Thursday 22nd April 2021

10:00 - 16:00




Today’s job seekers are expected to be more agile, entrepreneurial and results-orientated than ever before. Covid-19 has exacerbated the demands on business, and employers respond by hiring those able to adapt and add value at every level.

Military expertise are shining right now but where do your skills fit in this emerging post Covid-19 marketplace? How do you get job-ready and use your experience to stand out as the candidate-to-hire?

If you’re thinking about transitioning or are already working in a civilian role, our Officer Employment Forum will give you the motivation and confidence to help move your career forward.

Join us and find out what employers like Elbit Systems and OpenReach want from their new hires. Discover what senior leaders and HR Directors expect from market trends in the next 12-months and learn more about the latest sectors hiring.

Let the OA help you succeed.

The day is designed around you, allowing you to dip in and out of the sessions most relevant to your current situation.

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:45 Keynote Presentation with Patricia Galloway, Senior VP, Group Human Resources DVB Bank SE
10:45 - 11:15 Executive Insights Panel with 3 industry experts
Emma Gregory, Head of the Academy Ambassadors Programme at New Schools Network
Chris Recchia, Partner, Deloitte
Ben Farrell, Partner and Head of Operational Support and Stock Flow, Waitrose & John Lewis
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Industry Insights with actively recruiting employers; Facebook, CGI, TechVets
Ben Edwards, Protective Intelligence Manager EMEA, Facebook
James Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, TechVets
12:30 - 12:45 OA Services 
12:45 - 13:30 Break
13:30 - 13:40 Keynote Presentation with our Headline Sponsor, Elbit
13:40 - 14:45 Transition Panel with former officers now in civilian employment
Andrew Clarke, Assured Cyber Protection
Tom Huckle, Marclay Associates
Oliver Holland, Alexander Mann Solutions
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 15:20 Keynote Presentation with Kevin Brady, HR Director at OpenReach
15:20 - 15:50 HR & Recruitment Panel
Kevin Brady, HR Director at OpenReach
Craig Ruff, Recruitment Manager at Jacobs
Simon Ware, Talent Acquisition Manger at Hiscox
15:50 - 16:00 OA Update, Questions & Close


Reasons to attend:

  • Gain practical, useable advice to find and secure that all-important first or second role
  • Know what employers are looking for from their top candidates
  • Learn about the latest job vacancies and register to use OA Recruit
  • Understand where 'my best fit' is within the civilian jobs market
  • Hear from those who have successfully walked in your shoes

Our speakers

Ben Edwards, Protective Intelligence Manager - EMEA, Facebook
Ben (Bungy) is a Royal Navy veteran and former Metropolitan Police Detective. He has been a mentor to veterans and Service leavers over the last 5 years, placing vets successfully into business. Ben was recognised in 2019 receiving the role model of the year award at the Ex-Armed Forces in Business Awards for his dedication and commitment to mentoring and supporting veterans and Service leavers.

Ben has a regional corporate security background and was formally responsible for European markets of both Ralph Lauren and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He now focusses on Protective Intelligence, managing a team of analysts responsible for identifying and mitigating threats and risks towards Facebook executives across EMEA. Ben’s sub role is a global co-lead for Facebook resource group Veterans@Facebook, responsible for shaping and developing internal mentorship programs for veterans hired into the business.


Chris Recchia, Senior Partner - Risk Advisory, Technology and Digital Risk, Deloitte LLP
Chris is a Yorkshireman who joined the Army aged 16 to see the world. He saw active service in 1990 during the first Gulf War when he was deployed with the Royal Artillery and on his return was promoted and graduated from Sandhurst in 1992 to join the Royal Artillery Commandos. His time as an officer saw multiple global deployments in both tactical and strategic roles, including combat operations working alongside the Special Forces.

After leaving the Army, Chris wanted to carve a different path and joined Andersons in February 2001 as a consultant. Throughout the last 20 years, Chris has held UK and Global executive roles at Deloitte. As a senior partner at Deloitte, he is responsible for leading global assurance and advisory engagements across a portfolio of complex client relationships within the Financial Services Sector.

Chris is passionate about his military connections, founding the Deloitte Military Transition and Talent Programme in 2012. He also leads a consortium of organisations that delivers the #veteranswork initiative, both of which help Service leaver’s transition from the military into UK PLC. Outside of Deloitte Chris is a Board member and trustee for a UK Military Charity.


Kevin Brady, HR Director, OpenReach
Kevin has been the Human Resources Director for Openreach since February 2016. Prior to this, he held a number of senior HR roles with BT and he has more than 20 years' experience in HR.

Openreach is responsible for delivering the critical telecommunications infrastructure which keeps all of the UK connected. With an annual turnover of more than £5b Openreach employs more than 35,000 people. The company is currently planning to invest more than £12b to upgrade its infrastructure to full-fibre to improve connectivity across the UK. Over the last 3 years, the company has recruited more than 10,000 new engineers and is currently the largest private sector employer of apprentices in the UK.


James Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, TechVets

James joined the Military in 2000, serving in Northern Ireland, Kenya and finally Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the Infantry, where he was wounded in action. James served the remainder of his 19 years service in intelligence developing the material personnel exploitation capability and providing integral support to UK Defence Engagement in East Asia, before serving in strategic intelligence support to global Joint Military operations.

Upon leaving the Military, James was responsible for the strategic direction of Threat Intelligence at Government Digital Service. Upon leaving the Military James was also committed to supporting the TechVets vision, supporting operational TechVets activities volunteering his time as the co-Lead of the London chapter. James joined TechVets in January 2020 as CEO, he also sits on the DMRC ADVANCED Study panel and is a leading voice within the Positive Transformation Initiative.


Emma Gregory, Head of Academy Ambassadors Programme, New Schools Network
In her role, Emma brings a vast amount of expertise in executive search; formerly working across the private sector in corporate recruitment roles for companies Penna, Siemens and Lumesse. Emma developed a deep understanding of education governance, volunteering as a Chair of Governors, leading Buckinghamshire Learning Trust’s Governor Development Programme for 3,000 governors across the region. She continues to volunteer in school and trust governance roles.


Tom Huckle, Director of Consultancy, Marclay
Tom is an experienced cyber security manager, qualified in cyber defence, cyber threat intelligence and incident response. An eight-year career in the UK Royal Marines led Tom to join Barclays Cyber Operations in the bank's Cyber Attack Monitoring team, before moving to lead Crucial's Cyber Academy where he trained over 150 individuals in a range of cyber disciplines.

He now leads Marclay Associates Consulting division that specialises in incident response, cyber investigations and outsourced-CISO services.


Ben Farrell, Partner and Head of Operational Support and Stock Flow, Waitrose & John Lewis
Commissioned into the Irish Guards, Ben Farrell held commands during the invasion of Iraq, in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He was awarded an MBE for his service in Kosovo. He commanded The Irish Guards between 2008-2010. He then held a variety of strategy roles in the Ministry of Defence for a number of years and led the team responsible for the day to day running of the British military operation in Iraq for two and a half years. He has a Master’s degree from Cranfield University.

Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership as Group Head of Operational Risk Management in 2011 and was responsible for developing the John Lewis Partnership’s resilience and awareness of future risks to successful trading. In February 2014 he took up his current role as Head of Operations for John Lewis.

Our Headline Sponsor, Elbit UK, are at the forefront of technological innovation within the Defence industry. As their presence in the UK grows, they want to recruit talented individuals to build a cohesive and diverse workforce across a wide range of areas.

Our associate sponsor, London Business School, are proud to have many students and alumni within its community who have served in militaries from around the world.

Their programmes can be an opportunity for veterans to gain a thorough academic grounding in fundamental business skills and acquire a powerful global network. This, combined with military experience and training makes veterans attractive candidates to employers who recruit LBS's students.

LBS are committed to increasing the number of military veterans on their programmes, with a scholarship offering for military candidates.

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