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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 MANAGER 
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, Joined 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 businessman 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 Lees 
PSYCHOLOGY SUPPORT 
 
Mark graduated from Manchester University with an Honours degree in Psychology; with specialist interest in Criminology and Occupational Psychology. With operational experience from policing the inner city of Manchester; his career includes experience from operational and strategic leadership in all key social agencies and is qualified to manage residential social care provision. This combined experience is extremely rare within specialists of Social Inclusion. 
 
Having developed knowledge and experience across the key agencies within inclusion, Mark has established Protocol and Service Level Agreements with South West Prisons and Probation Areas. He has graduated from a National Leadership Development Programme, worked in partnership with civil servants and politicians at Cabinet Level. He has also attended the House of Lords. 
 
 
Big Phil Campion 
OUR AMBASSADOR 
Welcome to my world. I’m Phil Campion, a 47 year old retired SAS trooper who has been around, more than a little bit. Adopted from birth, I was brought up in Southampton where it all started to go wrong from an early age. My old man vanished and the old lady went round the bend looking after my sister and I. Not managing to contain my behaviour I was expelled from every school I went to and I ended up living in a bedsit at the age of fifteen whilst working on a youth training scheme. Then came the biggest turning point of my life; joining the British Army, aged 17. I absolutely loved it. I was cap badged as a Royal Hampshire and was soon doing belt fed trips of Northern Ireland. I then managed to pass the All Arms Commando course with the Royal Marines as well as the rigorous P Company course. 
 
When we were amalgamated into the PWRR I decided it was time I made a move into the big leagues and have a bash at selection. I passed on my first attempt and joined D Squadron, 22 SAS. 
 
After five years and a few operations under my belt, I moved on. By this time I’d had a few encounters with the ‘head shed’ and was being offered big money on the outside. I left in 2001 and went straight to Afghanistan for three years on the circuit. From there I went to Iraq, Israel and on to Gaza. After I had done The Middle East to death (not literally), I went to Africa. 
 
I operated in the gold mines of the west to the oil fields of Sudan before piracy kicked off and I started riding the waves through the pirate waters of Goa and the Indian Ocean. To make ends meet between the trips I would work as a bodyguard for various celebrities and I even invented a digital dogtag for both military and civilian applications called UTAG. 
 
Nowadays I’m writing books, presenting TV and making my way round a different circuit; after dinner speaking. However, my past always seems to catch up with me – my first documentary for Sky had me on the frontline, head-to-head in a firefight. 
Oh well, you reap what you sow. 
 
 
 
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! 
 
 
John Thomson 
FILM PRODUCER 
I'm a freelance filmmaker and owner of Greatful Productions. 
 
I produce all types of films which are featured on business/corporate websites - including NHS Trusts - and they vary from short productions to half hour documentaries. My clients tend to use my work on their home pages to promote their own expertise, as well as screen them at conferences. 
 
I script, produce, direct, shoot and edit everything myself. My productions are broadcast quality, courtesy of my fourteen years experience as a journalist/producer/director with Scottish Television (ITV) in Glasgow. 
 
My skill set allows me to produce all aspects of production on my own and ensuring all of my clients receive the best production is paramount to me. 
 
I have a keen and personal interest in working with addiction recovery and mental health organisations. This is courtesy of my own experience of recovering from alcoholism. So as a filmmaker - this subject matter is one I know on a deeply personal level and I've written about it too. I am very proud to support Phoenix Heroes and looking forward to helping them on their journey.  
 
I'm based in the south west of England, but filming is taking place all over the UK. 
 
 
Anthony Stephen Malone 
REGIONAL COORDINATOR 
 
Military Veteran 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment. International Advocate for British and American Veterans. Author of four books, Including, Honour Bound, Rogue Warrior and United Nations Arts Initiative "Faces of Hope". Professional Photographer. Work published Including; Times, Telegraph, CNN, Sky, Mail on Sunday, CAS, American Military and United Nations. 28 Years of military and humanitarian experience operating across the Far-East, Africa and Middle-East (Including, Singapore, South Africa, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Field Of Study, Special, Irregular and Counter-terrorist Operations, Middle-East studies & History. 
 
Activities and Societies: Represented my county in Cross Country Running, Kickboxing & Martial Arts (25+ awards). UKLF Silver skiing medal. Equestrian Silver rating. 
 
Senior close protection officer/team leader for VIPs Including Heads of State, Foreign Speaker of Parliament, Celebrities. 
Cultural understanding/Middle-East, Afghanistan & Far-East Hostile environment trainer (Senior instructor) for Journalists, NGOs, Governments and International VIPs. 
 
Technical specialist military adviser to TV documentaries International movie production, Britain and America. 
 
 
Brenda O`Sullivan 
PROJECT ENTERTAINER 
 
 
 
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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