Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019

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As an organisation that actively supports the Armed Forces community in the workplace, Sodexo directly employs many people who have served their country, as well as supporting those who continue to serve as Reservists.

Richard Jones, contract director in our Government & Agencies segment, has responsibility for the entire Sodexo operation on the Hestia South contract. Before this, Richard spent 22 years in the Royal Artillery, joining Sodexo in 2011, having enjoyed a varied career, culminating in his final appointment as Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM).

Richard says that, since leaving the British Army, Sodexo has continued to help him build his career in facilities management: “Sodexo supported me in successfully completing my final year of postgraduate study, achieving an MSc in Facilities Management, as well as helping me to subsequently achieve the industry-leading Lean Six Sigma ‘Black Belt’ qualification.

Richard Jones

Pictured: Richard Jones, contract director - Hestia South

“Sodexo fully understands and appreciates the transferable skills that military personnel can bring to the commercial world, and supports them in achieving their ambitions”.

On Armed Forces Day, Sodexo will support a national event taking place in Salisbury, working with the armed forces charity SSAFA to host a Big Brew Up, providing refreshments for staff and visitors.

As part of our continued commitment to our Armed Forces, we are setting up a Veterans and Reservists employee network, and want to hear from those Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and Veterans in the business who are keen to get involved - please click here to submit your details, and tell us what you want from your network.

And, don’t forget - even if you are not part of the Armed Forces community, you can join in the celebrations through the #SaluteOurForces campaign. Take a picture of yourself or your team saluting our services this week and you could win £50 via Recognising You! Remember to tag @SodexoUK_Ire on Twitter, or share your picture with the official Sodexo UK & Ireland Facebook page. You can also send your photos via email

For more information on Armed Forces Day, see the official website.


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