This Remembrance Day we wanted to share some stories from the ex-forces members and reservists currently working for Red7Marine.

We first spoke with our Head of QHSE and Business Improvement Mark Smith who enlisted into the British Army in 1989 as a Private soldier (Craftsman) in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

Mark progressed to the role of Senior Engineering Operations Manager throughout his 24 years with the Army and left in 2013.

  • Why did you join the armed forces?

I joined the British Army to travel, learn a trade and work in a challenging environment where there is clear progression, incentive, camaraderie and teamwork.

  • What did your role look like day-to-day?

Operational elements, trade elements (Metalsmith), soldiering elements (Operations and deployments/exercises/training away from trade environment), physical elements (PT, Sports, Tests, Outdoor pursuits), educational elements (Military promotion courses and professional development), mentoring opportunities (leadership and coaching), adventure training and sports elements – worldwide.

  • What did you enjoy most about your role in the armed forces?

Progression opportunities, overcoming physical and mental challenges in harsh and demanding environments, life-long bonds, travel, no two days ever being the same.

  • Which skills have you transferred over into your current role?

Resilience, determination, self-motivation, technical knowledge (mechanical engineering), leadership ability, communication/listening skills, resourcefulness, adaptability and planning, hearts and minds approach to achieve aims.

We are incredibly lucky to have Mark and all of the experience he brings to Red7Marine.

Back in 2021, Mark was crowned with the Outstanding Achiever of the Year Award at the Ex-Forces in Business Awards for the commitments he has made to our business. He is a key driver in our mentoring scheme and earlier this year enabled us to achieve the Gold Armed Forces Covenant Award.

Thanks Mark for all of your hard work.