Military Partnerships



The world’s largest and leading celebration of military veterans in second careers returns for its fifth annual edition, with a shortlist showcasing the huge breadth of ex-forces talent.

The finalists for the 2022 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the largest business celebration globally of the Armed Forces community, have been revealed, demonstrating the significant scale and range of talents among UK veterans.

Trevor Douce, international aerospace business director at Bureau Veritas, has been shortlisted for Team Leader of the Year. He heads up the Bureau Veritas aerospace offering, working with clients to provide testing, inspection, certification, training and other associated services to support safety and compliance. He has been with the business for 23 years since leaving the RAF, and plays an active role in the company’s ex-forces programme to help inspire others to follow his path.

The thousands of servicemen and women who leave the British Armed Forces each year create a rich talent pool for employers across all sectors to tap into. The world-class skills and renowned values nurtured within the British Armed Forces arm service leavers with the experience, capability and aptitude to offer great value to businesses.

Ken Smith, CEO of Bureau Veritas UK and Ireland, said: “We are incredibly proud of Trevor’s work here at Bureau Veritas – and indeed of our other veterans – and he fully awards the recognition he has received. We’re looking forward to seeing the final results on 8th September.

As a business, we’ve spent many years developing and refining our programme to support those leaving the Armed Forces. We have built structured strategic partnerships with key organisations, offering new career opportunities, practical work experience and training opportunities for those leaving the armed forces."



Bureau Veritas UK

As part of this, we signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, which underlines our commitment to support the wider Armed Forces community and to recognise its contribution to the business and our country.

Transitioning to civilian life can be a challenge as much as it is an opportunity. We offer the opportunity for structured best-in-class training, a programme of development and a wealth of career opportunities in a supporting, rewarding work environment. And as an employer, we appreciate the transferrable skills and personal attributes that those leaving the armed forces can bring.

The Awards programme is also a powerful vehicle for increasing visibility of both role models and career opportunities for veterans, and educating employers on the exceptional transferable talents among military service leavers. This year’s UK shortlist exhibits the second-career achievements of over 200 veterans and reservists, whittled down from a record-breaking 700 nominations. The breadth of opportunities available to veterans are evident through the big variety of sectors represented on the shortlist.


lobal Head of Consumer Banking & Payments, Headline Sponsor of the awards programme


As a leading employer of UK veterans and admirer of their skills and talents, Barclays are extremely proud to be headline sponsor of the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards for the third year running, and we congratulate all of the finalists for being incredible role models to the wider Armed Forces community.

Barclays is a better business because of our veteran and reservist colleagues. These Awards play a crucial role in promoting the huge value that ex-forces personnel add in their second careers, both to their individual employers and to the economy as a whole. It is wonderful to see the veteran community come together in force and it’s inspiring to see the positive impact of veterans across the broad spectrum of British industry.
Jul. 28 2022