26 June 2018
On Reserves Day, we caught up with Helen Haigh, our Leeds-based Senior Project Manager, who also serves as an Army Reserve Captain in 170 Engineer Group, 525 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE).
Helen has been working with us for six months and prior to this, she served with the army for 10 years. Since 2014, she has also worked with Mace at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and as an Officer Recruiting with the Full Time Reserve Service. She has been a volunteer for five months.
Helen said: “As a former regular soldier, it felt like a natural transition to explore what the Reserves would be like. It’s all quite new to me, so I hope I can share my army knowledge with other reservist colleagues.”
During her time in regular service, Helen was involved in several exercises and operations, including Operation HERRICK 12, Exercise OAK APPLE - a construction exercise in Kenya - and Exercise KELP EAGLE, a runway repair exercise in the Falkland Islands.
She was named top in her platoon at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has recently been selected to make the trip to the Houses of Parliament with her line manager, Jamie Beaufoy, to mark Reserves Day 2018.
Helen believes that military training can help with teamworking and leadership within the workplace.
“In a civilian job, it’s sometimes difficult to get people to gel as a team,” she said. “But military training forces people to work together in sometimes difficult circumstances. However, the end result is a closer, more bonded set of people.
“From my regular army career, I enjoy teaching people about more efficient ways to work, how to be more organised and more forthright in the correct manner to achieve results.”