RECRUIT FOR SPOUSES PODCAST

RECRUIT FOR SPOUSES PODCAST

Hosted by Chris Keen and Heledd Kendrick. Every fortnight we'll be highlighting the amazing work that Recruit For Spouses do. We'll find out how they help military spouses to find employment and we'll talk to some of those incredible spouses along the way.

Episodes

November 25, 2022 32 min

In this episode we have the Premiership’s most decorated rugby player... Geordan Murphy!

He ended his 16th and final season in a Leicester Tigers shirt in 2012/13 with the eighth Premiership title of his career and announced that he would be moving into coaching at the club.

Geordy arrived in Leicester as a teenager with just one senior season at Naas RFC in Ireland behind him, he then made his debut against Rotherham in November 199...

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In this episode we talk to double Paralympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion Emma Wiggs MBE.

Since a mystery virus impaired the mobility in her legs, Emma has fought her way to the top, dedicating herself to not just one, but two sports. 

She first competed in sitting volleyball before choosing to switch to the high-speed sport of paracanoe and still continues to compete and dominate on the world stage today. 

Emma won gold...

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In this episode we talk to Lauren Duncan, an account director at Linkedin. 

Lauren is originally from a small town in the West Coast of Scotland near Loch Lomond. She attended Glasgow University and studied Political Science whilst working full time as a hotel manager.

After graduating she began working as a Consultant for the global recruitment agency Michael Page giving her the first real taste of working with public sector organis...

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On this episode we talk to Commodore Mel Robinson CBE who was appointed Commander of the Maritime Reserves in February 2020. 

Mel was commissioned in 1993 as a warfare officer and has served in a number of frigates and minor war vessels. This included command of HMS EXPRESS and Wales URNU, an assignment that was the first of its kind in terms of a woman taking sea command of a warship. 

To make her career work and balance the demands...

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On this episode we talk to our very own Becky Hopwood from the RFS Career Academy. 

Becky is the Coaching and Mentoring lead for the career academy and is now a ‘veteran’ spouse after her husband retired from the Royal Engineers after 16 years. 

In 12 years of moving around together they moved 9 times so she really understands the challenges of trying to have a career and a good family life! 

Becky first got involved with Recruit For ...

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On this episode we talk to Alix, Kate and Boo from Forces Wives Challenge...

Alix is currently based in Glasgow where she runs her own marketing consultancy and training business in the field of life sciences. 

Boo is based in Wiltshire and runs her own business focused on Sports and Physical Rehabilitation.

Kate is currently based in Buckinghamshire where she is working as a GP.

They along with 9 other ladies are set to become the wor...

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February 11, 2022 28 min

In this episode we’re joined by Pip and Jools from Edge NLP!

At Edge NLP their aim is to not only teach, but to guide, inspire, motivate and help people change their lives.

We talk about how they do that and how important it is to take a step back and evaluate the way you do things and present yourself.

Everyone at Edge has a real passion for NLP, they combine passion with a zest for life and take great pleasure in creating extraordin...

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May 13, 2021 22 min

This week we’re joined by Steve Leach who has served as a member of Alexander Mann Solutions’ Executive Team since 2005.  

Having joined the business in 1999, he's has held a variety of operational, management and executive roles and is currently Managing Director, UK & Ireland.  Passionate about enabling the AMS team to be the best they can be, Steve’s focus is working with our clients to develop relationships and solutions...

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The number 13 is unlucky for some... Not for us though because this week we're talking to Jo Salter, the UK's very first female fighter jet pilot! 

Jo Salter flew the Tornado ground attack aircraft with 617 Squadron in the Royal Air Force. 

She later became an inspirational speaker and in November 2016 she joined PwC as a director and Chief of Staff, responsible for digital capabilities within the People and Organisation prac...

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This week, as part of our Diversity Month, we are honoured to be joined by Penny Mansfield CBE who is the director of One Plus One.

One Plus One is a UK charity that creates resources that strengthen relationships.
Relationships are as diverse and as complicated as they are necessary and fulfilling.
Whether romantic, platonic or professional, you'll find Penny's insights and knowledge timeless and important - especially in our...

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On this weeks episode we're talking to military spouse Louise Fetigan who is the founder of the charity Little Troopers

Louise herself served in the British Army and saw active service in Kosovo. Her husband is also currently a serving soldier and has undertaken seven operational tours of duty since their daughter was born in 2003. 

Louise is passionate about helping all the Little Troopers at home through the anxiety of deploy...

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Our guest this week is Heather Sharp from Forces Wives Challenge.

Heather graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005, commissioning into the Royal Engineers. Throughout her 10 year career in the Regular Army, she had the opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan and take part in expeditions around the world - enjoying all the opportunities for adventure and travel that a military career offers. 

In 2007, Heather married a...

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February 25, 2021 36 min

This week we are talking to Angela Forbes and Bernie Graham from BuildForce about why networking is such an important element to career progression and transition.

Angela Forbes gained a Bovis scholarship in 1997 as an undergraduate Commercial Manager and has been with the Lendlease business for 23 years. She has also been a Commercial Director in the London construction business for the last 8 years.

Angela created the Lendlease ex-...

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February 5, 2021 35 min

Our guest in this episode is Charlotte Sjoberg, a Communications Director at Virgin.

She's also a Military spouse and talks about the reality of juggling a full-time role for a big Corporate Brand with a young family. She also tells us how she started working for Virgin.

Charlotte has been “doing” communications for nearly two decades now – Having cut her teeth in the financial sector including launching and floating one of them,...

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On this episode we'll be talking to an incredible lady named Emma Spencer who is currently on the front line of the NHS fighting Covid-19 as a resuscitation nurse. On top of this she's a military spouse with two young children under five and to make things just that little bit harder, her husband is deployed on a 6 month tour in Somalia.

We'll also be talking about a career within the NHS with Gemma Wright who is the pro...

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Our guest this week is Karen Sampford, an Actress based in Oxfordshire.  

She featured in the feel good film of 2020 Military Wives where she played one of the Choir Members.

Karen talks to us about what the film meant to her personally and how it gave her a depth of understanding to the challenges military spouses face.

As well as acting her other passion is walking around the countryside with her dog Sadie.

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Our guest this week is Martyn Shaw from our coaching programme.

Martyn is an Operations Planning Team Leader for BAE Systems and he's one of our many valued volunteer coaches who provides support and guidance to military spouses through our Career Academy

His commitment and positivity towards the programme has not only supported spouses helping them to achieve their professional goals but it has helped him in his professional ca...

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This week we are honoured to be joined by Beca Lyne-Pirkis - Cook, Food Writer & Presenter.⁠

Beca burst onto our screens in 2013 when she became a semi-finalist in the 4th series of The Great British Bake Off. ⁠

Since leaving the tent, Beca has gone on to have her own cookery TV series on S4C, 2 cookery books - Bwyd Beca/My Food which was out in 2017, and her latest book - Feeding My Army which was published in September 2020. ...

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November 13, 2020 36 min

In this episode we welcome the incredible Gemma Morgan!

Trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Gemma was the first woman to be awarded the Carmen Sword from HRH Princess Royal, for outstanding performance as a young officer. 

A former international athlete, Captaining Wales in lacrosse and competing across three World Cups. Gemma was awarded the ‘Most Valuable Player in Europe’ at the 1997 Championships.
 
Gemma is an Ambassa...

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In this episode we welcome the formidable Lucy Feltham Leonelli, who was introduced to Recruit for Spouses back in 2011 by the charity Heropreneurs

Lucy, an executive search specialist had her eyes opened to underemployment in the military spouse community when she first started working with RFS and was determined to help raise awareness.

We talk about the Journey from helping RFS approach No 10 to her move to LA, her tragic accide...

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