New Armed Forces Champion sets his sights on helping others
Just weeks into his new role as Armed Forces and Veterans Champion for West Oxfordshire, Cllr Nick Leverton is clear about his responsibilities.
He said: “The post is not for me to re-invent anything – it is to encourage people to use me as a conduit for the excellent services available to the armed forces including veterans and cadets.”
With an extensive military and political background as well as having lived in Carterton for more than 40 years, Cllr Leverton was the obvious choice to take over from fellow Carterton councillor Norman MacRae in the role of Armed Forces Champion.
He said: “Like Norman, I want to engage with all the groups and services available for veterans and serving personnel such as the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Help the Heroes to give them access to any help they may need.
“I will also personally talk to the cadets on issues such as mental health and finance and point them in the right direction. I want to ensure they receive everything that is due to them.”
Cllr Leverton’s extended family can proudly boast amassing hundreds of years of service in the armed forces since World War Two.
“At one time my mum, Dorothy, had six of her family serving as members of the armed forces. including my dad who served for 32 years and my brother for 50 years in the services and crown support departments,” he explained.
With his father Colin based with the RAF at Brize Norton, Cllr Leverton has lived in the area since 1976 and has been married for 40 years to Suzanne.