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).

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.

Steve Scott
Regional Director (South)

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 .

Stevie Gomez
Assistant Regional Director (South)

Biog coming soon

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).

Darryl Heaton
Regional Director (North West)

Darryl has served 23 years in the British Army.  Darryl joined as a vehicle mechanic in 1990 in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (R.E.M.E). He has served with a variety of Units and Regiments including the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and as a physical training instructor, training recruits. Darryl had a 5-year break from the Army where he served as a Police Officer within Cheshire Police before re-joining the Army to complete his colour service. He has completed numerous Operational tours including Northern Ireland, Bosnia and more recently Afghanistan. Darryl joined the charity in July when he left the Army and is now looking forward to assisting Veterans in his role as West and North Wales Regional Manager.

Kevin Gordon
Assistant Regional Director (North West)

Kevin served in the British Army for 24 Years.  After Joining the Army in 1993, he joined the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment and later, after the merger in 2006, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  He has conducted numerous Operational tours including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Kevin has had varied career including working in training establishments such as the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick and the Infantry Battle school in Brecon and more recently he has worked as an advisor/mentor in the Afghan National Army Officer Academy.  Prior to leaving the Army in March 20017, Kevin served as the Regimental Sergeant Major with the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in Cyprus.  Now starting a new and exciting career, Kevin is looking forward to working with mentors and veterans all over the North West.

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.

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