Meet the team

Meet the team


Our dedicated and friendly team are here to offer guidance to officers and their families, with advice on ways to access financial assistance and practical support. 

Nahid Malik

Head of Grants and Welfare

Nahid holds a BSc (Hons) Social Science and a MA in Housing. She has gained over 25 years of experience in welfare and the support sector in various roles in Local Government and at Haig Housing Trust helping veterans. 

Nahid joined the OA in 2006, taking on the operations of the department in 2011. Her primary focus is supporting officers and their families. 


Grants & Welfare Manager

Bridget worked as Deputy Manager for SSAFA’s Stepping Stone Scheme before joining The Royal British Legion Grants Team, moving onto the Specialist Disability Team as Disability Coordinator and finally National Lead for Independent Living. 

Bridget joined the OA in 2016 as Grant’s & Welfare Manager and recently took over the additional role of OA Honorary Representative Support Manager. 


Grants & Welfare Manager

Having graduated from The University of Kent, Rose worked for Westminster Social Services and national charity, Turn2us. Rose later moved to the Grants team at Macmillan Cancer Support, working with Macmillan Nurses and the press to raise awareness of the charity’s support services. 

Rose has a keen interest in the science of behaviour and mind and enjoys supporting people in her role as Grants and Welfare Manager at the OA. 


Grants & Welfare Co-Ordinator

Before joining the OA as a Grants & Welfare Coordinator in 1997, Vajira worked in the employment sector of a career consultancy firm.

She works closely with the OA’s Honorary Representatives and the Grants and Welfare Managers, and enjoys dancing in her leisure time to keep fit.


Grants & Welfare Manager

Leona studied for a degree in Business and Law. She spent 10 years at the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea Council and taking on various positions within Housing and Health services. 

Leona has worked for the OA for four years and remains passionate about supporting people when they need it most.


Grants & Welfare Co-Ordinator

Amanda is a Grants and Welfare Coordinator with years of experience in administration. She worked as an Admin Assistant for the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) before joining the team in June 2005. 

Amanda works closely with our Grants and Welfare Managers and enjoys engaging with beneficiaries and Honorary Representatives. 


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