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Sodexo veterans celebrated

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It has been announced today that three Sodexo colleagues, all British Armed Forces veterans, have been shortlisted for the finals of the third annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards.

Sodexo’s finalists are:

Richard Jones - Business Leader of the Year award

After a 22-year career in the Royal Artillery, Richard joined Sodexo in 2011, taking up his current role as Sodexo’s director for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Hestia South contract in September 2018. Richard now leads a Sodexo team of more than 1,200 people, and is respected for his commitment to operational performance and excellence. He successfully combines a deep understanding of quality customer service with strong leadership and strategic planning skills, developed in fast-moving and changing environments.

Andy Lowe - Service Leaver of the Year award

Andy joined the British Army Catering Corps in 1985 and spent 2 years at the Army Apprentice college in Aldershot before being posted to the Junior Infantry Battalion at Folkestone. After a successful military career travelling the world, Andy joined Sodexo in 2013, becoming Service Manager for Episkopi in 2015; the headquarters for British Forces Cyprus (BFC). Over the past 18 months, Andy has been involved in a number of key projects onsite helping to deliver a new food offering and increase sales whilst maintaining a high delivery of service.

Mark Hardman - Team Leader of the Year award

Mark joined the British Army in 1983 as a Sea Navigator for the Royal Corps of Transport. During his time in the military, Mark was involved in numerous postings including two tours of the Falkland Islands and operations in Sierra Leone. After 24 years serving the British Armed Forces, Mark joined Sodexo becoming the Service Manager for the BFC Akrotiri base in 2015. In the past year under his guidance, the Akrotiri site team have set high standards and continuously ensured the delivery of quality of life services to the stationed military personnel and their community.

All three finalists have been recognised after spending years in both their military service and second career developing adaptable skills and qualities that are transferable and in high demand within commercial and business environments.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards are the world’s largest celebration of ex-military personnel in second careers, recognising the value veterans add to businesses as well as the employers that support the transition of servicemen and women.

As an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, Sodexo is committed to supporting the employment of ex-armed forces personnel and their families, as well as Reservists. As recognition for this long-standing commitment, Sodexo received the Ministry of Defence Gold Employer Recognition Award in 2017.

This commitment extends to our Public Service Pledge, which includes an annual target to employ 200 ex-service personnel and their families and our strong policies that support colleagues who undertake Reservist duties.

Congratulations to Sodexo’s finalists – we wish you all the best of luck at the award ceremony due to take place on 20 October. Last year, over 1,400 people attended the glitzy event that brought together more than 450 companies to help to raise more than £60,000 for military charities including Stop Hunger charity partner SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.


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