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
Regional Operations Manager (North)

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).

Sam Cook
Central Operations Manager

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.

Richard Bradshaw
Mentor Liaison Officer

Served in Royal Navy for 23 years in Communications branch on many ships including HMS Illustrious during the Sierra Leone troubles. As a new entry instructor Richard taught many new entry trainees and career progression courses in HMS Collingwood.  After leaving the RN, Richard worked as a Civil Servant in military communications for 14 years safeguarding vital links with British Forces in many fields of conflict.  Richard worked in voluntary roles for his church including many rewarding years coordinating the various volunteers and sees his work here as a step forward from that and is looking forward to helping mentors in their work.

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