June 17th 2016

Attending Her Majesty’s Birthday Parade

Magali Dale, Head of Human Resources at Pennine Healthcare

14 local employers, who support the Armed Forces Community, have attended Her Majesty’s Birthday Parade in London.

The parade, which is also known as Trooping the Colour, took place on Saturday 11 June at Horse Guards Parade in London and was attended by thousands of onlookers both in the arena’s seating area and on the roads outside.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s East Midlands Employer Engagement Director, said: “This impressive display is where The Queen’s birthday is officially celebrated. Over 1000 Armed Forces personnel paraded with Her Majesty Herself attending the salute, the atmosphere in the stands was excellent and I have received positive feedback from the employers who went along.”

Feedback from employers attending the event:

Magali Dale, Head of Human Resources at Pennine Healthcare, based in Derby, attended the event. She said: “Pennine is passionate about supporting our forces, including both active personnel and veterans.  We are soon to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and in addition we will be enhancing our support of reservists in our employment through supportive policies and practices and also focusing on service leavers.

“I was delighted to be invited to attend Trooping of the Colour by East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.  The entire event was fantastic and created a feeling of great pride.  The highlights of the day were two fold; the parading of the troops in their bearskins and uniforms in such a precise manner and the superb fly past by the RAF.

“A number of our employees have sons, daughters or family in the Armed Forces currently and my husband is ex-military therefore we feel passionate about supporting our Armed Forces.”

Mary Dowglass, Non-Executive Director at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Dowglass, Non-Executive Director at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Dowglass, Non-Executive Director for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), attended the event. She commented:  “I was very pleased to accept the invitation to watch the Trooping the Colour parade because I have watched it every year on TV since a child as both my parents had a military background.  As a family we always loved the music and both my parents enjoyed commenting on the standard of the drill lines so I could hardly believe I was actually there watching such an excellent faultless parade. From our seats, the high point for me was the actual parade of the colour to the slow march which I have been humming ever since.

“Having been a director in an NHS Trust with a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit and with some reserve service myself in the RAF I did not need much convincing about the skills of military healthcare personnel and the benefits to the individual of reserve service.

“LPFT supports the armed services through its specialist Jubilee Suite, based at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, which provides hospital treatment for serving personnel with serious mental health problems.  We also aim to recognise the specific health issues of service families to ensure they are able to access our services when needed.”

Elaine Baylis, Chair of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, attended the event. She said: “It was a huge privilege to attend Trooping the Colour with colleagues from other local organisations. To be on Horse Guards Parade on such an historic occasion was really special. I was so impressed with the precision that accompanied every element of the event and it all went off so well.

“Effective partnership relationships between the Armed Forces community and organisations like mine are really important. These relationships ensure that the Armed Forces are fully supported in terms of service provision, integration in the wider community network and also through workforce opportunities such as providing support for reservists. I look forward to developing our relationship in the forthcoming year.”

Each of the employers selected to attend the event were invited due to their proactive and supportive approach to the Armed Forces Community.

"The entire event was fantastic and created a feeling of great pride."