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JUNE 15TH 2017

Nottingham City Transport support Reserves Day

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby and Able Seaman Gary Slater

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby and Able Seaman Gary Slater wearing their military uniforms at work

Nottingham City Transport is supporting Reserves Day this year by allowing its employees to wear their military uniforms in to their civilian workplace on 21 June.

Reserves Day is an annual event that allows reserve personnel, from each military service, to wear their uniforms into work to celebrate the important role that reservists play in supporting the UK’s Defence capability.

Mick Leafe, Andrew Maltby and Gary Slater at Nottingham City Transport's Parliament Street Garage

Mick Leafe, Andrew Maltby and Gary Slater at Nottingham City Transport’s Parliament Street Garage ahead of Reserves Day

Signing up to support the event for the first time, Nottingham City Transport are proud to be demonstrating their commitment to the Armed Forces Community with two of its employees who are serving with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, planning to take part in the event to date.

Mick Leafe, HR Director at Nottingham City Transport, said: “2017 will be the first time that we will have staff taking part in Reserves Day and we are delighted to play our bit in promoting the vital work our Armed Forces do.

“We have always had a commitment to employing both ex-regular personnel and reservists, we have had a policy in place for a number of years and this has continued to evolve during my 16 year career to date.”

Able Seaman Gary Slater serves with HMS Sherwood and works full-time as a Bus Driver in Nottingham. Speaking about taking part in Reserves Day this year, Gary commented: “I’ve been employed by Nottingham City Transport for 10 years, and three years ago I became a reservist. It’s great to do something completely different at the weekend. I originally joined to embrace new opportunities and I was really proud to ‘pass out’ from my initial RNR training course at Raleigh and feel really lucky to have such a supportive employer. My managers have been really flexible in allowing me to rearrange my shifts to complete my military courses, which really has made my life easier. This will be the first time I’ve taken part in Reserves Day and I will be proud to wear my RNR uniform on my bus, and look forward to my passengers’ asking more about what my role is all about.”

Petty Officer Andrew Maltby, is also serving with HMS Sherwood and works in Nottingham City Transport’s Operations Centre and radio room, helping to control the city transport bus fleet when it is on its travels locally. He commented: “I am at Petty Officer at HMS Sherwood and specialise as an Engineering Technician. I’ve been in the RNR for 32 years some of which I have served in other parts of the country. I followed in my family’s footsteps by joining the military, my grandfather was a Marine Engineer in World War Two and my father was a Marine Engineer Submariner so it seemed natural for me to join the RNR.

Gary Slater Mick Leafe Andrew Maltby from Nottingham City Transport

Gary Slater Mick Leafe Andrew Maltby from Nottingham City Transport

“I have always found Nottingham City Transport to be very supportive of my role with the reserves. They have allowed me time off for training and other military commitments, and in return I believe I have brought new skills back in to my civilian place of work such as command leadership management.

“I decided to take part in Reserves Day this year alongside my colleague Gary who I also work with at HMS Sherwood. We hope our colleagues and members of the public will take this opportunity to find out more about our roles and learn more about the opportunities available at HMS Sherwood in Nottingham.”

“2017 will be the first time that we will have staff taking part in Reserves Day and we are delighted to play our bit in promoting the vital work our Armed Forces do."