June 18th 2014


An Army Reservist who lives in Creaton, Northamptonshire, is set to take part in Uniform to Work Day to “promote the benefits of a career in the Army Reserve”.

Captain Ed Matts, is serving as a Reservist with 2 Company, 3 Royal Anglian, based at the Army Reserve Centre on Ulverscroft Road in Leicester. As a civilian he works for Countrywide PLC who he explains have been really supportive of his military commitments:

“I work as a Business Relationship Manager for Countrywide so am the link between IT and the Estate Agency division. In my area of the business, the company has not employed a Reservist before but they recognise the benefits of employing either ex-Service personnel or Reservists and have taken steps to further their understanding of the military by engaging with SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers)”.

Uniform to Work Day is taking place on Wednesday 25 June 2014 and is an opportunity for Reservists to promote the Reserves and encourage others to recognise the important role Reservists play in working alongside our regular (full-time) soldiers.

“I am taking part in Uniform to Work Day for the fourth year. I want to promote the benefits of a career in the Army Reserve and how this can be easily balanced around your other commitments. This is the second time I have taken part in the event with my current employer, they are very supportive of my Army Reserve career”, Ed explained. 

Ed believes that being in the Reserves helped him to get his current civilian position as there are a number of positive cross-overs between the two careers.

Ed said: “Those in the military tend to have strong leadership and managerial skills and indeed it was my military background that helped me to get my job current job at Countrywide. Although there is no direct comparison between my two roles, my style of working and having experience of leading a team appealed to my line manager.”

Speaking about highlights of his military career to date and his motivation for becoming a Reserve, Ed commented: “The challenge, the camaraderie and general change of scene from a 9 to 5 job was part of the reason I joined up, it’s a great change of pace.

The responsibility and challenges I have had through my Reserve career have given me the confidence as well as the experience to make my CV stand out from others when applying for civilian jobs, but it has given me a huge sense of achievement.”

Andy Rogers, Strategy Director for Technology Services at Countrywide PLC, said: “When Ed joined Countrywide PLC he really hit the ground running, and since he joined the Business Relationship Team, he has become a great asset. We find that the number of transferable skills between the Reserve Forces and civilian roles are both underestimated and invaluable to our business.”