June 18th 2014


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

Able Seaman Stephen Dunkley, aged 32, joined HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, in January 2013 after having a keen interest in the Royal Navy for some time.

Explaining why he decided to take part in Uniform to Work Day, which is being held on Wednesday 25 June 2014, Stephen said: “This is a great opportunity for Reservists such as me to promote the Reserves and encourage people to recognise the important role Reservists play in our Armed Forces as a whole by working alongside our regular (full-time) counterparts.

“This is my first opportunity to take part in the event but my employer has been really supportive of both this event and my general military commitments as they recognise the benefits of my additional training.”  

On a day-to-day basis Stephen works for Wellingborough Norse Ltd, a partnership company of Wellingborough Council, as a Cleansing Manager. This means he manages a range of cleansing contracts in the Wellingborough area including looking after car parks, the market and other commercial areas.

Speaking about his RNR career highlights to date, Stephen said: “I was proud to complete my two week confirmation course at HMS Raleigh passing out in front of my wife, daughter and parents. This is something I’ll never forget because it was the most challenging two weeks of my life as well as being a lot of fun.”

In addition to being a Reservist and working full-time Stephen is also a keen amateur boxer, enjoys playing tennis, is Chairman of his local residents’ association and is a Chair of Governors at a school in Wellingborough leading strategic management.

Nicola Holden, Stephen’s line manager at Wellingborough Norse Ltd, said: “I am very happy to support Steve in his ‘Wear Uniform to work Day’.  It not only raises the awareness of the armed forces, but raises awareness of what Steve does outside of work which is a positive influence on his management role within Wellingborough Norse Ltd.  I think it will offer his colleagues and team an opportunity to ask questions about his Navy activities which will promote a positive and open work environment.”