Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the Northern Ireland Veterans Awards 2023!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Northern Irish Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Europa Hotel Belfast on the 25th October 2023. The awards are in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had the lost of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.

Our Finalists are :

Role Model of the Year – Sponsored by Babcock

  • Ben Smyth
  • Chris Shields
  • Stephen Scarborough
  • David McAllister
  • Andrew Carlisle
  • James McMordie
  • Brian McKee
  • Dean Farrell
  • Neil Skillen


The Community Awards – Sponsored by Reid Black Solicitors

  • Craig Hogg
  • Tom Hayes
  • Ben Higgins
  • Keith Bigger
  • Veterans pipe band
  • James McMordie


Contribution to the Northern Irish Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by OTT

  • Northwest Tri -Service Veterans Football Club (NWT-SV FC) Management Team .
  • Keith Bigger
  • Gordy elliott









Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by Inspire

  • Brian McKee
  • Northwest Tri -Service Veterans Football Club (NWT-SV FC) Management Team .
  • Keith Bigger
  • Reading Force
  • Anthony Mc Toal
  • BVF


Reservist of the Year Award – Sponsored by 38 Irish Brigade

  • Graham Fergus
  • Vincent Lavery
  • Denis McKee
  • David Smyth
  • Owen Lyttle


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Thales

  • Graham Shaw
  • Richard Quirey
  • Lea Vaughan
  • Ryan boyd


Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Veterans Commissioner NI

  • Ben Smyth
  • Andrew Harney
  • Bryan Phillips
  • Brain Mckee
  • James Mcmordie
  • David McAllister


Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Forces Employment Charity

  • G4S
  • Deloitte
  • Translink
  • Randox
  • H & W
  • Royal Mail


Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Ex-Mil Recruitment

  • Adrian donaldson
  • Erine Telford


Business leader of the Year  – Sponsored by FDM

  • Colin Dunlop
  • Graham Shaw
  • Richard Quirey


Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Henry Brothers 

  • Ben Smyth
  • Brian McKee
  • Greg Wilson
  • Tony Leslie
  • Niall Patrick
  • Ryan Gray
  • James McMordie
  • Jim Fleming
  • Sam Russell


Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by FGM Boiler Services 

  • Re Academy
  • Erskine Financial
  • Professional Fire & Security
  • Legacy Resources
  • Forest Fitness NI
  • Soldiering on Coffee


The Winners will be chosen by our Independent Judging Panel. The Judging panels names and profiles will be released over the coming weeks.

Our Shortlisted  finalists will be filmed in the fantastic Location of HMS Caroline on the 29th September. These videos will then be used on our extensive media campaign and will also be played on the evening itself, you will also receive your finalist certificate on this fantastic morning and get to network with the other finalists, sponsors and dignitaries.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 20th September to 21st October.

For more details please get in touch.