Meet The Team


Andy Spiers – Founder/Chairman

Andy served 13 years in the Royal Armoured Corps, he joined at 17 years of age in 1989.

Andy’s own experiences of poor mental health, desperation and destitution are all reasons behind why Once, We Were Soldiers was born.


Nicky Townsend – Co-Founder/Treasurer

Andy’s long term partner.  Nicky has first hand experience of PTSD and other mental health issues after supporting Andy throughout his own illness.

Outside of OWWS Nicky is self employed in the design field.

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Chris Meachem – Trustee/Volunteer Recruitment

Chris served 22 years in HM Armed Forces. During his career he was deployed to many different Theatre of Operations around the world including:  Germany, Northern Ireland, US, Bosnia, Kosovo, Poland, Canada, Cyprus & Iraq.

“I’ve joined the team at Once, We Were Soldiers to try and make a difference by helping as many homeless veterans as possible, as I understand how difficult it can be adjusting to civilian life after service life, especially whilst suffering from  PTSD.”

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Christina Hughes – Secretary


Ian Clayton – Media & Volunteers Representative


Lee Williamson – Street Patrol Team Leader