FORMER Army nurse Annette Berry, from West Somerset, has been shortlisted for the Champion of Women award at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, a celebration of veterans in second careers.

Her nomination recognises her work supporting ex-military women find fulfilling civilian careers.

Annette spent 13 years in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps before undertaking a career in recruitment and development roles across the public, commercial and third sectors.

She is now military women employment advisor at RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, offering support such as CV development, interview technique, career coaching and counselling to help ex-Servicewomen with their careers.

Since starting the role in January 2020, she has helped more than 200 ex-Servicewomen towards securing meaningful employment.

Annette said: “Having metaphorically walked in the boots and heels of my clients, I understand the issues facing military women who are returning to careers or changing direction and I support, enable and empower them in finding the perfect job.

"It is a complete surprise to have been nominated for this award and a real honour. After all, I’m just doing my job.”

Claire Gratton, who served for 22 years in the RAF, received Annette’s support in helping find secure employment.

She said: "Annette has helped me rediscover my worth again professionally.

"I felt at ease immediately and our first contact phone call lasted for over an hour.

"By the end of the call, I was in no doubt I had made the right choice by enquiring about the Military Women Programme.

"Annette has the ability to connect with you in a way no pure civvy advisor ever could, part big sister, part friend, part comrade, she will help you see your value and give you the mentorship to realise your skill set."

This year’s awards shortlist features the second-career achievements of more than 180 veterans and reservists, whittled down from 600 nominations.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the InterContinental London on December 2.

More than 1,000 business and military leaders will attend and among the guest speakers will be double Olympic rowing champion Major Heather Stanning.