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Gary Stockton 
FOUNDER & CEO 

SAWRA (Hope) Village  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Susan Stockton 
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 
Susan has spent 30 years within the military environment so she fully understands the lifestyle and commitments of the Armed Forces. Susan has been married to a serving soldier for the past 30 years and spent 22 years travelling the globe, experiencing both the good times and the hard times. It is not easy being the spouse or a family member of someone that has served their country, we owe so much to our Armed Forces families.  
 
Susan brings so much to our organisation, with a wealth of understanding, a compassionate and sensible approach to identifying the priority needs of our veterans and families makes her a valued member of our team.  
 
Having spent over 20 years working within the care industry, Susan has experienced more than many. Susan has four children, nine grandchildren and many adopted veterans, she is a natural and we are so lucky to have her on board. 
 
 
 
 
 
Debbie Thomas 
SECRETARY  
Debbie has worked in various roles over a period of 25 years, covering accounting for family and local businesses through to logistics roles including working as community Landlady within an armed forces environment. For the past twelve years she has worked in the care industry for the social services. 
 
 
 
As a close family friend and a focused community person she is dedicated to helping others. Debbie has a passion for working with horses, this stems from her childhood days where she owned her own horse and took part in regular horse-riding activity days. Debbie now joins us as our secretary and we are all very fortunate to have her on our team at this early stage of our journey. 
 
Ian Haydon 
PROJECT DIRECTOR 
Ian is a resilient, dedicated and self-motivated individual with proven outstanding leadership and management skills developed over a highly successful 15 years in British Army and in the international security sector, he worked operationally worldwide most notably in UK, Europe, Middle east, Africa and North America, Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia. Ian has well-rounded experience in Close Protection, Security and Intelligence.  
 
Throughout this period he has developed a wide range of skills including Teaching, Mentoring, Liaison, Project Management and Specialist Communications.  
 
During his military career he sustained a loss of limb injury and over a period of 3 years has gone through the recovery process. Ian truly understands the hardships and difficulties across the entire spectrum of getting your life back on track, he is an inspiration to our team and all those he meets. We are very fortunate to have Ian on our team.  
 
 
Chelsea Stockton 
PROJECT VOLUNTEER 
Chelsea has grown up within the military community and fully understands the life of being the child of a serving member. She is the daughter of Gary & Sue Stockton and it is because of Chelsea that we first became involved in supporting the homeless people of ESSEX. Three years previous she got the family involved in collecting warm clothing to distribute to the homeless people of Colchester. The response that we had in the first year was amazing however during the second year we received clothing contributions from UK businesses, family and friends which took the level of support to a different scale.  
 
It was during those years that we got to meet and know many of the homeless by first name terms and it was clear that there was a number of veterans that had fallen on hard times. From this experience coupled with a few ideas and meeting other like minded people Phoenix Heroes was formed. Chelsea is a mother of two and has worked in retail for the past six years. She has a passion for helping others that are less fortunate and we are so proud to have her with us on this journey.  
 
 
Charlie Wise 
PROJECT VOLUNTEER 
Charlie served in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment (the vikings). During his service he spent half his time in a Rifle Company and the other half in HQ Coy, he is now a civilian working as a spray foam operator. 
Charlie is a family friend, we watched him grow up, join the Army and now we are very pleased that he has offered his support to Phoenix Heroes. It is great to have a younger veteran on the team, swing the light and exchange now and then stories like us old veterans tend to do. The team dynamics is buzzing!  
 
 
 
Darren Milsom 
CARP FISHING TUTOR 
We have known Darren for 20 years and met in 1997 whilst serving together in the Army. Darren has been Carp Angling for 25 years and his UK personal best catch is 38lb common as shown in the picture.  
In 1999, Darren and Gary fished together in an Army competition in France and we won almost every trophy on show. He is an exceptional Carp Angler and a good friend. We are very pleased that he has offered his skills, time and expertise to help during any planned fishing trips.  
 
 
 
Tracy Morris 
OUR PATRON 
Tracy has helped us straight from the beginning, he is a successful businessmen and adds that professional approach to our organisation. More importantly he has become a very good friend, nothing is too much trouble for Tracy, he adds value to everything that we are trying to achieve.  
 
We are very proud to have Tracy as our Patron, one of the most loyal, genuine and trustworthy individuals that we have met. His support to us throughout our early stages has been nothing but remarkable. 
 
 
Mark "Billy" Billingham 
OUR AMBASSADOR 
 
Mark joined the Parachute Regiment in 1983 and served until 1991 holding an array of positions including: Patrol Commander for operational tours in many worldwide locations and also served as a training instructor for the Regiments as a military specialist. Billy joined the SAS in 1991 as a Mountain Troop specialist and has been responsible for planning and executing strategic operations and training at the highest level in numerous locations (Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and Africa) and has lead countless hostage rescues. 
 
Billy is a certified SF and Counter Terrorist Sniper Instructor, Advanced Evasive Driving Instructor, Tracking/Jungle Warfare/Navigation Instructor, Demolition/Sabotage Instructor, Ski Mountaineering/Rock Climbing/Abseiling/Ice climbing Instructor, Combat Survival/RTI Instructor, Counter Terrorist Instructor (all options) and has worked as a Patrol Medic/Trauma Life Support agent for 5 hospital attachments. 
 
After his military career, Billy became a bodyguard and looked after people such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sir Michael Caine, Jude Law, Hulk Hogan, Kate Moss, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise. 
 
Billy is currently working on his UK speaking tour amongst other ventures, we are all very proud and delighted that Billy is our Ambassador, he is a great man and a true veteran! 
 
 
Brenda O`Sullivan 
PROJECT VOLUNTEER 
 
 
 
Twilight 
VOLUNTEER 
Meet twilight the barn owl. Twilight joined us at 10 days old and immediately become a much loved and very funny member of our family. Twilights favourite games to play are hunting the tea towels from the kitchen or stealing the fluffy socks from the linen basket and hiding them in her box, she enjoys a game of football with rolled up paper balls a frequent bath in the kitchen sink and if it’s to cold out will willingly spread her wings out for me to hair dry her feathers for her.  
Twilight is a very loving owl who spends many hours putting smiles on faces, especially when a smile and words are something some people struggle to find. When at rest she is happy to sit and watch an episode or three of meerkat mountain and snuggle with her favourite teddy which she has had since she was ten days old. 
 
 
 
Worzel 
VOLUNTEER 
Meet our newest member of the family- Worzel, our African eagle owl. 
Worzel joined us 2 months ago and has already settled into his new home very well. He got the name worzel because of his ever changing character, you never know what your gonna get. You may be treated with a polite perch on the hand and hello or simply get ignored and he turns his back to you and a swift bite if pushed too far but one thing you can rely on worzel for is he is a pro at flying displays and loves to be looked at and admired, as long as you are respectful and do not touch its a clear understanding with worzel he is an owl and not a pet so do not pet. 
But even with his hard raptor personality he can always surprise you when in the mood to fly down and sit on my knee for an hour or two and allow an odd stroke or will even extend a wing around my shoulder to show he does have a loving side. Easiest way to sum up worzel is everything and anything is possible but sticky on his terms. 
 
 

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