Anthony Knight MBE, KJ

Veterans Community Worker South-East England and FWP Grants Manager


Anthony is a former Royal Navy Warfare Officer with 28 years’ service. His military career includes nine ships and time with the Royal Canadian Navy and NATO’s Southern Region Command. He holds five campaign medals and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Year’s Honours list.

Anthony identifies with the LGBT+ community as a parent of a gay child. Military retirement in 2008 provided him with an opportunity to retrain as a Psychotherapist and he holds mental health qualifications as both an Advanced and Senior Practitioner. He brings in-depth knowledge of Health and Social Care matters to FWP and looks to help veterans seeking support through the NHS OP Courage programme. Anthony is a student of Positive Psychology and advocate of positivity, creativity, and development of character strengths. He has also supported veterans in the Justice System as a McKenzie Friend.

He is Vice-Chairperson of Healthwatch Portsmouth and is an Ambassador for the City of Portsmouth. He was awarded an Order of Merit by the International Society for Peace Work (IGFVT) for mental health support to veterans during the Covid-19 pandemic and was made a Knight of the Order of St. Joachim (OSJ) for his charity and volunteer work that stretches back over 45 years. He was presented with the OSJ Benefactor Silver Medal in September 2023.

Anthony is married and lives in Portsmouth. He is an avid rugby union fan and is currently learning to play the harmonica: Part of his own positivity and creativity programme!

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