Keeping the covenant: Cadent marks 75th anniversary of end of World War Two with launch of new group for veteran and reservist employees

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  • On 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two Cadent officially launches new employee group for veterans and reservist employees   
  • Cadent actively support service leavers entering the business, current reservists and those that have previously served.
  • Announcement follows Cadent’s signing of the Armed Forces Covenant last year 
As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War Two Britain’s largest gas distribution network has officially launched the Cadent Military Community.
Aimed at employees who are either Armed Forces veterans, serving reservists or both, its hoped the new group will help bridge the gap between the military and civilian life.
Members attended a special ceremony to mark the creation of the new group at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday 2 September, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, when the Japanese signed formal surrender documents aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
The new group was set up by Cadent Safety Assurance Specialist and Army Reservist Nic Anderson, who until recently was serving full-time with 7th Battalion the Rifles, having been called up to assist Operation Rescript, the military operation to assist the UK’s response to coronavirus.
Nic said: “I was aware of quite a few people across Cadent who were either Armed Forces veterans or who were serving in the Reserves.
“However, we didn’t have an internal group where we could share our respective experiences and challenges or arrange group activities, so I approached Cadent about setting something up and they’ve been incredibly supportive in helping us get this group up and running.”
The group now has its own internal Yammer social network group and there are plans for future activities based around national events such as Remembrance Day. The group is also working with Cadent’s HR department to help ensure the company is a welcoming place for veterans and reservists.
David Mounfield, Cadent, Resilience and Security Manager, who previously served in the Royal Military Police, helps run the group with Nic.
He said: “We’re really proud to lead this employee group that exist to inspire, attract, recruit, develop and retain people who have either served or are serving with the military within the business.
“Service life is known for its camaraderie, team work and complex tasks where diverse groups work together towards a common goal. This group helps us to ensure we’re a welcoming and supportive place for veterans and reservists, allowing them to show their worth within our business.”
Cadent Chief People Officer Martin Rimmer said:We are proud signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant and actively support service leavers entering the business as well as our current reservists and those who have previously served.
 “We hope the new group will help ensure Cadent continues to grow as a diverse and inclusive organisation, allowing us to be truly representative of the communities we serve.”
 
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