Who we are

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We carry out research, policy development and consultation on the impact of military service on veterans and their families. Our world-leading research and evaluation informs and improves the wellbeing of veterans, service personnel and their families.

About us

Since our inception, we've published reports and academic papers relating to both commissioned research and to areas of specific research interest.

Our research team has a growing domestic and international profile and is involved in NATO research on military to civilian transition, and sexual violence, as well as collaborative work with universities from the Netherlands, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

We're represented on a number of national expert groups including the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) cluster groups on Criminal Justice, Foreign and Commonwealth Personnel & Families and Research, as well as the NHS England Veterans Mental Health Round Table Group.

Our people

View the full list of VFI staff.
Find out more about Abigail and her research

Meet Abigail Wood

VFI Research Assistant Abigail Wood talks about her work and why she enjoys working at the VFI

Find out more about Nick's work

Meet Nick Caddick

VFI Research Fellow Nick Caddick talks about his research and the importance of narrative

Our Advisory Board

We harness the views of associated professionals, organisations and researchers to assist us in maintaining a strategic direction that supports our mission for evidence to support veterans and their families.

Our Chairman

Chris Parkhouse DL FIoD FRSA FISMM is the Chairman of the VFI Advisory Board. Chris is a businessman who founded the Deyton Bell Group of Companies in 2005. Since then has led the growth of the business, originally as Managing Director and now as Chairman.

He spent the first 25 years of his career with high profile organisations such as Santander and Virgin. He ultimately operated internationally, managing businesses active in 80 countries in roles such as Corporate Sales Director and Director of Strategic Alliances.

Chris is a Senior Visiting Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development. He is proud to be Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.