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.

Sam Neil, Veterans Not Forgotten Co-Ordinator

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.

Claire Lawton, Office 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


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 goes from strength to strength and is now mentoring 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.

Gloria Middleton

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.

Paul McLoughlin, Business Development Manager

Paul is an Army veteran and recently joined the team as the Business Development Manager. He is role includes bid writing, creating successful business strategy and project management.


John Sargent

John Sargent, Director

John is a social entrepreneur with a passionate interest in the role that social business can play in addressing the social challenges in our society. He established his own social enterprise, The Ideas Mine, in 2004 and works primarily in the North East and North Yorkshire.