We welcome Phil Thompson as the new Manager at Avondale House in June 2019.

A veteran himself, Phil served in the Army for 31 years.

Phil Thompson joined the Army as a junior soldier at 16 and then rose through the ranks to become a commissioned officer in 2002, having served on all operations since Northern Ireland. In 2004 Phil was awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service. In May 2010 after 31 years' service Phil left the Regular Army and then, took up a new career in supporting veterans who were homeless or experiencing difficult times. Phil has managed a number of veterans' supported accommodation schemes throughout the North East, building on trusted partnership working with multiple organisations who best support our ex-servicemen and women. Phil recently was awarded the Middlesbrough Civic Community Award for improving employment opportunities for residents.

 He says:  “I am looking forward to joining Launchpad and working with the team and residents at Avondale House to build upon an already well-established service”