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FiMT Research Centre Conference 2021: Transition of Service People and Families

March 23 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 1:00 pm

This two-day online free-to-attend conference will focus on the “Transition of Service People and Families”.

Speakers will include a range of experts bringing together policy, research and the ‘lived experience’ to provide unique and rounded perspectives on significant issues of interest. We look forward to welcoming you to this special opportunity to network with others from different sectors working in the field, including academia, the charity sector, military and government.


The following is a suggested conference schedule:

Each session will include discussion of existing statutory and charity support, what research says, lived experience and audience questions.

Tuesday 23rd March, 10.00-13.00

Introductory Session

Professor Mike Almond – FiMT Research Centre

Ray Lock – Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust

Session 1 – Education & Training

Prof Vincent Connelly – Oxford Brookes University

Kate McCullough – Defence Transition Service

Dr Graham Cable – FiMT Research Centre/ Dr Michael Hall – University of Winchester

Louise Briggs – RAF Families Federation

Session 2 – Employment

Ren Kapur – X-Forces

Jenna Richardson – Army Families Federation

David Duffy – Career Transition Partnership / Chloe Mackay – RFEA

Matt Fossey – Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research, ARU


Wednesday 24th March, 10.00-13.00

Introductory Session

Professor Mike Almond – FiMT Research Centre

Johnny Mercer MP – Min DPV/OVA

Session 1 – Health & Wellbeing

Dr Dom Murphy – King’s College London

Dr Beverly Bergman – University of Glasgow

Lucy Heaver – Naval Families Federation

Prof Andy Bacon – NHS England /Ian Caws – Cobseo

Session 2 – Research Showcase

An overview of FiMT research activity will be given by Professor Mike Almond

Stuart Cole – Directory of Social Change

Prof Jonathan Bisson – Cardiff University

Prof Janet Walker – Newcastle University / Dr Gabriela Misca – University of Worcester


Event timings, schedule and prize winners are to be confirmed. Conference attendees will receive joining instructions for this online event nearer the time.


Please register for the conference here.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Caroline Tapper:




Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre