Events The Benefits of Partnering with Defence


The Benefits of Partnering with Defence

There are many ways in which supporting Defence can help your organisation become stronger and more successful. Have you ever considered hiring a Reservist and utilising their extensive transferable skills?

The Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Kristina Carrington will discuss how Reserve service delivers world-class training and development opportunities benefitting both employer and employee. Military trained personnel are fit, focused and positive with a can-do attitude. Many have operated in locations and situations that require sound judgement, leadership, teamwork, adaptability, loyalty, integrity and courage.

Kristina will join Colonel Leona Barr-Jones, IoD Ambassador for the Armed Forces, to introduce the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Signing this pledge is the first meaningful step employers can take in partnering with Defence. As the relationship progresses, the Ministry of Defence rewards and acknowledges the outstanding support employers offer to the Defence Community.

The Employer Recognition Scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces Community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.

If you’re ready to join some of the most dynamic organisations in the UK who are already enjoying relationships with Defence, start your journey with this webinar.

The webinar will take place virtually on Zoom. Once you have registered to join, you will be sent a link to connect and to add to your diary prior to the meeting.

Session guidelines:

* Please arrive five minutes prior to the session start time for introductions
* Please ensure your video feed is on during the session


Key details

Date & time: 09 Jul 2020 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Online webinar, Online

Prices  0.00 GBP + VAT


Kristina Carrington has worked on behalf of the Ministry of Defence for ten years delivering employer engagement in the East of England and is responsible for delivering a coherent engagement programme aimed at establishing enduring relationships with employers and employer organisations in order to raise awareness of Defence’s People Agenda. 

The basis for Defence’s relationship with private and public sector employers is the Armed Forces Covenant, a voluntary pledge of support to Defence People that may include support for the employment of veterans, reservists, spouses or cadet force adult volunteers. 

Leona Barr-Jones has spent over 30 years in the Military, 21 years as a Regular Army Officer serving in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and South Africa. She has worked with the Royal Artillery and Royal Signals and in Personnel and Training policy and command roles including Army HQ and 5 years in MoD Head Office working on Strategy and Defence Diplomacy and International Policy and Planning.  Leona has served for the last 9 years in the Army Reserve and she is Colonel Commandant of Essex Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Leona has experience in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management, the highlight of this was working with TfL and ODA as the Programme Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Transport Operational Readiness and Testing Programme. She is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Focus7 International Ltd, a multi-award winning brand-led business growth agency offering strategic, creative and digital solutions that seriously turn heads.

As well as a Fellow of IoD, Leona is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), holding CMI Level 7 & 8 Leadership and Management qualifications. Leona is our IoD East Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion and the Armed Forces and is the IoD Director of the Year for Inclusivity.

The event will start on: Thu 9 Jul 2020 - 11:30am

From 11:30am ending at 12:30pm

Venue: Online

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