Put Down The Gun Pick Up A Flower!

Excellent, I love it. Keep up the good work, guys. Entertaining & informative.

Jonny Guy Lewis - Actor/Writer

The Creative Team

Our mission is to highlight veterans achievements & share their brilliant stories.

Neil 'Taff' Davies

Host Researcher Producer

Neil Davies was thrown out of Secondary Modern School at the age of 14, with a certificate stating this boy has left school with no qualifications. Neil joined the Parachute Regiment on his 17th birthday, by the age of 19 he'd served on active service in the Middle East and North Africa.

He left the army with physical injuries and PTSD and flitted aimlessly from country to country, continent to continent, and job to job; as a logger, steelworker, fishing boats, building worker, rank & file union organiser, out-door pursuits instructor and lecturer.

Neil broke into the film industry as a driver and worked his way up, doing all the jobs and eventually became an award-winning Filmmaker. The best documentary of the year award for "Raw Spice" - ITV and the huge success of series; "Nights at the Empire" - Channel Four, "Inside RAF Brize Norton" - Sky One, "The Hunt" – BBC and feature film Dog City.

Shaun 'Johno ' Johnson

Host Researcher Producer

Shaun Johnson is a former British soldier and served 12 years between a Combat Regiment and a Mounted Ceremonial Horse Troop. Shaun is now an Actor/Writer/Producer. Recent credits include Grantchester 5 ITV (2020), Soldier On, The Other Palace Theatre, London. voted The Guardian readers favourite theatre 2018.

Other acting credits include playing Richard, Richard III, RSC Swan and Leicester Square Theatre, Angelo, The Comedy of Errors, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington DC USA - Spotlight CV here: 

Shaun wrote and performed Mind Frag at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse Shakespeare's Globe London, and currently, he is co-writing and will be directing a short film trailer intended for a West End play.

Shaun has appeared on television, radio, and in several national newspapers talking about his mental health challenges to raise awareness about mental health after leaving the military family. 

In between the arts, Shaun spends his time at The Poppy Factory as an Employment Coordinator, helping injured veterans get back into work     

Neil Evans

Content Editor Developer Cameraman

Neil Evans is a freelance filmmaker and specialises in making bespoke cinematic promotional video for companies, organisations and events.

​Neil believes that story is the most important element in video production. Having an engaging narrative creates videos people genuinely enjoy and which stay with them long after watching. 

Neil has seven years of industry experience creating promo video content across the United Kingdom and Europe.

Craig 'Mannie' McDiarmid

Veterans' Affairs International

Craig McDiarmid retired from the British Army in 1997. He served for five years in 19 Field Regiment Royal Artillery as an OP and a further three years as a Specialist Arms Explosive Search Dog Handler with 3 Brigade Specialist Dog Unit in South Armagh, Northern Ireland.

After leaving the Army, Craig got employed within the security sector in London, and in 2000 moved to Scotland to continue this career path. In 2002, Craig took on the role as an Aid Worker for the Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Somaliland, where he was employed as a consultant to locate land mines using Mine Detection Dogs. A short while later, Craig went into full employment with DDG as a Technical Advisor and moved further up the ladder to Operations Manager, Programme Manager, Country Director for several humanitarian organisations such as Dan Church Aid (DCA) and Norwegians People’s Aid (NPA). Craig is currently working for NPA as an Operations Manager in East Africa.

During nearly 20 years of humanitarian work, Craig got deployed to Somaliland, Puntland, Somalia, Lebanon, Angola, South Sudan, North Sudan, Vietnam and Turkey/Syria.

Craig joined the On Parade team in August 2021.

Colin Gotts

Content Editor Developer

Dai4Films Series Producer is a former Fire Fighter, who went on to lead the famous ‘Lost White City’ Raleigh International expedition in the unexplored rainforest of Honduras. Colin built a career as a professional photographer and Art Director with over 25 years of experience in the film, media & advertising industry. An experienced and talented series producer with a huge passion for human stories and documentary film, a diverse range of subjects from the British Military to Professional Boxing and Stand-up comedy.

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