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Veterans Association UK 

Veterans Fighting for Veterans Rights

Registered Charity 1164219

our Board of Directors

Tony Hayes - Chief Executive Officer

Tony (Hannibal) Hayes is a former Horse Gunner, who served with 1st Regt. Royal Horse Artillery from January 1973 until November 1976, then spent four years with Regular Reserves, serving with the South Notts. Hussars.  He completed two tours of duty in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1974 and in 1976 while the Regiment was based in Detmold. Tony served as a driver/radio operator with TAC HQ with both 4 Div and 2 Div, part of 20th Armoured Brigade, driving a 432 AFV and radio operator/artillery Intelligence op.  Tony is a qualified Teacher (PTLLS 3) (ULR2) a qualified counsellor (IAG3) Qualified Vocational Achievement Assessor and a  qualified suicide interventionist (ASIST).

Tony Roath - Managing Director

Tony served as a reserve with the 5th Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, followed by service as a regular with the Royal Pioneers. 

Now working for the NHS, as a Mental Health Care Assistant, Tony is also a counsellor and suicide intervention officer and trainer (ASIST) and also Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trained.  



Denis Simpson  - Secretary

Denis is a former Sgt in the Royal Signals and served for 16 years.

Denis has been a volunteer with the VAUK  for 5 years and  is also a very experienced caseworker. 

Liz Hayes - Treasurer

Liz has been a member of the VAUK from the very first day.  Liz worked in the private financial sector for many years and currently works for the DWP Pensions section as a Pension Advisor.


Ralph Curr - Medical advisor

Surgeon Rear Admiral Ralph Curr RN joined the VAUK board as a Medical Advisor in 2011, Ralph a top clinician regarding PTSD Issues, he was head of Naval Medicine Gulf War 2.


Robby Astick - Financial Director

Robby joined the Board of the VAUK in February 2016, Robby had helped the VAUK obtain its charity status, we are very pleased he accepted the position of Financial Director with us, Robby is a very experienced fund raiser and has helped a number of organisations obtain funding and has connections in many places throughout the UK and beyond.