Recruiting people who have served in the Armed Forces is something we are passionate about. Service leavers have unrivalled experience in areas such as leadership, self-discipline and problem solving and are used to working as part of a team in highly pressurised environments, and we’re really keen to learn from them to improve the service we provide to our customers.
We have a target to ensure that 10% of our workforce come from a Service background and we’re proud to have exceeded this target, with 11% of our staff currently having links with the Armed Forces. Carl Shadrake is a perfect example of our drive to recruit Service leavers, having recently joined our Regional Prime South East (RPSE) team as a Delivery Manager at RAF Benson, he is already bringing some of the skills and experience he gained from 14 years in the Grenadier Guards, to his new role.
Carl is a twice wounded veteran, having served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan along with many training overseas exercises in Canada, Kenya and Germany. During his first tour of Afghanistan in 2007, he was wounded by a suicide bomber that killed his driver and wounded all of his team in the vehicle. This resulted in a four month stay at Headley Court, the home of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Surrey, a site we are proud to support as part of our contract to deliver maintenance services in RPSE.
In 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan for a second time and was again wounded when he suffered shrapnel injuries to his stomach, face and arms when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in front of him. This injury caused enough damage for him to be medically discharged in 2014 and weeks after his injury, he received the devastating news that his brother, Jamie, who also served in the Grenadier Guards, had been shot and killed in action by the Taliban.
After months of physical rehabilitation, during what was a very turbulent time for the family, Carl embarked on a number of professional courses such as NEBOSH (health and safety) and tradesman qualifications. He always had a passion for property development and was delighted when he was offered a role within our business.
“I started with CarillionAmey almost four months ago and have integrated into the CA and DIO teams very well. I also have a great working relationship with the Station Infra team. My role is quite varied and I have been handed the responsibility of running the Change Management System (CMS) tasks at RAF Benson and helping out across the whole of the Service Delivery Area (SDA) 21.”
Carl is passionate about providing an excellent service to the Armed Forces. Having lived in military barracks and Service Family Accommodation during his 14 year career himself, he understands the needs and wants of the soldiers and families that live on the MOD estate. He is also seeing the benefits his military background is bringing to his role as a Delivery Manager.
“Being from the Infantry, I gained a little construction knowledge through my career but what I did gain is the ability to manage people and projects to a high level and to communicate with contractors and stakeholders at all levels, which I’ve found to be most useful. The military also instils a strong work ethic, so the job gets done regardless of the amount of time and effort it takes.”