The PTI Volunteer Veteran Focus Group (Phase One)

Simon Turpin is an army veteran with PTSD. He has led a successful commercial career since his service.

Chantelle Taylor is an army veteran, campaigner and author with 20 years’ experience in the field of security and defence. She is an Ambassador for the British Army Museum

Martine Cotter is an MSc Student of Applied Neuroscience at Kings College London with 20 years’ experience supporting people with multiple complex needs. She is a Home Office accredited Independent Chair of Serious Case Reviews.

Matthew Sheerin is the CEO of After the Military, a dedicated career transition service for veterans. Matt focused his dissertation for his MSc in evidence-based career coaching on veteran employment with the University of East London 

Veteran Focus Group


We are a small, dedicated team of volunteers working under the umbrella of the Positive Transformation Initiative (PTI) to maintain and/or improve the health and prosperity of veterans after they leave the military.  


Our aim is to work with government, business and third sector organisations to champion PTI’s three core pledges (for the veteran community):


  1. Create: We will Identify opportunities to enhance the support veterans receive after leaving the military. Where there are gaps in provision, knowledge or support, we will create new pathways, connections and interventions to boost the existing offering. 

  2. Accelerate:  We will identify best practice, evidence-based projects, enterprises, and ideas from across the globe and support community experts working alongside veterans to execute new and existing initiatives at scale.

  3. Collaborate: We will create and accelerate best-practice initiatives for veterans through the ethos of collaboration and networking - ensuring that best-practice is shared and underpinned with the right resources, expertise, pro-bono support, connections, mentoring and funding to make a long-lasting, positive transformation to the lives of veterans transitioning back into society.


We are not a charity, nor do we exist to reinvent the wheel. Rather, we consider ourselves to be a catalyst for change – where change is needed.


Phase One Activities


  • In order to understand what is working well within the veteran network and what veterans may feel is lacking, we have dedicated our first year to evidence gathering.  During the evidence gathering phase we have dedicated our time to establishing and asserting the voice of veterans by involving them in their future care.


  • We have also been reviewing academic research from across the globe to establish if there are gaps between academic theory and front-line practice. This has led to literature reviews across many social themes including veteran homelessness, PTSD, childhood adversity, addiction, employment and mental health.


  • We have explored the latest developments in neuroscience and immunology, hoping to gain a fresh perspective into the unique experiences and personal challenges veterans face before, during and after the military. 


  • Over the course of the last 12 months, we have combined the learning from our literature review and translated it into one document – an 80-question ‘lifespan survey’ – that we believe will provide us with an holistic picture of a veterans life; enabling us to map patterns and events that shape who they are today and why.   

The Lifespan Survey for Veterans


While a lot of research has been done on individual social themes linked to veterans, we believe the ‘lifespan survey’ will connect the dots for the very first time in the UK. 


Instead of looking at each issue in isolation we have created a holistic questionnaire, grounded in evidenced-based theory, that takes a veteran on a journey through their early years, their military life and beyond.  From the answers provided we will begin to map correlations and commonalities to substantiate or challenge existing theoretical assumptions and improve our knowledge and understanding of the veteran care pathway.  This invaluable intelligence will assist us in championing more effective, meaningful interventions for veterans (now and in the future) across the UK. 


Can you support us?


If you are a military veteran or a professional with connections to veterans, you could support us by completing or sharing our survey (Link coming soon). 


We are asking for 20-25 minutes of your time to complete our 80-question ‘life-span survey’. We appreciate that veterans understand that a little help is often given to mates we have served with, and we trust that you will see this in the same context. Transition from service life back to civvy-street for some is quick and others much longer, and success can be varied.  


You might think some of the questions are odd, or even irrelevant, but we are asking you to trust us and answer everything you can as honestly as you can, as it will genuinely help. Your answers are 100% confidential and your data will never be shared with anyone.  

Whether you made the transition from military to civilian life recently or a long time ago, your input is invaluable. 


We must reach a minimum of 500 veterans for this survey to produce the desired results, so please share to your own networks and connections.


Next steps      


After the evidence gathering phase, the PTI veteran team will recruit specialist analysts to interpret the data and produce a report and presentation to be shared with you and key stakeholders working with UK veterans.

We will use this intelligence to start a dialogue with the veteran community and to invite feedback and ideas.  From this we will look to develop a ‘Phase Two Theory of Change Strategy’.  

We will update you of our progress as we move forward. 

Please email us at to be kept informed of updates.