ESVH 99/100 Group Team
Bernard Stonestreet is Executive Secretary and Founder of EVSH.
He joined the Royal Marines in 1960 as a Junior Marine and promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant in 1973. He transferred to the Royal Corps of Transport in 1975, retiring as Major in 1984 having served in the Far East, Middle East, Europe and Northern Ireland. Following this career, he spent three years with the TA.
His civilian career involved PR, political and industrial representation, journalism, business management and recycling, being a director of a reverse vending company since 2005.
After moving to St Leonards on Sea. He spent 18 months as volunteer chairman of a 10,000 household, community forum for one of the deprived areas in the UK (2002/2004). During 2009 to 2019 he was a SAFFA divisional secretary, caseworker and prison in reach volunteer for HMP Lewes.
Being involved in the Royal Marines ‘TRiM for Veterans’ programme in 2013, becoming a TRIM instructor/Supervisor, and witnessing how difficult it was for veterans with mental health issues, to get adequate support on engagement, from many agencies, that he focused his interests on developing a facility in East Sussex, to ‘fill the gap’. He is also a Mental Health First Aid (England) Instructor and Champion for Armed Forces Network Sussex.
He received the Sussex Armed Forces Network Charity Award in 2016 and in December 2019 the Prime Minister’s ‘Points of Light’ Award for services to veterans.