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Wednesday 25th November 2020

10:00 - 16:00




Discover what is happening in the jobs market, connect with employers and recruitment experts, and succeed in driving your career forward…

It is vital you know what is happening in today's job market before you make your next career decision.

This event aims to provide you with an insight into what is happening across the civilian jobs market, and the knowledge to help you decide on your next steps.

Hear from senior executives, across a range of businesses, as they share their expertise. Learn about emerging sectors and current opportunities from employers actively recruiting plus the skills they're looking for.

5 reasons to attend:

  • Gain practical, useable advice on finding & securing your next role
  • Develop a better understanding of civilian employers and what they're looking for from new hires
  • Realise the potential of networking
  • Be inspired and motivated to take your next step
  • And understand where 'my best fit' is within the civilian jobs market


As the day is tailored to you – join those sessions that are most relevant to your current job situation.

Our Programme

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:40 Jobs Market Overview with Alistair Cox, CEO Hays plc
10:45 - 11:45 Executive Insights
Nick Madhavji, CEO of Joskos
Justin Maciejewski, Director of the National Army Museum
Jeff Grout, former Business Manager to Sir Clive Woodward and former UK Managing Director of Robert Half International
11:45 - 12:00 Short Break
12:00 - 13:00 Employer Presentations
Robert Kelly, Project Manager, Jacobs
John Tovey, Director of Operations, American Express
Sarah Learney, Programme Director, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG (NHS)
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00 Careers in Law: The Military into Law Network
14:00 - 15:00 Transition Panel
Zoe Poulton, PA Consulting
Charlie Bell, TeraCode
Robert Kissane, BMT
Ollie Ormiston, Bain
15:00 - 15:10 Short Break
15:10 - 15:50 Keynote Speaker
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
15:50 - 16:00 Employment Update from the OA & Close


Alistair Cox
Alistair has acted as Chief Executive of Hays plc, a global recruitment agency, since 2007. Prior to that Alistair was appointed Chief Executive at Xansa. A Chartered Engineer, Alistair began his career working in field engineering, management and research science. In 1991, after graduating from business school, Alistair joined McKinsey & Company, before moving to Blue Circle Industries plc, latterly Lafarge, as Group Strategy Director and latterly as Regional Director for Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur.

Alistair is currently Chairman of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, and in the past has served as a NED at 3i plc, and on the Board of Just Eat.

Dr Adam Marshall
Adam was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members, covering every size and sector of business and employing over five million people in the UK.
Adam served as the BCC’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs from July 2009 to March 2016, and then as Acting Director General.

Adam has also helped start up the Centre for Cities, built commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media.

Nick Madhavji
Nick is a highly successful entrepreneur and the founder of Joskos Joskos Solutions is a national, award-winning education technology company delivering impactful ICT solutions to schools across the UK.

Nick is an Executive Council Member for the British Educational Suppliers Association, sits on the board of a number of National Education Charities advises Schools and trusts across the UK.
Nick is an avid supporter of the Armed Forces and continues to coach and support former military in their transition into the Civilian workplace. Joskos Solutions has also pledged to have at least 15% of its team from a forces background by 2023.

Justin Maciejewski
Justin has been involved with military history and heritage throughout his professional life. He joined the National Army Museum as Director in March 2018, following 5 years with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant where he led projects focusing on corporate strategy, organisational design large-scale business transformation. He remains a senior external advisor with the McKinsey & Company.

Justin ended his 27-year career in the Army as Director Combat. Following this he held a brief visiting fellowship at the University of Oxford in 2012 as part of the Changing Character of War Programme under Professor Sir Hew Strachan.

John Tovey
John spent 6 years in the Infantry, with two spells in Afghanistan, time as an ADC and finishing his career as OC Recce for an armoured Battalion.  John is now Director of Operations for the Centurion Card, leading a team of 250 concierges and travel specialists servicing American Express’ premium Card Members.  This year marks the point at which he has been out of the Army longer than he was in it and so hopes to share some insights and lessons learned – sometimes the hard way – about his transition to his dream job.

Zoe Poulton
Zoe spent 16 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in a variety of roles across both the ABM and Pers Support branches. Her last role was as part of the project team designing and implementing a new Officer Training Course at RAF Cranwell. After leaving the RAF, Zoe went on to secure a role as a Change expert for PA Consulting. She is based in the London office although is currently working on a project with Coventry University leading the change workstream.

Charlie Bell
Charlie spent just under 8 years in the Irish Guards with his final post as the Intelligence Officer whilst in Iraq. After leaving the Army, Charlie then joined TeraCode, an established US, Internet of Things solutions company, as an Account Executive and part of the team to expand TeraCode into the UK.

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