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Encouraging Employers to Support Defence

One of our core functions is to maintain active engagement and relationships with employers to connect them with Defence. We inform them of the activities we undertake and the valuable contributions made by Reservists, Adult Instructors and Cadets.

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How to get involved:

Have you signed the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The government is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners who have signed the covenant. The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

For more information, please visit Armed Forces Covenant

Are you an Employer Recognition Scheme holder?

The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.

The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant.

For more information please visit Employer Recognition Scheme

Benefits of Partnering with Defence in the South East

Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, East and West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Join over 1,200 Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) signatories, 620 Bronze, 142 Silver and 83 Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Award holders in the South East.



Attend Events

The Employer Engagement team host a variety of events that highlight the vast skillset that the Reservists and Adult Volunteers bring to the workplace. The support of the employer is essential to enable them to undergo training and to maximise their professionalism in their additional and voluntary role.

Once you are signed up, the team will inform you of these events and give you the opportunity to attend as and when they are organised.

If you would like more information, please contact our Regional Employer Engagement Administrative Officer

Meet the Team

Group Captain Keith Lane RAF (Retd)

Head of Engagement

Andrew Gibbs 

Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Surrey


Leigh Thomas

East Sussex, Kent & West Sussex


Louis Szreider

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire


Nicola Harris

Employer Engagement Office Manager


Vinita Chauhan

Employer Engagement Admin Officer


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