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Reserves Day 2016


CarillionAmey is proud to support Reserves Day, taking place on 8 September. To mark the occasion, we'd like to take the opportunity to celebrate the vital part Reserves play; in the military, in communities, and also in our workforce.

 

 

What do the Reserve Forces do?

The Reserves play an important role in our Armed Forces and, through their dedication and professionalism, they make an essential contribution to protecting the nation's security; both at home and overseas. Reservists serve in their spare time, balancing their civilian life with their military careers.

We're proud of our Reservist employees

At CarillionAmey, we employ several Reservists nationwide, and we're proud of the work they do. We recognise the brilliant transferable skills Reserves bring to the table from their military involvement; like leadership, project management and communications, and all of our Reserves work in roles where these skills can shine through.

As a repairs and maintenance company looking after Service family accommodation and military infrastructure up and down the country, our Reservist team members provide us with indispensable first-hand insight into what it's like to be a part of a military family and live in the Service family accommodation we repair and maintain. Many of our Reservists work in operational roles on the ground, where they are directly involved with helping military families on a one-to-one basis; their backgrounds providing a deep understanding of any issues our customers might be facing. Luke Smith, Performance Director (Operations) for CarillionAmey, explains how beneficial Reserves' skills can be: 'We gain enormous benefit from having Reservists in our business. Reservists help us understand the military environment, and the skills they gain in the Armed Forces are often relevant to our world too.'

Meet some of our Reservists

Douglas Graham - Accommodation Officer

 

Douglas Graham is a CarillionAmey Accommodation Officer based in Edinburgh and a Reservist who has first-hand experience of what it's like to serve in the Armed Forces. Dougie joined the Black Watch in 1979 as an Infantry soldier and completed 36 years as a Regular and Full Time Reserve soldier, serving in various countries throughout his career; including Germany, Scotland, England, Berlin, Hong Kong, Canada, Kenya. Dougie reached the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2, finishing as the Military Liaison Housing Officer at 51 Brigade.  Dougie now uses his background knowledge to help families living in Service family accommodation. 'I managed 150 soldiers and their families' welfare,' he explains. 'I am able to empathise and sympathise with military families, as I have moved over 10 times in my career and have encountered most of the problems that I have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I can speak to the military families in a language that they understand and I spend time with them, finding out what issues there are and dealing with them immediately.'

 

John Brabner - Senior Quantity Surveyor

John Brabner is a Senior Quantity Surveyor at CarillionAmey, and also a Reservist: 'In my 'weekend job' I serve as a flying instructor with one of the Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (VGS) located around the UK, mainly on Ministry of Defence sites looked after by CarillonAmey.' John's knowledge of the RAF gained from his Reservist role has helped him in his full-time role at CarillionAmey, where he manages the costs for building projects: 'Inside knowledge of the RAF has given me an insight into the operational and practical needs of the military customer, and an appreciation of the impact of our work on both the service task and individual service personnel.'

 

Mick Harris - Operational Relations Manager

Mick Harris is a CarillionAmey Operational Relations Manager working across the South West and South East of England. He is an Ex-Regular in the Royal Navy with 38 years' service, and now has Reserve Liability. Mick says his Armed Forces experience gives him 'a deep understanding of the military's requirements (like operational outputs, etc), from a unit command perspective.'

 

Bethany - Administrator

Bethany is a Royal Navy Reservist and an Administrator at CarillionAmey. Bethany has been a Reserve since the age of 16 and has described her experiences as a Reservist as some of the 'best and most exhilarating' of her life. Being a Reserve has given her a host of transferable skills: 'All my experiences from being a Reservist has helped with my role within CarillionAmey. Being a Reservist has given me confidence to be able to answer phone calls, speak out in front of others, which I am required to do every day in my role as a CarillionAmey administrator.'

 

Daryl Lamb - Fraud and Security Manager

Daryl Lamb is an ex-Regular who has Reserve Liabilities. He is also a Fraud and Security Manager at CarillionAmey. Daryl uses his Armed Forces background to assist him in his CarillionAmey role: 'I have an understanding of how the military lifestyle works and how it can be utilised to assist contract delivery.'  

 

Iain Ballantyne - Area Delivery Manager

 

Iain Ballantyne, one of our Area Delivery Managers, is a Reservist who is currently spending a year out of CarillionAmey, working for the RAF. He says: 'In my civilian employment I'm the Area Delivery Manager for Area 11 on housing. However, I was mobilised into my RAF Reservist role on 1 April, supporting current operations. CarillionAmey have been amazing at supporting my deployment, especially given how busy they are. I'm kept up to date by my old colleagues, and my Regional Manager and interim replacement have visited me at my temporary place of work in the RAF to see what I do, and to check on my welfare.' Iain says there are some similarities between his CarillionAmey and RAF roles: 'Although on the face of it my two jobs are very different, there is a lot of crossover between them. Some things are the same, including a multitude of conference calls, demanding customers and tight time scales. The CA work ethic, and the way we conduct our business was good preparation for my year away in the military.'

 

Joining the Reserves Forces

Joining the Reserves Forces gives you the opportunity to enjoy some extraordinary and exciting new experiences that you wouldn't get in your day-to-day life or work. To find out more about the Reserves or to find out how to become a member, visit:

www.army.mod.uk/reserve

www.royalnavy.mod.uk/rnr

www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/lifestyle-benefits/life-as-a-reserve/