Meet the Team

Ger Fowler, Founder and CEO

As a veteran myself I know how important it is to have someone to help you to get back on your feet when you are down. I am delighted – and humbled – by the incredible response that VICS has already had, and I look forward to making a real difference to the lives of local veterans as the organisation grows.
Ger Fowler

Claire Lawton, General Manager & Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Claire is our new Volunteer Co-Ordinator as we are looking to expand our team of volunteers. Whilst Claire has never served she has family members who are veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces. Claire became involved with VICS when she completed a university placement as part of the team.

Claire Lawton

Stan Forster, Removals Manager


Stan is an army veteran, having served for 30 years in the Paratroop Regiment and the Royal Artillery, he also has over 10 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Stan is responsible for the day to day running of our removals business and he is based in the Pallion Hub.

Sam Neil

Sam Neil, Veterans Support Worker

Sam is a Royal Navy veteran and has previous served in Northumbria Police and HMPS and joined VICs as a client in 2019. She then progressed to become a volunteer before commencing paid employment in her new role. Sam is passionate about health and fitness and she organises a wide range of physical activities for the clients and their families to enjoy.

Amanda Wadey

Amanda Wadey, Volunteer Lead

Amanda is an Army veteran and after joining VICs in 2019 as a client she is now our volunteer lead. Amanda is mentors other clients and volunteers. Amanda enjoys taking part in all of the physical activities and thoroughly enjoys her new
role as part of the VICs staff.

Paul McLoughlin

Paul McLoughlin, Business Development Manager

Paul is an Army veteran and is the Veterans In Crisis Business Development Manager. His role includes bid writing, creating successful business strategies, and project management. 

Gloria Middleton, Director

Gloria has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. In 2012 she was appointed as SCCG Armed Forces lead and is passionate about ensuring Military Families and Veterans receive the best possible care and support. She has introduced Armed Forces Champions into all Sunderland GP Practices as well as being the champion herself for SGPA extended access service. Gloria is committed to support and challenge Veterans in Crisis. Her role is ensuring the business is fit for purpose and processes and policies are in place.
Gloria Middleton

John Ford, Director

John has worked in Housing and Regeneration for over 30 years across the North East. Having worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors he hopes to use his experience in programme and project management and service development to help VICs to develop as a business and to continue to offer excellent support to veterans and their families.