What does a career in Civilian Management look like?

Find your fit and transfer your military skills into a civilian role.

Join us as we continue to explore the realities of working as a manager in the civilian workplace. Learn from former officers and employers as they share their experience and insights gained from working in both the military and civilian workplace.

With speakers from operational, logistics and technology-focused organisations including tlmNexus, ArcadisVodafone and Atkinsthis seminar promises to deliver real insight into how your skills can transfer to a wide number of civilian roles.

This is an interactive, virtual seminar where you can put your questions directly to our speakers - making the session relevant to you and your career goals.

5 reasons to attend: 

  • Find out what management looks like in a civilian career setting
  • Understand the distinction between civilian and military management styles
  • Hear about the scale of projects and what is expected from you
  • Discover how you can kick-start your own civilian career
  • Find out what qualifications are needed or relevant

Details of how to join our virtual event will be sent out to all those registered prior to Wednesday 29th July.

Our Speakers

Adam Beadsmore left the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant in 1996. He began his civilian career specialising in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management, becoming an 'Association for Project Management Chartered Project Professional' in 2018.

Currently, Adam is a Project Delivery Director with Atkins. Focusing predominantly on Maritime Programmes, he has also delivered numerous large and complex projects in the Rail and Telecommunications industries. His previous roles have included; Project Manager, Programme Director, Head of Programme Management Office and Project Delivery Practice Director.

Tony Harris studied Air Transport Engineering at City University on an RAF university cadetship. During his 20 years' service as an engineering officer he gained extensive experience of the acquisition and engineering operations of a number of different fast-jet types, in Germany and in the UK. Tony acted as a reliability expert advising on requirements and programmes for a variety of air systems projects, and held an appointment as the Personal Staff Officer to the two-star Chief of Staff at RAF Logistics Command Headquarters.

On leaving the RAF, Tony established a management consultancy business and worked in the defence and rail industries, before joining forces with a software company in 2006 to form tlmNexus Ltd. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He chairs the Institution’s Airworthiness Technical Activities Committee.

Emma Wade studied Chemistry at the University of Salford. She held a number of roles at Railtrack and Shell before she completed a Shell sponsored CIPD qualification which launched her HR career.

Emma joined tlmNexus at the end of March 2020 as the Head of HR. She has a generalist HR background, with specialisms in employee and industrial relations and diversity and inclusiveness. She worked in various HR departments for Shell for five years, before spending three years at Northern Rail and five years at Royal Mail as an HR Business Partner, Head of HR and Head of Industrial Relations.

Ben Hawkins is an Associate Project Manager at Arcadis, working in the Property Sector from the Bristol Office. In his role, Ben manages projects and programmes both in the UK and around the world for public and private sector clients. A graduate of the Arcadis Programme Management Academy, Ben is the sector Digital Champion responsible for digitising the sector and the business.

Prior to joining Arcadis in 2017, Ben retired from the Royal Engineers as a Major. Whilst working at Staff, he gained the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), Agile and APMP (now APM PMQ) programme and project management qualifications, as well as an MSc in Battlespace Technology from Cranfield. Ben became a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (CEng MIET).

Kerry Sneddon has worked at Arcadis for 14 years. Kerry is the Early Years Programme Manager, responsible for leading the Early Years team that recruits all Graduates, Under Graduates, Apprentices and work experience candidates into the UK business. Prior to working for Arcadis Kerry had worked as an Office Manager for a facial animation company, who provided the animation for Grand Theft Auto and the Snowman. She also worked in the NHS for a number of years as an Executive Assistant.

Polly Cameron served in a variety of global roles for the Intelligence Corps for 21 years, and was fortunate to have been selected to command the Army’s Security Battalion. Prior to leaving the Army, Polly was the Senior Planning Officer attached to the Metropolitan Police overseeing security for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On leaving the Army, Polly worked on the Cyber Security team in Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the regional Chief Operating Officer. From there she was hired into Vodafone, where she has a global role in the Corporate Security team as Head of Security Strategy and Policy.

James McCaffery joined Nexus as the Head of Service Delivery nearly two years ago, after retiring from a 17 year service in the Army. He is responsible for all aspects of current operations on the Tyne and Wear Metro; the North East’s light rail rapid transit system. James ensures that the services perform to the highest standards at all times for the 100,000 passengers who travel on the Metro daily.

James commissioned into the Royal Artillery, and the pinnacle of his career was commanding 7 (Sphinx) Cdo Battery for three years in Arbroath, Scotland. A passionate advocate for personal development, James spent his last two years in the Army working with undergraduate students from the North East, developing their leadership, management and resilience skills.

James spent his resettlement focussing on programme management and business development. He has a master’s degree in Programme Management from Cranfield University and recently gained a Chartered Management Institute Level 8 Award in Strategic Direction and Leadership from the Manchester University Business School.

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