Webinar Series – Experiences and Needs of UK Women Veterans

June 14, 2020

You are invited to join us for the next Webinar in the Series on Military Transition in 2020 developed by ASCN (New Zealand). In this Webinar we continue our discussion on the theme of Women Veterans by considering the topic of:

No Man’s Land – Experiences and Needs of UK Women Veterans.”


In this Webinar Tony Wright and Paula Edwards from the UK Charity Forward Assist will share key issues and insights from their recent research on the experiences and needs of Women Veterans in the UK.


Presenter: Tony Wright


Forward Assist

Paula Edwards

Women Veterans Project Lead

Forward Assist

Date:          Thursday 2nd of July 2020


New Zealand            8.00 am – 10.00 am (NZ) * (GMT +11 Hours)

Australia                    6.00 am Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane

The Netherlands     10.00 pm Amsterdam, Wednesday 1st of July

The UK                       9.00 pm London, Wednesday 1st of July

Canada                       4.00 pm Toronto, 1.00 pm Vancouver, Wednesday 1st of July

The USA                     4.00 pm New York, 1.00 pm Los Angeles, Wednesday 1st of July


There will be a one hour presentation followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask Tony and Paula questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.



To participate in this Webinar with Tony Wright and Paula Edwards Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online.

If you have any queries regarding the Webinars or Registration, Email the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at ascn.nz@gmail.com.



Tony Wright  is the Founder & Chief Executive of UK Charity Forward Assist which provides specialist support and guidance to former servicemen and women experiencing difficulties in transition and adjusting to a new life as a civilian.  He is a Registered Social Worker and has extensive experience in Child Safety, and the Criminal Justice System including working with veterans involved with the CJS.

Tony joined the Royal Marines in 1978 and was medically discharged in 1981 after seriously injuring his shoulder during training.  As an Early Service Leaver (ESL) he has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is for many former servicemen and women to transition and re-establish themselves back into the civilian community after discharge from the Armed Forces.

He is particularly supportive of those veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, Moral Injury or other difficulties relating to adjustment and assimilation.


Paula Edwards is the Women Veterans Project Lead at Forward Assist.  She is a qualified Mental Health Therapist with over 15 years’ clinical mental health experience across a variety of settings and joined the Forward Assist team in November 2017.

Paula leads the ‘Salute Her’ Program at Forward Assist.  This program is specifically designed to provide ‘gender specific’ mental health and support services for women veterans in the UK.

She also led Forward Assist’s research study “No Man’s Land” that explores the experience and needs of UK women veterans and was published in late 2019.




This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by ASCN (New Zealand) a Not For Profit organisation in collaboration with Veterans Affairs New Zealand, the NZ Defence Force and its partners in the each of the 5 Eyes Countries.

The Webinars in the Transition series are being presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from New Zealand allied countries including Canada, United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Robert Lippiatt from ASCN (Australia) will chair the Webinar series. Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and Veterans Forums

Each Webinar will cover the key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for the next set of Webinars in the series which will be continuing through the rest of 2020

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families