About Battle Buddy UK
Veterans Helping Veterans.
Battle Buddy UK is a community interest company founded by veterans, of which one was diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and tried to take his own life back in 2017.
We founded the company out of our experiences and that of many other veterans that the feeling of something missing with the long-term support and treatment of those suffering from complex mental health problems within the veteran community.
There is a plethora of third sector organisations serving the veteran community, but there are few who understand and can treat the complex needs which many ex-servicemen and women present.
In addition to the daily struggle that veterans face, their families are also face little to no support. This has a hugely detrimental effect on their marriages and relationships, which in turn impacts the veterans’ wellbeing.
Battle Buddy was formed to combat such deficits and are passionate on helping veterans.
Proud stepfather to my daughter Eleanor. I joined the Army 1990 serving in Northern Ireland, Germany & Canada, Iraq and Afghanistan. Served with 3rd Battlion Light Infanrty and 5th Battlion The Rifles
I love most sports and spending time with my family and watching the Mighty Leeds Rhinos.
Mental Health Nurse
Born in Hertfordshire and raised in Essex, started training to be a mental health nurse in 1986. Qualified in 1990, working in a variety of settings across the East of England.
Moved to Yorkshire in 2008 and after a spell with South West Yorkshire trust and some independent work worked as a civilian mental health nurse with MOD. Initially at Catterick then relocated to Wattisham airfield and Melville Barracks respectively. Role was with DCMH supporting personnel with their mental health.
In 2018 joined the Veterans Complex mental health service providing mental health support to Veterans with complex mental health needs.
Extremely excited and proud to be associated with the battle buddy team, and look forward to the future and the support the team can give.
Julie Bickerdyke FCMA CGMA
Strategic Finance Manager
Julie is one of the founders of Not Just an FD, providing outsourced Finance Director services to small businesses. She specialises in working with small, growing companies and Not for Profit organisations that have a strong sense of purpose, are giving back to society and making a difference in their communities.
Julie’s background was in engineering working as Finance Director and Managing Director and uses that experience along with lessons learned to help her clients.
Julie works with small business owners helping them to be accountable for their own financial success by creating a strategy and ensuring they have the systems, information and tools they need to keep on track. Julie really cares about her clients and gets truly involved in their businesses; she provides emotional as well as technical support.
Mentor and Founder of The Crescent
Paula Chamberlain is the Founder and Managing Director of The Crescent
She is a passionate social entrepreneur who is determined to change the world and provide the most luxury home care across the UK.
Along with helping other providers to raise their standards.
Ross Burkinshaw (born 10 August 1986) is a retired English professional boxer who has won the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) English Super flyweight title, bantamweight Commonwealth title beating Jason Cunningham and WBO European
He has been a challenger for the BBBofC super flyweight title against Lee Haskins, the BBBofC English bantamweight title against Craig Lyon, and the BBBofC Central (England) Area super bantamweight title against Gavin McDonnell..
MEET THE TRUSTEES
Dr. Lawrence Atkins
Lawrence trained at Leeds University Medical School and qualified as a doctor in 1999. After completing his pre-registration year in the departments of Surgery and Medicine in Harrogate Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary respectively, he joined the Mental Health Trust in Leeds in 2000.
Lawrence has worked as a Psychiatrist in Leeds for the last 18 years in a variety of different mental health sub-speacialities including hospital, community, working age adults, child & adolescent and older people’s psychiatry. After completing three years of basic training as a junior doctor in Physchiatry, Lawrence took up permanent post in Leeds initially as a Staff Grade Psychiatrist until 2008 and in his current position for the last ten years as a Speaciality Doctor in Psychiatry.
In addition to his work in the NHS, Lawrence was Civilian Medical Officer for the Territorial Army for Fifteen years. He worked primarily for the second division of the TA at Barracks across the North of England in Leeds, York and Catterick providing Occupational Medical Services to serving soldiers and new recruits to the forces.
For the last 12 months, Lawrence has been involved in developing a NHS Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS),newly commissioned by NHS England. The Veterans Mental Health Service operates throughout England and aims to provide treatment to veterans with service attributable mental health difficulties.
Lawrence is currently the Clinical lead for VMH CTS (North), a service provided by Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundations Trust.