Hi Folks,

The 23rd April, the day before this newsletter was published, was the feast day of St. George – the Patron Saint of England, as well as 20 other countries. His story is said to represent the triumph of good over evil through courage, and the traditional English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry. All of which sounds like excellent things to celebrate. It was also the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare – he gave the English language over 1700 words and phrases, including ‘Hot-blooded’,’Generous’ and ‘Majestic’, and he knew how to throw out an insult – “Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave” – All in all, it was probably a good day to be English 🙂

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Recent Vacancies

Health and Safety Manager (104jc) North Surrey circa £35-8k + Benefits

Associate Consultant (103jc) Maidenhead/UK wide Commission Only

Graduate Embedded Software Engineer (102ne) Middlesex Negotiable (commensurate with experience)

Chartered Engineer (Civil/Structural) St Helena, South Atlantic £50k pa taxable in St Helena plus other non-taxable allowances

Engineering and Design Manager (101jc) Dubai, with Travel Excellent Package

Chartered Engineer (Civil/Structural) St Helena, South Atlantic £50k pa taxable in St Helena plus other non-taxable allowances

Engineering and Design Manager (101jc) Dubai, with Travel Excellent Package

Hawk Airframe/Propulsion Trainer (100jc) Anglesey £27,822.95

Aviation Safety Team Leader (099jc) Anglesey £25,000

Deputy Quality Manager (098jc) Anglesey £30,000

2 x Airframe/Propulsion (Dual Trade) Technician (097jc) Anglesey £19,236

Airframe/Propulsion Supervisor (096jc) Anglesey £24,205.70

Workshop and Fleet General Manager (095jc) Rochester, Kent £35-40k

Senior Product Development Engineer (093ne) Middlesex Negotiable (commensurate with experience)

Senior Power Supply Design Engineer (092ne) Middlesex Negotiable (commensurate with experience)

Senior Project Engineer (091ne) Middlesex Negotiable (commensurate with experience)

Airframe Supervisor (090jc) Anglesey £24,751

Build Crew for Festival Bar Company Various sites – UK £7.50 – £9.00/hour

Electronics/Mechanical Engineer (088jc) Nuneaton, West Midlands £28,000 plus Package

Site Manager Afghanistan to be discussed during the interview

Automotive Training Manager Afghanistan to be discussed during the interview

Security Installation Engineer (087jc) Essex circa £50k

News Round–up

MoD’s latest procurement plan still ‘a mess’

Afghans ‘Thought UK Troops Worked With Taliban’

Ex-military barred from oil and gas industry

Al-Sweady Inquiry: MoD says murder claims are ‘conspiracy’

Bug makes military satellites a hacker target

UK mulls ‘options’ for Gulf army base

RAF foil bomb bid on Afghan convoy

War Graves Destroyed By Vandals

Hugs of sorrow and hugs of joy: The journey downrange and home again

Prime Minister David Cameron says ‘future safe’ for National Memorial Arboretum

War hero with bionic legs overjoyed after receiving MBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle ceremony

Do you have any news you think we should feature, or any areas you’d like us to cover? Email us at:…[email protected]

Events etc.

Here we like to include things for you to visit, attend, donate to or get involved in, should you choose to.

Llandudno Air Show 2014 – 24 May 2014 – Llandudno.

International Port Security – 4-5 June 2014, London.

The British Way of War: Today and Tomorrow – RUSI Land Warfare Conference – 24-25 June 2014, London.

Do you have an event or appeal you’d like us to publicise? Email us at:…[email protected]

Serve On

Serve On is a new charity which is forming 50 volunteer Community Resilience Teams across the UK, staffed by ex-Armed Forces and Emergency Services veterans, gang members, young offenders and the long-term unemployed.

Our teams will help communities in times of flooding, snowstorms, missing persons, fuel strikes, power cuts, epidemics etc., as well as identifying and implementing projects to improve community resilience.

We already have a 40-strong International Response Team who respond to disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis) around the world and train overseas disaster response teams.

Our ambassadors are Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bear Grylls, Maj Gen Arthur Denaro, Maj Gen Mick Laurie and Chris Moon OBE.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, from joining our pilot Community Resilience Team in Wiltshire or helping us with fundraising activities, to introducing us to people or companies who are in a position to provide seed funding.

To get involved, please contact George Hewson on [email protected]

International Pipeline Security Specialist™ Programme

Pipeline Security Specialist™ – Part I (Academic)

  • 18-22 August 2014
  • Exmed UK – Pengethley Park, Nr Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6LL
  • Special UK Introductory Tuition Pricing Offer £995 + VAT

Pipelines and associated facilities are critical infrastructure assets in the transportation of oil, natural gas, refined product and water. The construction and operation of pipeline networks provide excellent working examples of complex linear security protection challenges. The concepts of protecting pipeline assets are applicable to critical infrastructure projects including:

  • rail,
  • maritime,
  • road,
  • air,
  • electrical production,
  • communications
  • and fibre optic networks.

This highly interactive course utilises immersion training techniques. Using ‘Key Concepts’ and the ‘Lessons Learned’ in international pipeline security projects, candidates working as members of a specialty security team, will:

  • Understand the critical processes and security challenges in the three distinct phases of a Critical Infrastructure – Pipeline project
  • Identify vulnerable locations and key assets by learning how to recognise methods of target assessment and attack from the perspective of the pipeline network adversary
  • Learn the Pipeline Security Specialist. Team Concept, specific functions and skill-sets
  • Understand methods to document and develop a comprehensive Network Asset Database (NAD™)
  • Discuss effective incident response and investigation strategies
  • Learn methods to document a comprehensive Incident Scene Database (ISD™)
  • Recognise adversary Preferencing™ in target assessment and attack methodology
  • Understand how to analyse incident information using NAD™, ISD™ and Preferencing™ to forecast potential incident locations and adversary methodology

Registration and Tuition payments will be processed by Exmed UK Limited.

Download the leaflet (PDF) for full details

Online MBA

The most highly regarded international MBA’s programmes have precise entry qualifications, usually stated as one of the following:

  • A degree from a recognised university.
  • A suitable GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Council) score.
  • A suitable GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) score.

However, a number of the best universities will allow entry to individuals who they see as having professional management experience, provided that they are academically capable.

Anglia Ruskin University is one of these and was chosen particularly for Servicemen and women as it runs online MBAs through its IT partners LSM.

Services experience had to be mapped against security management skills in Civvy Street to establish eligibility. This system spawned the title ‘MBA for Security Management’ although the qualification is a generic MBA. Students have to write a report as part of their studies and the system allows this report to be based on military experience. Furthermore, the route to this MBA is via a course on strategy, which is a familiar path for people with rank.

Additionally, there is a Foundation Course that is ideal for Services personnel who feel they need an academic starter.

The Anglia Ruskin University MBA is suitable for management in all professions and it is achievable by those with a military background due to the security management connection.

Anglia Ruskin University qualify this online MBA. It is particularly suitable for Servicemen and women who have held rank.

For more information on MBAs, contact Bob Dyson:

Email: [email protected]


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Husband Down

A husband and wife are shopping in their local ASDA

The husband picks up a case of Tennants and puts it in their trolley.

‘What do you think you’re doing?’ asks the wife.

‘They’re on sale, only £10 for 24 cans’ he replies.

‘Put them back, we can’t afford them’ demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a £20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.

‘What do you think you’re doing?’ asks the husband.

‘It’s my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,’ replies the wife.

Her husband retorts:

‘So does 24 cans of Tennants and it’s half the price.’ — He never knew what hit him.

Many thanks to Nick Ridout for that one 🙂 If you want to contribute to the jokes in this newsletter, just send them in — email us at:…[email protected]. For various reason we can't always include them in the newsletter, but we always appreciate them 🙂


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