June 25th 2014


A Reservist who lives in Retford and works as District and County Councillor is set to take part in Uniform to Work Day to ‘help promote the Reserve Forces and encourage local people to find out more information about the work they do.

Aircraftsman Ian Campbell, who works full-time as a Councillor representing Retford West at Nottinghamshire County Council and Bassetlaw District Council, believes that taking part in Uniform to Work Day on 25 June is a great opportunity to promote the many benefits linked being a Reservist and the positive influence this can have on an individual’s civilian life too.

Ian Campbell, aged 27 years, who was previously the youngest Mayor in the UK in 2010 at the age of 23, said: “This is the first time I’ve taken part in Uniform to Work Day. Being in the Reserves has given me the opportunity to have both a military and civilian career. Being a RAF Reserve has given me the opportunity to gain qualifications and achieve things I couldn’t do in my civilian life without investing a lot of time and money in significant training to for example learn to parachute.

“I wanted to show my support to Uniform to Work Day this year to encourage local people to find out more about the Reserve Forces and how we work alongside our regular (full-time) colleagues in operational situations.” 

Ian serves as a RAF Reserve at RAF Wittering. Reflecting on his military career to date he said: “I really enjoyed doing my basic training at RAF Halton where I made some good friends. So far I think I’ve personally gained a great deal from my military commitments such as increased confidence, leadership and management skills.”

As well as being a Reservist and working as a Councillor Ian is a keen painter and enjoys cycling when possible.