in the UK and overseas before returning to the UK as COO of the International Private Bank. He became the first CEO of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in 2008. He is a Director of Cobseo and Veterans Scotland and a Member of the Mary Rose Trust.

Andrew Ward works in the Barclays investments business, focussing on governance, contracts and external commitments. Andrew is a Solicitor and he practised in City law firms Stephenson Harwood and Freshfields before moving to Barclays as an in-house counsel. Within Barclays Andrew has held legal leadership roles across the Barclays Group. Andrew then moved from Barclays Legal into the business line, initially in the leadership team of the Barclays global trusts and corporate services business including joining the boards of Barclays trustee entities, before moving to his current role.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of FiMT, said: “The purpose of FiMT is to enable all ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition back into civilian life.

“We warmly welcome the new Directors to FiMT and are extremely grateful for the voluntary time and effort they are committing to our mission.  As we develop our influence strategy to deliver the impact we seek, we want to ensure that the body of evidence we fund, reaches the policy makers and service providers we need to make the necessary improvements to the transition pathway.  The skills and experiences that our new Directors bring will add to the Board’s already substantial capability, and we are excited to be working with them.”

For more information on the new appointees to the Board of Directors you can find it here www.fim-trust.org/about-us/the-board/

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/

New Forces in Mind Trust Award: University of Liverpool and King’s College London to research help seeking for alcohol and mental health comorbidity in the Armed Forces

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded funds of £154,198.23 to the University of Liverpool and King’s College London, to conduct a 15-month study into understanding which ex-Service personnel are more likely to recognise that they have an alcohol problem, and then who goes on to seek help for it.

Evidence already available shows high levels of alcohol misuse in ex-Service personnel, which is worsened by the fact that many do not recognise they have a problem, and of those who do, most do not seek help.

This project will help fill a number of research gaps: (i) What factors determine whether ex-serving personnel recognise an alcohol problem, (ii) Which ex-serving personnel are more likely to seek help for an alcohol problem, and is help seeking more or less likely in those with a comorbid mental health problem, and (iii) Is help seeking for a mental health problem less likely in ex-serving personnel who also have an alcohol problem.

Researchers will analyse data already collected by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, part of King’s College London, from a large sample of ex-Service personnel, resulting in one of the first studies of how having both an alcohol and a mental health problem influences help seeking in ex-Service personnel.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: “We know through existing evidence that that there are high levels of alcohol misuse by ex-Service personnel, and that for the most part, this vulnerable group do not seek help.  This project will fill some of the important gaps in research around recognising problem alcohol use and encouraging help seeking, together with determining what impact mental health issues may have.

“It is the purpose of FiMT to enable all ex-Service personnel and their families to have a successful and sustainable transition back into civilian life, and this timely research from the University of Liverpool and King’s College London will make a singular and important contribution to our mission.”

Dr Laura Goodwin, from the University of Liverpool, said: “Whilst it is established that alcohol misuse is common in ex-serving personnel, little is known about why help is often not sought. This study will provide much needed information on which ex-serving personnel are less likely seek help and the characteristics of those most in need of support.”

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/

University of Liverpool

Associated with nine Nobel Laureates, the University is recognised for its high-quality teaching and research. Our research collaborations extend worldwide and address many of the grand challenges facing mankind today.

About King’s College London kcl.ac.uk

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2017/18 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and nearly 6,900 staff. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.

Restorative approach to community based mental health support explored for ex-Service personnel and their families

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded Tros Gynnal Plant funds of £284,427 to enable them to pilot a three-year trial of a community based mental health support service for ex-Service personnel and their families from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, who have a Service-related mental health problem.

Tros Gynnal Plant, a Wales based charity focusing on children, young people and families, will work alongside the current Veterans NHS Wales (VNHSW) service to help ex-Service personnel who have been referred to the VNHSW.

The first of its kind, the project will employ Restorative Engagement to help ex-Service personnel and their families improve their relationships, communication and family functioning. The restorative process is underpinned by participation, fairness, trust and empathy, which facilitate individual and family changes by building on existing family and individual strengths. In turn this leads to improved levels of self-esteem, confidence and autonomy.

The study from the trial will be undertaken by Cascade at Cardiff University, and will both qualitatively and quantitatively assess the impact on the following areas:

  • Family communication
  • Family relationships
  • Family ability and confidence to recognize and resolve problems
  • The problems and difficulties that triggered service use

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust said: “This three-year community-based trial by Tros Gynnal Plant could help the relatively small number of Service families, who are in need of mental health support, transition more successfully and enable them to have a fulfilling and enriching family life. The length of this particular trial should produce robust evidence on the provisions required to help families, and to enable services to offer a tailored community-based support to those in need.

“As with all our work, we are keen to generate the evidence about if and how this model works, and subsequently ensure policy makers and service providers consider it as a means of supporting the Armed Forces Community.”

Jackie Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Tros Gynnal Plant said: “We are extremely grateful to FiMT and very proud and excited to be developing an intervention for ex-service personnel and their families.  Tros Gynnal Plant has successfully pioneered the use of Restorative Engagement methods with families and this funding from the FiMT will allow us to develop a much-needed service model aiming to enrich the family lives of ex-Servicemen and women that can then be adopted across the UK.”

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/

Study to assess impact of participation in the Invictus Games

Forces in Mind Trust is delighted to award a grant of £183,500 to the Invictus Games Foundation, to explore the long-term impact of sport participation through an examination of the Invictus Games (IG), and to identify best practices to support the long-term well-being of serving and ex-Service personnel who are wounded, injured and sick.

The four-year project, entitled Beyond the Finish Line, will assess whether the competitors’ well-being improves significantly compared to non-competitors, and measure the duration of the difference.

The study will involve approximately 300 participants, split evenly between competitors and non-competitors from all participating nations. After completing an initial questionnaire, participants will complete online questionnaires at six additional time-points.

The study will also assess different nations’ strategies for promoting competitor well-being, to enable the sharing of best practices with other programmes. This additional element of the research will focus on the Nation staff, e.g team leaders, coaches, physiotherapists, support staff etc.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust said: “The purpose of Forces in Mind Trust is to enable all ex-Service personnel to have a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life.

“The Invictus Games Foundation is a wonderful organization that uses sport to inspire recovery for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and helps to raise awareness with the British public of the challenges some Service personnel have had to overcome.

The project will provide a deeper understanding of the needs of this particular cohort and show how events such as the Invictus Games impact upon rehabilitation and the well-being of participants.”

Dominic Reid OBE, Chief Executive, Invictus Games Foundation said: “The support of FiMT will allow important research to be undertaken into the effects that competing in the Invictus Games has on the competitors and their friends and families. Being able to get beyond the overwhelmingly positive, but anecdotal, feedback and establish a solid data set is of enormous value. We owe a debt of gratitude to FiMT for making this possible.”

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/

About the Invictus Games

The Invictus Games is the international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.

The inaugural Invictus Games were held in London in September 2014. Since then, the Invictus Games have been held in Orlando, USA in May 2016 and Toronto, Canada in September 2017. The fourth Invictus Games, which will take place in Sydney, Australia from 20-27 October 2018, will welcome over 500 competitors from 18 nations.

The Invictus Games Foundation was established to develop and pursue the event’s legacy, ensuring that hundreds more men and women around the world who are still embarking on their recovery pathway could benefit from taking part in a future Invictus Games. The Foundation selects the hosts of future Games and oversees their delivery, ensuring they meet stringent quality standards.

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For more information about the Invictus Games Foundation, please contact Rose Hall (rose.hall@invictusgames.org) at or 020 3848 4651.

For the latest information on the Invictus Games Foundation please visit www.invictusgamesfoundation.org.

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Female Service leaver employment outcomes

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a grant awarding body with the aim of enabling all ex-Service personnel and their families to have a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, has just passed a significant milestone – their 100th grant award.

The award to Cranfield University, for £96,688, coincides with the celebration of 100 years of women serving in the UK Armed Forces. The focus of this work is to explore the transition that female Service leavers make from the Armed Forces to civilian employment.

The decision to commission this research came about as FiMT identified a lack of evidence about the employment outcomes for female Service leavers.  Cranfield School of Management, in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, were appointed to deliver this research following a competitive tender process.

The statistics suggest that after leaving Service, women are less likely than their male counterparts to gain paid employment and are more likely to be economically inactive. This research aims to shed light for the first time on this field to understand the reasons women leave, why their outcomes are different to their male counterparts, and how these different outcomes might be addressed.

The research will consist of a mixed approach and will also make comparisons between female Service leavers and women in the labour market in general, including employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.

Emma Parry, Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the School’s Changing World of Work group, said: “There is a lack of evidence about the employment outcomes for female Armed Forces leavers, but what data is available seems to suggest that women struggle more to obtain paid employment in civilian life. Through our research, we will endeavour to find out if this is the case, why it might be happening and what the Government, business and society can do about it.

“We are delighted to have been commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust to carry out this important piece of work, and are looking forward to getting started.”

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust said: “It’s fantastic that as we celebrate 100 years of women serving in the UK Armed Forces, our 100th grant award relates to gaining a better understanding of their outcomes post-service.

“We at Forces in Mind Trust have, over the past five years, funded several pieces of research relating to employment outcomes – which can be a critical component of successful transition.  In this case it is the outcomes of female Service leavers where we are focusing.”

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

For further information from Cranfield University please contact:

Media Relations, Cranfield University. T: +44 (0) 1234 75 4999

Email: mediarelations@cranfield.ac.uk

 About Cranfield University

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

In November 2017, the University was granted Silver Employer Recognition by the Ministry of Defence. The award recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community and share the values defined in the Armed Forces Covenant.

 Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield has been a world leader in management education and research for 50 years, helping individuals and organisations learn and succeed by transforming knowledge into action. We are dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders. We work to change the lives of our students and executives by encouraging innovation and creative thinking, as well as the drive to succeed and make a real impact on their organisations.

Organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, Royal Dutch Shell, L’Oréal, UNICEF and the African Development Bank have benefited from our work, which ranges from management research projects, through staff talent management development on our MBA courses, to customised executive programmes.

Cranfield is one of an elite group of Schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs).

It is in the Top 10 International Business Schools in the Forbes’ ranking.

Forces in Mind Trust appoints Amazon PR

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), which works to ensure all ex-Service personnel and their families successfully transition to civilian life, has appointed Amazon PR to provide strategic communications and influencing services following a competitive tender.

Established in 2012 with a £35 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, FiMT awards grants, commissions research and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the Armed Forces Community.

Amazon PR will be working in partnership with their long-standing colleagues in the public affairs team at law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. The initial contract is for 18 months.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: “We established last year that we could achieve greater impact with our work if we invested more effort in developing our influence, particularly at the strategic level.  It’s an exciting time for the Trust, and we’re looking forward to working with Amazon PR to help us achieve our objectives of enabling all ex-Service personnel and their families lead fulfilled civilian lives”.

Louise Morriss, Amazon PR’s Managing Director, said: ‘FiMT’s work is vital in shaping the support that is available to people leaving the Forces and we fully support the organisation’s strategic vision. We are delighted to be working with the FiMT team to help strengthen their voice and extend their influence.’

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Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on co@fim-trust.org or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

Useful links

Website: www.fim-trust.org

Reports: www.fim-trust.org/reports/

Who we have helped: www.fim-trust.org/who-we-have-helped/

Twitter: @FiMTrust

About the Mental Health Research Programme: www.fim-trust.org/mental-health/research-programme/