June 16th 2014


An employer from Derbyshire got the opportunity to attend Her Majesty the Queen’s annual birthday parade last weekend (14 June) as part of an employer engagement event.

Tom Ottewell, Chief of Community Strategy at Rolls Royce PLC, based in Derby, travelled to London to attend Trooping the Colour along with a number of other employers who are supportive of the Armed Forces from around the East Midlands.

Trooping the Colour is a ceremony that happens each year in June to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday. The event is held on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall with invited guests, members of the public and members of the Royal family having the opportunity to see a magnificent parade carried out by operational troops from the Household Division.

Each employer in attendance from the East Midlands either employs a Reservist currently or has employed a Reservist previously, and has demonstrated their understanding of the benefits that Reservists can bring to the civilian work force such as additional training, leadership skills and the ability to work under pressure.

Reflecting on the event Tom Ottewell, from Rolls Royce PLC, said: “This was a really memorable day and we were delighted to attend on behalf of Rolls Royce. My partner Alicia and I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, and will remember the event for a long time to come. The event was also a good opportunity to speak to employers from other areas of the East Midlands to learn more about their experience of employing Reservists both past and present.”

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Director, said: “Giving employers the opportunity to attend events such as this is a way of us showing our appreciation to local employers who understand and support the benefits of employing Reservists in their organisations.

“There are many reasons to support Reservists within your business. Reservists are men and women of various ages who chose to undertake Reserve Force training outside of their civilian career.  Each Reservist plays a major role in assisting our Regular Forces and their training makes them a considerable asset to any employer.

“We have received excellent feedback from many of the employers who attended the event with many commenting this will be an event they will remember for a long time.”