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WHO WE ARE


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WHO WE ARE


WHO WE ARE



The OppO Foundation has been established to help ex-military personnel, their families and dependants on their return to civilian life. Our objectives are to provide support in practical areas such as:

• Employment and self-enterprise
• Housing
• Education and training
• Health and wellbeing

However life in the military is very different to life as a civilian and support is also needed to help people survive the culture change.

It is also important to recognise that support is not a one-sided affair. The OppO Foundation provides support to military personnel returning to civilian life and also supports the civilian community to welcome and benefit from their return.


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PATRONS


PATRONS


THE PATRONS


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SIMON THOMAS
CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

"I am proud to support the OppO Family and all it strives to achieve.

Its work to help those who have served our country in their often difficult transition from a role in the military back into civilian life is crucial, and must be supported.

The skillsets of highly trained individuals can provide UK businesses with essential talent and we must embrace the opportunity."


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NICK PETHERAM
CEO, Bell Integration

"With several members of my family having had long military careers, I am aware of how strong their knowledge, skills and expertise is, alongside their extensive and broad ranging experience. I have also seen how problematic it can be to move from the culture of a forces environment into a commercial setting.  I am delighted to be able to help businesses utilise these terrifically skilled people whilst supporting their transition post a services career."


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BRIAN CHAPMAN

"I am honoured to be a Patron of the OppO Foundation.

Our Servicemen and women are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We in turn should make their deployment back into civvy street as easy as possible. That is the least we can do."


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TERESA GRIFFITHS
OBE, ARRC

"A career in the Armed Forces is much more than a job or vocation, in that it demands that individuals ‘vow’ to serve Queen and country in defence of national interests.  

In doing so, personal ambition, family needs and safety become secondary to the greater good and requirements of the Service.  Such sacrifice and commitment can only be achieved by the creation of a complex culture or ‘way of life’ that is founded on shared values, rules and tradition glued together by friendship, loyalty, courage, teamwork and leadership.  Accepting that nothing about the realities of conflict and war are normal, survival is dependent on pre-empting the unpredictable, accepting the unknown and normalising the abnormal.  

It is therefore not surprising that some Service men and women struggle when it is time to transition from military to civilian life.  Because of Kayam’s personal experience The OppO Foundation is unprecedented in its understanding and insight of these unique challenges.  I am hugely honoured to be a Patron of such a wonderful charity that provides invaluable but practical support and recognition to those that sacrificed ‘the normal’ in preparing to pay the ultimate sacrifice if demanded."


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TRUSTEES


TRUSTEES


THE PATRONS


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KAYAM IQBAL
Chair of the Board of Trustees & Founder of The OppO Foundation

When he left the military Kayam Iqbal’s personal experience of readjusting to civilian life inspired him to do something to help his former colleagues make their own transition from military to civilian life.

In 2011 he set up JobOppO, a jobsite dedicated to ex-military personnel to help them find employment.  Even in the early days Kayam recognised that, although employment was a cornerstone to a successful transition, ex-military personnel had a great many other challenges to face.

A key objective of JobOppO was to support military charities.  JobOppO supported a number of initiatives including a charity event on HMS Belfast to raise funds for Help The Heroes, Combat Stress and OppO Recruitment, a commercial recruitment company was established in January 2013.

Kayam felt that much more need to be done to support ex-military personnel on their return to civilian life and so in 2014 he founded a new charity for ex-military personnel, The OppO Foundation.


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CLIVE UNITT
FCA

Clive Unitt is the founder and director of Cube3 Solutions Ltd which specialises in strategic planning, financial control and general business management. Clive is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants and has over 30 years’ experience across a wide range of businesses in the commercial, not-for-profit and charitable sectors.

Clive has substantial experience as a non-executive director serving on the board and chairing the audit committee for a number of organisations.


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KEVIN SMALLWOOD

Kevin is the Strategic Partnership Manager - Armed Forces & Veterans Services at Remploy.

Kevin has worked in the Media industry, Employment Law and for the last 8 years in specialist recruitment.  He has a successful track record in setting and delivering on business strategy.


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