Meet The Team

Specialist career support for veterans

Our dedicated Lifeworks team has vast experience in helping veterans and families of serving military personnel achieve their career goals. The team has skills from various backgrounds, including experienced psychologists, careers consultants and ex-military welfare officers. Whatever support you require, we are well placed to ensure you have our full, professional support.

Career support for veterans in the UK
Steve Parrott Lifeworks Team

Steve Parrott

Head Of Lifeworks
Steve leads the team with developing the Lifeworks programme to support the Armed Forces community to gain meaningful employment opportunities and provide career support for veterans.  Steve has a service background having completed a career in the Parachute Regiment. Steve’s last serving role was the Unit Welfare Officer and was responsible for looking after the wounded, injured and sick personnel, helping in their path to full recovery and assisting in their transition to civilian life.

Kelly White

Referral Engagement Manager

Our Referral Engagement Manager Kelly creates, builds and maintains new and existing referral opportunities with like minded veteran support services that value and appreciate the service that Lifeworks provides to the Forces community. Kelly also reaches out and engages with local authority and wider authorities fostering networks to increase referral pipelines and ensure our Lifeworks programme and courses are well resourced are linked with forces friendly employment sector partners.

Steve Parrott Lifeworks Team

Tim Brown

Trainer and Coach

Tim served a full career as a Royal Engineer and AGC Senior Non-Commissioned Officer; his last serving role being the Chief Clerk at Headquarters Household Division in Horse Guards. Tim then trained and worked as a Commercial Diver in Scotland, as a Sales Advisor for a building supplies company, as a Prison Officer and then as a Class 1 Lorry Driver. Tim was diagnosed with PTSD and consequently took a part time role as a Supervisor in RBLI’s social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC). After 5 years spent stabilising his mental health, Tim then became a Job Coach and NVQ Assessor in BBMC, responsible for the welfare and development of our Supported Employees, before becoming the Trainer and Coach for our Lifeworks Programme.

Gary Woodford

Employment Advisor

Gary is a Royal Navy Veteran, he served on Warships HMS Intrepid, HMS Plymouth, HMS Nottingham and HMS Gloucester during his Naval Career.

Gary was an Engineer by trade and in his branch was known as “Stokers” as they used to shovel coal into the Boilers.

As well as warships Gary served in various shore side establishments, and as part of this he was an Instructor at the Navy’s lead fire school where he trained personnel of all ranks in firefighting techniques.

As part of his Naval career he has been so fortunate to have travelled to both Arctic &  Antarctic circles, through the Suez canal and also the Panama canal as well as many other locations around the world.

Steve Parrott Lifeworks Team

Mandy Waters

Team coordinator

Mandy assists the Lifeworks team by delivering admin support to ensure all areas of the team are working efficiently. In addition to this, she also works with the team to develop and improve the Lifeworks programme. Mandy is married to a serving member of the British Army so understands the needs of military families and is well placed to assist with the challenges they face.

James Japp, Harvinder Bharj & Linda Houston

Vocational Assessors

Vocational assessors are experienced psychologists and careers consultants here to provide guidance and support to veterans looking to change jobs, get back into work or begin any kind of work-related activities.  Their aim is to support veterans in finding out more about them in order to select a realistic and suitable career direction.