March 18th 2016

“My volunteering role has certainly developed alongside my civilian career”

Leading a team of people, managing a variety of projects and organising expeditions in the Peak District are just some of the skills an adult volunteer from Northampton thinks have helped him to climb the career ladder at Travis Perkins.

Under Officer Jonathon Tunney, aged 25, volunteers with Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) as well as working full-time as a Project Manager at Travis Perkins in Northampton.

Originally joining the ACF as a cadet 14 years ago, Jonathon enjoyed being a part of the youth organisation so much that he decided he wanted to continue his journey as an adult volunteer in 2000.

Since that time, Jonathon has continued to develop his managerial and leadership skills through his volunteer training and is now enjoying being the Detachment Commander of Quebec Detachment in Northampton.

Jonathon said: “It’s a real achievement for me to become a Detachment Commander at the age of 25. This role sees me leading groups of both cadets and adult volunteers in training scenarios as well as organising more challenging expeditions to locations such as the Peak District in Derbyshire.

“One of my proudest moments was when I became a Duke of Edinburgh Award supervisor. Completing the award is such a rewarding journey for the cadets and one where I get to see them grow and become more independent as the assessment process continues.”

As well as leading a detachment, Jonathon has also just completed a three year placement as the Lead Representative in LNR ACF’s Corps of Drums. This opportunity allowed his to organise a Battlefield Tour to France and Belgium alongside Nottinghamshire ACF.

“The group of cadets that attended the Battlefield Tour had the chance to play at The Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. This was an amazing opportunity that saw us all put our musical abilities on display, and I know it was a very proud moment for each of the cadets and adult volunteers involved,” Jonathon explained.

Jonathon joined Travis Perkins in Northampton just after he started to volunteer as an adult with the ACF.

He described how he believes his extra-curricular activities helped him to stand out in the interview process: “My volunteering role has certainly developed alongside my civilian career. At my initial Travis Perkins interview I spoke passionately about being a part of the ACF as a cadet and why I had decided to continue volunteering with the organisation to give something back.

“The ACF taught me to have confidence in my own abilities, how to present to a room full of people and how to manage a range of projects at one time. My leadership and management responsibilities have grown within the ACF and at Travis Perkins hand-in-hand, and I honestly believe that I owe a lot to the ACF for the skills and experiences I have gained.”

LNR ACF is recruiting to find out more about becoming an adult volunteer visit or call 0116 277 9701.

“It’s a real achievement for me to become a Detachment Commander at the age of 25."