June 18th 2014


A Royal Naval Reservist, who lives in Derby, is set to take part in Uniform to Work Day to help raise the profile of being a Reservist locally.

Able Seaman Chris Cotterill, aged 20, has a full-time civilan job as an  Administer at Central Laundry in Burton on Trent, this is an independent business providing linen services to the healthcare, hospitality and educational sectors.

Being a fairly new recruit to HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, this is the first year Chris has had the opportunity to take part in Uniform to work Day, which is being held on Wednesday 25 June.

Chris explained: “Uniform to Work Day is an event that recognises the important role that Reserve Forces play in both the community and within the Armed Forces as a whole. I joined the unit in October 2013, after being a member of the Sea Cadet Corps as a child and always having an interest in the Royal Navy.”

Speaking about the highlights of his RNR career to date Chris said: “Since I joined I’d say my personal motivation and general productiveness have improved as well as my ability to lead and work as part of a team – all attributes that help me in my civilian job too. 

“There has been many things I’ve been proud of since I joined HMS Sherwood but passing out with my colleagues at HMS Raleigh and taking part in the Royal Guard of Honour at our recent Rededication Parade attended by Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is something I will remember for a long time.”

As well as being a Reservist and working full-time as a civilian, Chris is also a keen runner. He commented: “I like to keep busy. I recently ran the Derby 10k Race to raise money for SSAFA (military charity proving support for members of the Armed Forces and their families), and also spend two evenings a week as an adult instructor for Burton-on-Trent Sea Cadets where my interest in the Royal Navy began!”

Chris with his employer at Central LaundryChris with his employer at Central LaundryAaron Stokes, Admin Manager, at Central Laundry, said: “Central Laundry is happy to support Chris’s Reservist career and understand his commitment to the RNR, so we are flexible with him having time off work to carry out his training. The skills and traits he has picked up within the RNR, including his motivation and attention to detail, transfer noticeably into his work on a day-to-day basis.”