Our Story

FRONTFOOT is the first positive step for veterans looking to transition from military to civilian life. This time can be challenging and we are here to support you through the whole journey.

We provide careers for veterans and their families to start a new life; the right way; with the right support; for the right employers.

Any service person, veteran or family member can sign up to join FRONTFOOT and once this is complete you will have instant access to e-learning and mental health support materials to help you start planning for the future.

To help veterans and their families achieve their goals, we ask them to sign up and engage with us, up to 4 years prior to leaving. 

Don't leave your future to chance. 

photo of Richard Leaman

RICHARD LEAMAN

CEO

Richard served in the Royal Navy for 35 years and directed operations in every rank from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral. He was awarded the OBE in 1994 for disaster relief services in Eleuthera after Hurricane Andrew and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2009 for creating NATO's ground-breaking Maritime Security Strategy.  In his time at sea, he commanded HM Ships DUMBARTON CASTLE, CARDIFF and CUMBERLAND, and was the Commander UK Task Group during Gulf War 2. He also served in the Ministry of Defence three times, and has held three personnel training appointments, including Director of the Higher Command and Staff Course.

On leaving the navy,  he joined the charity sector,  firstly as CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and then the CEO of the Tall Ships Youth Trust. He has also served as the Chairman of the Royal Navy Officers’ Charity and ARNO,  and as a trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. He is an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, and a graduate of the MoD’s Strategic Leadership, Diversity, and Higher Command and Staff courses.

Richard lives with his wife Jacqui near Bath, and they have 5 grown up sons from their previous relationships. In his spare time, he enjoys dog walking, swimming, music of all forms, any live performances, and fishing.  When allowed, he plays the guitar, badly.

Programme Director

Dan has grown training functions starting his career working at Buckingham Palace for Royal Collection Enterprises. Until recently he worked for a local company where he integrated both performance related and personal development learning through bespoke qualifications and assessment.

As well as designing qualifications, he enjoys delivering courses and watching people develop.  ‘I have a very interactive approach to learning and I like to ensure that my training sessions are engaging, interactive and fun – no matter what the subject is’.

Outside of work, Dan has two children and wife who confesses he is the third!  He is also a keen runner and run a few marathons.

LORNA ROSE

Systems Director

Lorna is a highly experienced learning and development consultant and an associate member of the CiPD. She has over 17 years experience in the training world and has worked across a multitude of sectors and company sizes.

Lorna is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals and strongly believes in life-time learning. This philosophy is one of the main reasons for her choosing to be part of Front Foot Training and supporting FrontFoot.

Outside of work, Lorna is an active part of ProHelp Suffolk which supports charities in the region, is a keen cook and loves to travel, although as you can imagine this has been on hold more recently. She loves the great outdoors and is an enthusiastic walker alongside her dog Ellie and an aspiring paddle-boarder!

Non-Exec Director

Bonita is a dynamic and highly skilled PTSD trauma recovery therapist, coach and trainer who helps clients move from anxious to empowered.

In her practice, Future-edge Therapy, she specialises in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief, anxiety and stress management, fears, phobias, lack of confidence and resilience using the ‘Integrated Trauma System’ developed from her previous teaching career, her knowledge of neuroscience, skills gained through working with clients and from her own experiences. Bonita also supports corporate business with specialist mental health therapy, programs and training.

Bonita is dedicated to helping people. They come to work with her when they feel overwhelmed and out of control due to significant past experiences and trauma. Bonita provides the tools needed to empower her clients to recognise and manage their own trauma and anxiety never letting either win.

In her spare time Bonita loves walking her border terrier Tebi, drinking anything containing bubbles and planning new and exciting outdoor adventures with her wife. Bonita is also a volunteer for Bedfordshire Police delivering therapy, anxiety and stress management training and talks on a monthly basis.

KENNETH LAWNS

Non-Exec Director

Ken joined the Royal Marines in July 1999 and successfully completed the most arduous infantry in the UK, ready to serve as a Royal Marines Commando. He served in major units in 3 Commando Brigade and NATO HQ Brunssum. He has been deployed on exercises and operations in some of the most inhospitable countries and over a career spanning 22 years in various positions he progressed through the ranks from Marine, culminating as a Sergeant Major (WO2). As a Sgt Maj, which Ken found an extremely rewarding rank, he was given opportunities to help guide others on their careers, personal lives and looking after their welfare and professionally development to be the best soldiers/sailors they could be.

Growing up in Botswana and schooling in South Africa, Ken met Tim. They shared some incredible journeys growing up but unfortunately, life got in the way and they grew apart, but after 27 years they re-connected through FrontFoot.

Ken lives on the West Coast of Scotland with his family and enjoys open water swimming and ultra marathons.