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1pm - Arrival, registration and refreshments.

1:30pm - Start & Welcome.

1:35pm - Session 1
Keynote - Andy Reid MBE
Andy will share his personal experiences on life in the Armed Forces, the transition process and challenges faced, and life after the Armed Forces.

2:00pm - Session 2
Geoff Prudence, CIBSE FM
Geoff will outline the scope of Facilities Management and services within the Built Environment and discuss areas of opportunity within the sector, for both services personnel and employers. He will also discuss his own experiences involved with supporting and developing people transitioning into FM.

2:25pm - Break and refreshments.

3:05pm - Session 3
Matthew Bull and Geoff O'Donoghue, Acorn Engineering Group
Continuing on from Session 2, Matthew and Geoff will share their experiences in leaving the Armed Forces and how their careers in Facilities Management have developed since.

3:20pm - Session 4
Garrath Williams, JobOppO
Bringing Sessions 2 and 3 together, Garrath will highlight the numerous skillsets that link to the different areas of FM and how there is always help and guidance at hand, for both employee and employer - mentors.

3:35pm - Session 5
Mark Moseley, Heropreneurs
Mark will share his considerable business knowledge and reflect on how his time in the Army has prepared him for tackling the trials and tribulations inherent in running a new business. He will talk about how his military past has helped to shape the organisation as a whole, and how self-employment might be a rewarding avenue to pursue for those considering their next move after the Armed Forces.

3:55pm - Thanks & Finish.

4pm to 5pm - Networking & Drinks.  A cash bar will be available.


In Aid Of

The OppO Foundation


The OppO Foundation has been established to help ex-military personnel, their families and dependants on their return to civilian life.

However life in the military is very different to life as a civilian and support is also needed to help people survive the culture change.

It is also important to recognise that support is not a one-sided affair.  The OppO Foundation also supports the civilian community to welcome and benefit from their return.




​Heropreneurs is a not-for-profit military charity providing practical support to those from the military community in their ambition to create their own business.

With the support and backing of the Government, MOD, veterans' networks, partner charities and industry leaders we are able to provide a free mentoring network guiding them through start-up to scaling.



The Standing Tall Foundation


The Standing Tall Foundation has been established as the Andy Reid Standing Tall CIC to further the charitable aims of William Andrew Reid MBE.  Andy’s wars may be over, but his campaigning continues, this time the enemy is social issues, including homelessness, debt management, relationships and mental health.

As Andy says “these are real people with real needs, not just a set of statistics and I aim to use my Foundation to help meet those needs”.