THE BOARD


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General Sir Nick Parker
Chairman

 

Sir Nick Parker left the Army in May 2013 after a 40 year career. Since leaving, he has conducted a review into the senior structure of the Police Service in England and Wales and has mentored senior executives in the extraction, transport, human resources, elite sport and legal sectors.  He has led seminars in the Changing Character of War programme at Pembroke College Oxford, and is working with The Partnering Initiative on a programme to improve Global Human Development.


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John Ponsonby
Director

John has served in both the RAF and Army. Having been responsible for fixed and rotary wing flying training, RAF recruiting, individual ab-initio and specialist ground training and oversight of the Air Cadet Organisation, he joined AgustaWestland as Senior Vice President Training in 2007. John became Managing Director of AgustaWestland Ltd in August 2015. John relinquished his functional support responsibilities in October 2016 and retired as Managing Director, Leonardo Helicopters UK, in January 2018.


MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Andrew Jackson
Managing Director

Andrew left the Army in 2009 leaving as a Brigadier after a full career. Having been responsible for Army recruiting for his last 4 years, on leaving he joined Kenexa, a specialist HR science and technology company, where he was responsible for the company's government business. IBM acquired Kenexa in 2012. Andrew left IBM in 2014 to set up SaluteMyJob. Andrew sits on the Boards of Corporate America Supports You, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network in the US and on the Advisory Board of Recruit for Spouses in the UK.


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Nick Everard
Managing Consultant, Executive Search

Nick’s Army career spanned 22 years, leaving in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel following Regimental command.  Since then he has filled both Head of Relationship Management and Managing Director roles within a FTSE 100 Group, and was a Board Director of a successfully sold, privately owned business.  In 2012 he was joint founder of J1 Consulting Ltd, an award winning Search firm which connects clients to high grade ex-military candidates at the Executive and Managerial levels, and was Managing Director until summer 2018, when it merged with SaluteMyJob to become SMJ Consulting Services Ltd. He is now Managing Consultant, Executive Search for the new firm.


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Aine Brown
Operations Director

Aine has worked in the HRO and Recruitment Industry since 1998, first for Lansdowne and then Arinso and NorthgateArinso. Holding Senior Manager and Director positions, implementing and overseeing outsourced services to some of the UK's largest employers. Her specialities include service design and operation, client relations and a core focus on great service through customer and candidate experience.


OPERATIONS TEAM

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Laura Brooke-Smith
Career Guidance Consultant

Laura enjoyed a fulfilling 10 year career in the Army where she worked as an HR professional, supporting the Human Resource needs of military personnel all over the world including in Afghanistan and Kenya. Throughout this time, Laura managed a team of military HR specialists, responsible for their training and career development. Laura used her resettlement to formalise her HR experience by completing a CIPD qualification. On leaving the Army, she worked as an HR Business Partner for Compass Group.


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Francine McKay
Employment Consultant

Francine served for 13 years in the Royal Air Force as a Photographer and Photographic Manager, working in England, Germany, Poland and Afghanistan during this time. She specialised as a Recruitment Consultant for two years in different Armed Forces Careers Offices. Francine has brought these skills to SaluteMyJob to help ex-military candidates find sustainable and satisfying employment.


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Dan Mason
Employment Consultant

Dan gained a vast amount of skills during his exemplary 12-year service in the Army and received two certificates for meritorious service during his distinguished career. By trade he was a Port Operator that saw him travel worldwide in support of global conflicts and exercises. He was also a Physical Training Instructor for 9 years, leaving as a Corporal. Dan started his new career in recruitment in 2014, working for construction recruitment agency O'Neill & Brennan. In 2015, Dan moved to Plymouth and opened up a South West office in Exeter for them. Working at SaluteMyJob, Dan has channelled all his recruitment experience into further supporting veterans in their transition, so they feel they are honoured for their past career.


CLIENT RELATIONSHIP TEAM

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Lieutenant Colonel Jon Penhale
Client Relationship Manager

Jon served in the Regular Forces for 16 years as an infantry officer before leaving for Reserve Service, where he is Commanding Officer of 6 Rifles. Jon set up a commercial recruitment project to help businesses understand and access the talent leaving the Armed Forces, with a focus on supporting Riflemen. He has continued to work in recruitment, with a focus on developing client relationships, for the last 5 years. Jon has also worked as the Operation’s Director for a national charity.


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Tamsin Holmes
Relationship Manager

Tamsin set up FSBD, an expert business development and sales support company after 18 years’ experience in sales management, marketing and business development, in both national and international roles. Under FSBD Ltd, Tamsin now freelances in various roles in business development, interim management, sales and marketing. Working with SMJ as a contractor, Tamsin uses her vast skills and experience to focus on business development and generating leads with new clients to offer our tailored veteran consultancy services.


MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

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Samantha Wilson
Head of Marketing

Sam is an accomplished marketing and communications manager with experience spanning new media, broadcast, publishing and the voluntary sector. Sam joined SaluteMyJob after working as a Communications Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and has brought an extensive working knowledge of online and offline marketing techniques to the team.


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Faye Copp
Content Writer

Faye is a former journalist, gaining experience in two busy newsrooms in Devon and the Lake District and is in charge of writing content for SMJ’s News and Best Practice blog. Faye is a military spouse and is a keen fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charity, with her most recent challenge being a 103-mile yomp to raise money for the charity.

CONSULTANTS & TRAINERS

Ben Morton

Leadership Mentor

Ben is a best-selling author, accomplished keynote speaker and sought-after leadership mentor who has worked with senior leadership teams in the U.K, US and Australia. He completed two tours of duty in Iraq as a Captain in the British Army, then moved into business as Global Head of HR, World Challenge, later part of Tui Travel and followed this with a period in the Tesco Leadership Academy.

He now works exclusively with senior and executive teams to help them be the most effective version of themselves as individual leaders whilst also becoming a genuine, high performing team.