October 13th 2014


An awards ceremony to recognise the work of civilian and military personnel has been held at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell.

Two civil servants and four Army Officers, who all work in the Headquarters of the regional brigade, were recognised for their loyal service. A third civil servant who works in an Army Reserve Centre in Bulwell, Nottingham was also honoured.

Amanda Pickett (48) was awarded the Imperial Service Medal by the Commander of 49(East)Brigade, Brigadier Harry Nickerson, in recognition for 30-years loyal service to the British Army.

The Imperial Service Medal (ISM) is the medal of the Imperial Service Order instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII who wished to recognise the services rendered to him by members of the Civil Service.

It is awarded at the prerogative of the Sovereign to eligible Civil Servants who, on leaving the service, have given not less than 25 years’ meritorious service.

Amanda started work at Chetwynd Barracks in 1984, and has spent the last 18 years working with 49(East)Brigade. The Brigade provides support to the Army and its people across the East Midlands and East Anglia, ensuring that all the assets are in place for its many hundreds of soldiers who deploy on operations, either as individuals or as formed units.

Its diverse role involves providing personnel, equipment, barracks accommodation, logistic back-up and training facilities, as well as support for training and operations overseas.

Working as an Administrative Officer, Amanda was responsible for liaison with the Civil Police ahead of public events across the 12 counties of the Brigade area. These include homecoming parades, Remembrance parades and Armed Forces Day events. She was also responsible for advising units and individuals on security-related issues.

Amanda said: “I am delighted to have received this medal – it is a physical recognition of the work I have done over the years. I have enjoyed every moment and I have had some really good times here. I leave with a sense of achievement and pride for the work I have done supporting the military.”

Also recognised for her work was Desdemona Povey who was awarded the General Officer Commanding Support Command’s Commendation. Desdemona had worked as an Administrative Officer for Bulwell-based 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry) Battery, 100 Regiment Royal Artillery, for the past 15 years.

Her citation states: ‘For over a decade her support to countless deployments to Operations TELIC, HERRICK and FINGAL have delivered tangible benefit to the Army. She deserves wide recognition for the outstanding contribution she has made to defence.

Desdemona said: “We have all been extremely busy so it’s very humbling to think that someone took the time to put me forward for a Commendation.”

The third civil servant to be honoured was Liz Towers. Liz was awarded a General Officer Commanding Support Command’s Commendation in recognition of her work and dedication during the flooding of the Somerset levels in February 2014. At short notice, Liz sourced and funded accommodation for 500 troops from the regional brigade who were tasked to support the national effort.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM) to four Army Officers: Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers and Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber, who both joined the 3rd Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, now the Mercian Regiment; Major Chris Ormond-King who joined the Army Reserve in 1976; and Lieutenant Colonel Andy McCombe who transferred from the RAF to the Army Reserve in 2002. VRSM recipients must have completed 10 years continuous service to qualify.