Richy

Richy served for 22 years as a Regular Soldier in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. During this time, he served on operational tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq and on numerous exercises across Europe, USA, Belize and Kenya. Prior to him completing his Army service, he was a Recruiting Sergeant at an Army Careers Office.

He found this role most rewarding as it offered him the valuable opportunity of learning what was happening on Civvy Street. He credits this job with enabling him to come to terms with managing the various and significant challenges to adapting to civilian life. Since leaving the Army, Richy has worked in corporate recruitment, and more recently with the Army Reserves, two roles that have provided him with invaluable insight into the complex situation of where the military and civilian workforce meet. Richy has various recruitment and welfare qualifications, as well as several service medals, he also has a Diploma in personal training and nutrition.

Richy has more recently been able to draw on these military experiences and qualifications to offer practical expertise to inform his work with the Army Reserves. Richy`s military experience and his current involvement in several military networks has been invaluable in the critical development of this book. He is currently serving as a Sergeant with an Army Reserves unit on their Recruiting and Mentoring Team

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Karen

Karen trained as a nurse and after qualifying and working on several wards in the NHS for 8 years she joined Her Majesty`s Prison Service. On completion of the Prison Officer training, she was appointed as a prison hospital officer. As one of the first ever female officers to work in male prison establishments, she spent several years on detachments to prisons in London and other areas of the UK.

Whilst in the Prison service she studied and researched mental and emotional health issues in prisoners and became interested in the plight of military veterans who were serving time in prison. On leaving the prison service, she found resettlement on Civvy Street challenging as health employers were reluctant to employ her after spending an extended period out of the civilian workplace.

Karen then worked at a further education college and found herself working with military veterans again, this time in supporting them in studying and preparing for resettlement. She began studying and took a college certificate in education, this was followed by undergraduate and post graduate degrees, and she has never looked back. Since leaving the further education sector, she has worked as a staff nurse, nursing sister and matron before swapping the hospital wards for a classroom and has spent the last 15 years as a university tutor after having successfully obtained her Doctorate in Education. Karen is currently a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University in the Staffordshire Business School.

She has significant experience and understanding of supporting military veterans and civilian adult learners who are returning to learning and who are seeking career changes. She has also been responsible for recruiting and appointing staff to various positions in a variety of organisations both in the private and public sector.

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