Who We Are 

Veterans Legal Link was established in 2015 by project founder Dr Ola Olusanya to address the legal advice deficit in Wales. The project is run in partnership with Aberystwyth University and invites lawyers and students to assist veterans and their families in receiving free legal advice. 

Dr. Ola Olusanya   Project Founder and Director

Ola is involved in various capacities with Veterans, including: As an Elected Board Member of the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant Strategic Board (CAFCCB); Principal Investigator (£10,000) Veterans Oral History Project (VOHP), a Heritage Lottery funded project; Member of the Governance & Steering Panel UK Veterans Research Hub; Member of the Governance Board of the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University; Member Three Counties Advocacy Strategy Group, West Wales Mental Health Voluntary Sector Ex Service Personnel Network; Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin's Veterans and Families Institute; Founding Member of the Veterans Education Training Evaluation Research and Audit Network. He developed the first live client based multidisciplinary clinical legal education module in the UK with a strong community service focus and a focus on supporting ex-Service personnel: The Law and Social Justice in Practice module  https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/modules/deptfuture/?m=LA36620  and he developed  a stress and life course framework for understanding risk factors for combat-related PTSD among Veterans: The Cumulative Stress Model (CSM). This is evident in his article entitled ‘Toward an Integrated Theoretical Model of Risk Factors for Post-Deployment PTSD and its Implications for Justice-Involved Veterans' Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, vol 22 , no. 6 , pp. 690-706. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10911359.2012.664983

Victoria J Knapp   Project Manager

Victoria is a current PhD (law) candidate of Aberystwyth University. Victoria's primary interests are contentious family and civil litigation, complex child cases and access to justice in Wales.

Steering Committee Members 

Dr. Ola Olusanya   Project Founder and Director, Aberystwyth University Law School

Victoria J Knapp   Project Manager. Aberystwyth University Law School

Matt Fossey  Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University 

Peter Evans   Royal British Legion 

Shon Devey   West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH)

Paul Hinge   Citizens Advice

Simon Frith   ChangeStep Cymru

Jo Petty   Veterans Legal Link 

Elfyn Llwyd   Barrister, Whitehall Chambers