Dr Nicholas Murdoch PhD MA BA (Hons)
Director of Operations

Dr Nicholas Murdoch served in the Royal Naval Medical Branch a little in excess of 27 years. Since leaving the Service he has worked within a psychiatric setting and pursued an academic career, obtaining his PhD in 2008. He is a Research Fellow at University of Portsmouth with a Veteran Research focus. He is a member of the Hampshire Veterans’ Court Diversion and is an expert advisor to the TRiM 4 Veterans (Royal Marines).

Steve Scott
Prison Liaison Coordinator

Steve has been with Care after Combat since August 2015 1st as a Mentor and since January 2016 as The Prison Liaison Coordinator.

Steve served in the Royal Navy, and was on-board HMS Hermes during the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

He  spent nearly 20 years in HM Prison service as an Operational Manager and is the Link between the Charity and Prison Establishments, he maintains regular contact with Staff and Visits Establishments on a weekly basis

Since leaving the Prison Service Steve has acted as a Performance Improvement and Change Management advisor to several Companies across several sectors .

Rob Nicholls
Project Manager - Wales

Rob served in the Welsh Guards for over 13 years with operational tours to the Falklands and Northern Ireland, also spending a number of years Recruiting and with Regimental Welfare.
Since leaving, Rob has worked in the charity sector with the British Red Cross as Assistant Community Services Manager, responsible for Public Events and Emergency Response and also with MIND as Centre Manager, responsible for all day to day issues. He has also worked for Local Authority as Emergency Planning Officer, with main responsibilities of Event Safety and Developing and Reviewing Emergency Plans. Rob has worked since 2009 as a volunteer and trustee with the military charity SAMA Wales and is the current Branch Chairman.
As Projects Manager (Wales) His responsibilities are to fully develop mentoring services to reduce reoffending amongst the veteran population in Wales. This will be achieved by Introducing our own through the gate services to include accommodation projects, training, employment, health and also wellbeing.  New fundraising ideas, events and information days will be introduced to highlight Care After Combat’s role within veteran’s charities in the principality, whilst also enhancing good working relationships and links with other agencies and organisations.

Jane Jones
Clinical Lead

Jane has over 30 years’ experience working within the field of mental health. Having worked for the NHS and Her Majesties Armed Forces she has an in-depth understanding of the effects of trauma on people’s lives.

Jane is a specialist provider of therapies to men and women who have experienced trauma or difficult life experiences and who may engage in self-destructive risk behaviours to cope such as: misusing substances, harming themselves or others and offending. Her work has focussed on working with people who find it difficult to engage because of the severity of post traumatic symptoms and she has developed vast expertise in applying therapies in a way that can be flexible to suit individuals.

As an accredited psychotherapist Jane provides therapies specific to trauma and a wide range of other mental health needs. She is a practitioner in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tracey Cotterill
Assessor (SWH)

Tracey served in the Royal Navy with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service for 6 years. During her time in Navy she was a keen sportswomen and represented the service in squash, tennis and hockey.

Since leaving the armed forces, Tracey has worked in a clinical capacity within the criminal justice field. This has included working in prisons, forensic secure hospitals, law courts, and most currently for the NHS England in partnership with Portsmouth City Council as a Court Liaison & Diversion Officer.

Tracey is passionate about her role within Care after Combat and derives great satisfaction from making a positive contribution to the lives of veterans who may have made poor life decisions, often compounded by underlying mental health and substance misuse.

Sam Cook
Accommodation Manager (Simon Weston House)

Sam served in the Royal Navy for over 23 years and was on board HMS Fearless during the Falklands Conflict in 1982.  As a Service Policeman, he has also served abroad in Diego Garcia and Hong Kong.

Since leaving the RN, Sam has worked as a Civil Servant in London and more recently as a Regional Training Manager with the country’s largest Conservation Charity. This involved working with the homeless and unemployed, including many Veterans, to provide them with a wide range of support including basic employability skills.

Sam believes that the role at Simon Weston House is a perfect opportunity for him to combine his experience and understanding of the demands of ex-service life and to make a positive difference.

Amy Crisp
Project Coordinator

Amy left the Army in 2014 after serving 9 years in the Royal Military Police.

Since leaving the Military, Amy has spent time volunteering and working with various charities, and most recently began to study a part time degree in Psychology.

Amy is excited to use her skills gained whilst in the Military to support the volunteer Mentors at Care after Combat.

Phil Smith
Locality Mentor – Wales

Phil served with the Welsh Guards and worked as a Custodial Officer in the private sector. More recently Phil worked as a Trainer/Instructor in heavy plant equipment, which also included undertaking various Health and Safety courses.

Phil’s experience started at Care after Combat within a Mentoring role, which placed Phil in good stead to take over as Locality Mentor (Wales), with a good underpinning knowledge of the help and support both mentors and Veterans need.

Phil hopes to not just continue what the previous Locality Mentor started, but to improve the support offered and take an active part in the charities success.

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