Why do so many veterans start their own businesses and choose to be self-employed rather than the security of employment.?

What are the particular skills and experience service leavers possess which enable them to be entrepreneurs?

Join us for Setting up a veteran-owned business on 20 June with Scott Johnson and Richard Dorney.


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Richard Dorney

Director at Strongmind Resiliency Training

Richard Dorney joined the British Army as a boy soldier in 1976. He served for 39 years as both soldier and Late Entry Officer, fulfilling a wide range of mainly infantry roles before being discharged in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2015 when he became too old and too fat to wear the Queen’s uniform with any credibility. In 2008 he set up the Army Trauma Risk Management Training Team and became the non-clinical subject matter expert in this area, rolling out critical training across the entire Army. He was later responsible for policy relating to the management of Wounded Injured and Sick personnel. He served in all the usual places that do not appear in your travel brochures including Northern Ireland (6 tours), Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. On leaving the Armed Forces Richard set up Strongmind Resiliency Training, a specialist company that delivers training in resilience, trauma management and mental health awareness. The company uses veterans with the relevant experience to deliver training to a wide range of organisations from the Home Office, emergency services, the MoD, HM Prison service to a myriad of corporate clients. Strongmind was privileged to have won the business of the year scale up category in this year’s Soldiering on Awards. Richard holds and MSc in war and Psychiatry from Kings College London, was made MBE in 2008 and was admitted as a member to the Order of St john of Jerusalem in 2010, He was awarded a QCVS for service in NI and is a visiting lecturer at KCL.

Scott Johnson

Chief Supporter, Veteran Owned UK

Scott is a former Royal Engineer from the British Army.
After serving 8 years in the Army with the majority of that time spent in E.O.D. Scott started a career in the Private Sector and quickly worked his way up the ladder within the Steel Industry.

Scott is now the Founder of Veteran Owned UK which is an online Business Directory that helps Veteran Owned Businesses gain more exposure whilst encouraging those businesses to build stronger working relationships through Networking.

Matt Offord


Matt Offord, former naval officer, is the director and founder of Coscoroba Consulting, a data driven management consultancy. 

Matt developed the SWAN leadership model, which he has applied in both public and private sector companies, in industries as diverse as health to marine technology, to help them thrive in complex situations. 

He has an MBA and a PhD in leadership, and is a former senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University Anthropology Department.