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About This Project

This is a research project examining future socio-economic and social-political trends and the likely impact of those trends 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 is 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 is being conducted in three phases, including stakeholder interviews, expert workshops, and ethnographic research. The research will generate new insights and evidence for engaging with policy makers, and will enable Armed Forces charities and other organisations to plan strategically, with the aim of ensuring that those they support have the best possible chance of making a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. The final report will include recommendations for Government, the armed forces community and civilian employers. This will be published in February 2021.

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.

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.

James Alexander

James Alexander

Director | Strategy – Future Agenda

James was co-founder and UK CEO of Zopa and now works with companies and NGOs to help save nature and create positive growth.

Caroline Dewing

Caroline Dewing

Co-Founder – Future Agenda

Caroline works with organisations to establish and run thought leadership, engagement and communications initiatives with both local and international reach.

Robin Pharoah

Robin Pharoah

Director | Insight – Future Agenda

Robin is a pioneer in the use of ethnographic research for innovation. He has recognised expertise in working with ‘hard to reach’ populations to uncover new insights.