John Bridgeman has been named as the new independent chairman for Recovery Career Services (RCS), a facility that provides new career opportunities for injured and wounded service personnel.
John will lead the partnership management board supporting the delivery of tailor-made career services to those servicemen and women who have been medically discharged.
On receiving news of his new appointment, John said:
I am really excited to be joining Recovery Career Services at such an important phase in its development.
The scale of opportunity for us to work with MOD, service charities and Britain’s employers to help achieve rewarding careers for servicemen and women is huge.
I bring a track record of working with similarly challenging and complex partnerships together with some in-depth expertise in the private, public and charitable sectors and of working with the Ministry of Defence.
Launched in June 2013, Recovery Career Services was created to give wounded, injured and sick service personnel access to personalised and inspirational career services enabling them to achieve sustainable and fulfilling employment.
Welcoming this appointment, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Anna Soubry said:
We are totally committed to caring for our military personnel. Our Defence Recovery Capability is a vital ingredient that ensures that our wounded, injured and sick either return to duty or can find a fulfilling career in civilian life. The RCS partnership is at the forefront of this effort.
RCS supports the armed forces covenant which is designed to ensure that service personnel are not disadvantaged compared to other citizens.
RCS also links in with the Defence Recovery Capability, a MOD-led initiative delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion which aims to ensure that all wounded, injured and sick personnel have access to the full range of key services to help them at every stage of their recovery.