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The BSI Resettlement Awards 2017

Pathfinder International are delighted to announce the launch of the BSI Resettlement Awards 2017.

The 2017 awards will be held on 31st of October at the Lowery Hotel in Manchester. Year on year the awards become bigger and better and we are thrilled to have BSI on board as headline sponsors for this year’s awards. Chris Wright, Commercial Training Director at BSI said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Resettlement Awards, recognising the excellence and achievement of everyone involved.”

The judges panel has nearly reached capacity, however there are spaces left to have your say on who has been the most deserving in this area of expertise.


We are looking for someone with a military background  to join the judging panel for the 2017 Resettlement Awards.  If you are interested or know someone who would make a good judge, drop us a line via  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


We have assembled a list of highly qualified individuals to pass judgement on this year’s awards.

Ren Kapur MBE, Founder and CEO X-Forces Ltd

Ren has started and run her own businesses throughout her life and is passionate about enabling individuals and communities to support themselves through enterprise.

She has channelled contacts and working relationships to X-Forces, of which she is CEO and Founder, supporting new enterprise in the military community. Since 2013, X-Forces have supported over 1000 businesses to be launched by veterans, service leavers, reservists, cadets and family members.

Ren was awarded an MBE for service to the Entrepreneurship in 2016 in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.

Heledd Kendrick, Founder of Recruit for Spouses

A highly focused, ambitious, and visionary military wife, Heledd is passionate about driving awareness of the challenges faced by those married to the military. In 2009, she was inspired to launch Recruit for Spouses, an award-winning social enterprise, providing support for the spouses of serving members of the Armed Forces in their search for employment.

Rob Dawkins, winner of the Service Leaver of the Year Award 2016

Rob left the Royal Artillery in 2010 after 24 years’ service. Employed as a signaller he gained civilian accreditation of his military telecommunications. Ever mindful that it was important to have options Rob also liaised closely with General Dynamics UK about roles available and he also kept himself current and competent regarding his assessing work. With 3 months to go before he was due to leave the Services Rob applied for a role as a Personal Development Advisor which would utilise his assessing qualification and also that of his 24 years military experience.

Mike Edwards, Regional Tutor Delivery Manager, BSI

Prior to joining BSI, Mike spent over 20 years in the Royal Navy in a variety of information security roles. He has worked for the Royal Navy and the MoD on information assurance and business continuity management projects.

Mike joined BSI as a Tutor and is now a Regional Tutor Delivery Manager, managing a team of 10 specialist tutors. Mike has expertise in information security, business continuity and quality management systems. He has extensive security experience and has been a regular speaker at international conferences on information security in the defence sector.

Colonel Andy Deans MBE, the Ministry of Defence Lead on Resettlement

Andy commissioned in the Army in 1990 and his career has been focused on training, education and leadership development. He has deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan. During his career he has completed two Masters in Educational Technology and Defence Studies. He started his current job as Assistant Head of Through Life Development in the Ministry of Defence in September 15 and a major responsibility is ensuring the revised Career Transition Partnership (CTP) delivers a quality service to Defence personnel.

Brigadier (Retired) Ian Caws OBE CEng MICE, Director of Operations for Cobseo.

Ian served in the Royal Engineers for 30 years before a second career as Bursar of the Dragon School Oxford.  He joined Cobseo as Director of Operations earlier this year. Ian is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of Cobseo and providing support to the Cobseo Executive in pursuance of Cobseo objectives, projects and initiatives.   He represents Cobseo in various environments, attending a number of MOD meetings and working groups; working with the Cobseo Chairman and Executive Committee to promote Cobseo through the Cluster process; developing the relationships between Service Charities, Government Departments and many other organisations.

Elizabeth Stevens, Head of Employment Services and Marketing, The Officers' Association

Liz leads the Employment Department at the Officers' Association (OA) and is responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s employment strategy out to 2023. This includes developing its regional presence across the UK and introducing new services for job seekers and employers. She also has responsibility for marketing across the OA. She joined the OA in November 2013 having had a career in the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer which included time at sea in HMS Brilliant and HMS Endurance.

Graham Brown, Managing Director of Forces Recruitment Services Ltd

Graham joined the Army in 1987 as a musician, completing a one-year course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and serving as a medic in the first Gulf War. He left the Army in 1993 to pursue a career in sales and spent eight years in media sales working initially for the education specialist, Hobson’s Publishing selling on print and electronic graduate and undergraduate titles. Following the completion of an MA in Film Composition, he set up Forces Recruitment Services, the first commercial consultancy to assist ex-military candidates across all ranks and services in 2001.

Malcolm Robinson, Editor of Pathfinder

Mal Robinson is the current Editor of Pathfinder International. Prior to this, Mal served 9 years in the Royal Air Force in Logistics and Business Management. Mal has served in operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On leaving the RAF in 2011, Mal has worked in Afghanistan in Logistics, launched a Media publishing company, held the position of Sports Editor for Trinity Mirror’s ncj Media, worked as Security and Communications Director in Sierra Leone, as part of the UK government’s relief to the Ebola crisis, earning an Ebola medal in the process. Mal has been involved in 5 book projects in a range of roles from author to project editor. 


Of course, there  can be no Resettlement Awards without winners and to select  winners we need  contenders!

Nominations for a resettlement award can be submitted via the BSI Resettlement Awards 2017 website at It is acceptable for potential  award winners to nominate themselves or others who they believe to be worthy.

The full list of awards can be read at  and the award criteria are also available on the website. Award submissions will be passed to our judging panel who will be responsible for picking the winners. Pathfinder International magazine will only have one representative on the judging panel (our Editor, Mal Robinson). Other than that, Pathfinder International magazine will have no influence over who is chosen as a resettlement award winner.

All entrants who are shortlisted for a resettlement award will be invited as guests of BSI and Pathfinder to the awards dinner.

The closing date for submitting nominations for The BSI Resettlement Awards 2017 is September 1st 2017.


Alongside BSI supporting the Resettlement Awards as headline sponsor, we are very pleased to welcome back Nationwide, The Officers' Association, P&O Ferries and FRS.

Following this month’s launch of The Resettlement Awards 2017, we will be contacting companies to invite them to sponsor an award which provides the perfect opportunity for organisations to demonstrate support for Service Leavers and Veterans.

The benefits of sponsoring a Resettlement Award include presenting an award at the awards ‘black-tie’ dinner as well as a table for 10 to enjoy a four course dinner which is served during the awards ceremony.

In addition to attending the BSI Resettlement Awards 2017, award category sponsorship also offers considerable PR opportunities in Pathfinder International magazine, our extensive social media platforms, the Resettlement Awards website (www. and the mainstream media. Organisations interested in sponsoring a resettlement awards category should contact Paul Foster via pfoster@  or by calling 0191 442 0198.


Attendance at the BSI Resettlement Awards 2017 is open to both individuals and organisations. Individual tickets are available at £84 per head. Packages are available for bulk purchases by individuals of 2 tickets (£156) 6 tickets (£450) or 10 tickets (£840).

Corporate Packages

Corporate  packages are available to organisation wishing to purchase a table for 10 at a rate of £1200 (ex vat). While more expensive per head than the price of individual tickets the corporate package  provides excellent value for money as it includes:

  4 bottles of wine per table

  Half page advertisement in the  Event Programme for the evening

  Half page advertisement in the Awards editorial review to appear in the November issue of Pathfinder International magazine.


We will be making further announcements between now and The BSI Resettlement Awards 2017 on 31st October 2017. There are a number of ways to keep up to date with developments surrounding The BSI Resettlement Awards 2017:

  Sign up to receive the  digital version of Pathfinder magazine or our e-newsletters for Service  Leavers and Veterans via the  website at

  Like Pathfinder International’s Facebook page at

  Join the  Pathfinder International LinkedIn group  at

Follow Pathfinder International magazine on Twitter @PathfinderMag

For more information on any aspect of The BSI Resettlement Awards visit  or call 0191 442 0198.

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