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About This Project

This is a research project examining future socio-economic and social-political trends and their likely impact on the Armed Forces Community.

In the Spring of 2020, Forces in Mind Trust commissioned Future Agenda to undertake a focused study looking at “Future trends and their impact on the Armed Forces Community in 2031 and beyond – with a focus on transition.”

The aim was to engage a wide community of experts to understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Armed Forces veterans so that collectively we can be more prepared for the future as it unfolds. This project has been conducted in three phases, including stakeholder interviews, expert workshops, and ethnographic research. The research generated new insights and evidence for all those involved in supporting the Armed Forces community as they transition into civilian life including policy makers, Armed Forces charities, local government and future employers. It aims to help them to plan strategically to ensure that those leaving the Armed Forces have the best possible chance of making a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life.

Project Timeline

Project Team

Ray Lock

Ray Lock

Chief Executive – FiMT

Ray is a retired Royal Air Force pilot and former commander of RAF Lyneham and the Joint Services Command and Staff College, as well as operational detachments in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar. He has been Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust since its inception in 2012.

Mike Ellicock

Mike Ellicock

CEO – FiMT

Mike is a social entrepreneur, Chief Executive and a former Parachute Regiment officer. He transitioned out of the military in 2005, and has since led teams in diverse contexts: start-up and scale-up businesses, banking, and in the third sector. He joins FiMT as Chief Executive in June 2021.

Caroline Cooke

Caroline Cooke

Head of Policy – FiMT

Caroline has worked in and with the charity sector throughout her career. She has extensive experience of policy and public affairs, research, and governance.

Isabel Summers

Isabel Summers

Evaluation Officer – FiMT

Isabel has worked in the charity sector since graduating from Cardiff University in 2012. Prior to joining FiMT, she worked as a researcher at the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.

Tom McBarnet

Tom McBarnet

Director of Programmes – FiMT

A former RN officer, Tom has worked in senior NATO roles and the NHS and has oversight of FiMT’s strategy and programmes.

Genevieve Lazar

Genevieve Lazar

Communications Officer – FiMT

Genevieve has worked in charity communications since she graduated from Lancaster University in 2014. Prior to joining FiMT, she spent four and a half years at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Patrick Harris

Patrick Harris

Director | Foresight – Future Agenda

Patrick is an expert in helping organisations grow and learn through understanding and acting on future opportunities and risk.

To find out more, please email:
enquiries@fim-trust.org