Once a Regular, now an Army Reservist with 3 Royal Anglian, Harry Macleod knows more than most how to navigate the military arena. As Production Director for The Development Network, his Reservist experience keeps him at the cutting edge of his industry.
Head-quartered in Chelmsford, Essex, The Development Network, creates customer centric conferences, exhibitions, seminars and webinars dedicated to the military marketplace. On a daily basis, Harry is responsible for identifying future trends within the Defence industry and, alongside a dedicated team, organising conferences across the globe.
Nathan Martin, Founder and CEO, comments, “Harry’s role is vital to our business. Our largest revenue stream comes from conferences and exhibitions focusing on the Defence marketplace. As a Reservist, his knowledge of the military environment is current and second to none. It holds major credibility with our clients and staff.”
Away from civilian life, Harry is Officer Commanding of a machine gun platoon. He’s responsible for selecting, training and leading 25 soldiers in order to deliver special weapons capability within 3 Royal Anglian. “The hands-on experience definitely informs my decision making in the office. Not only am I aware of the latest technologies but also how satisfied the soldiers are with the equipment.”
“Being a Reservist is not purely a career led decision. There’s also a huge element of enjoyment. Being a part of well-structured organisation, in a positive environment surrounded by friends, certainly does wonders for ‘life’ satisfaction. Where else do you get to handle up-to-date equipment and meet friends for life? Having recently become a Dad for a second time the extra pocket money comes in handy too!”
“People are always concerned about the work/life balance as a Reservist but the beauty is you can scale your Reservist commitments up or down depending on personal circumstances. Naturally there are times when the commitment is greater, especially during deployments, but the unit are there to support the Reservist and their employer during every step of the process.”
The Development Network have recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved a Bronze Employer Recognition Scheme Award. Keen to continue their support, Nathan Martin adds, “Our business has a strong moral compass, and supporting the local Armed Forces, especially Reservists, feels like a natural fit. We are keen to be involved with Defence engagement opportunities across our region and support those who serve or have served with their career path.”
Harry is one of over 30,000 Reservists committing their spare time, balancing their day jobs and family life with a military career, to be ready to serve should their country need them.
To ensure that Reservists are understood and appreciated, the Ministry of Defence’s annual Reserves Day campaign encourages businesses to highlight the benefits of Reserve service to their workforce. Employers can take part in a number of ways, including inviting their reservist employees to wear their uniform to work on Wednesday 27th June.
Reserves Day 2018 is part of Armed Forces Week, culminating in a national Armed Forces Day event in Llandudno, North Wales on Saturday 30th June.