Who's Who in SaluteMyJob?
General Sir Nick Parker
Sir Nick Parker left the Army in May 2013 after a 40 year career. Since leaving he has conducted a review into the senior structure of the Police Service in England and Wales. He has mentored senior executives in the extraction, transport, human resources, elite sport and legal sectors. He has led seminars in the Changing Character of War programme at Pembroke College Oxford, and is working with The Partnering Initiative on a programme to improve Global Human Development. He has collaborated with an international human rights lawyer to study the recent Israeli operation in Gaza.
John Ponsonby has served in both the RAF and Army. Having been responsible for fixed and rotary wing flying training, RAF recruiting, individual ab-initio and specialist ground training and oversight of the Air Cadet Organisation he joined AgustaWestland as Senior Vice President Training in 2007.
John became Managing Director, AgustaWestland Ltd in August 2015. John relinquished his functional support responsibilities in October 2016 and retired as Managing Director, Leonardo Helicopters UK, in January 2018.
Brigadier (Retired) Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson left the Army in 2009 after a full career. Having been responsible for Army recruiting for his last 4 years in the Army, on leaving he joined Kenexa, a specialist HR science and technology company, where he was responsible for the company's government business. IBM acquired Kenexa in 2012. Andrew left IBM in 2014 to set up SaluteMyJob.
Aine has worked in the HRO and Recruitment Industry since 1998, first for Lansdowne and then Arinso and NorthgateArinso. Holding Senior Manager and Director positions, implementing and overseeing outsourced services to some of the UK's largest employers. Her specialities include service design and operation, client relations and a core focus on great service through customer and candidate experience
Lieutenant Colonel Jon Penhale
SaluteMyJob Client Relationship Manager
Jon served in the Regular Forces for 16 years as an infantry officer before leaving for Reserve Service. As a Reserve Officer his roles have included Training Major for 6 Rifles and Deputy President at the Army Officer Selection Board, Westbury where he was responsible for the selection of future regular and reserve Army officers; he was also a member of the Reserve Officer Career Review team. He is currently the Commanding Officer of 6 Rifles, a Reserve infantry battalion. Jon set up a commercial recruitment project to support businesses understand and access the talent leaving the Armed Forces, with a focus on supporting Riflemen. He has continued to work in recruitment, with a focus on developing client relationships, for the last 5 years. Jon has also worked as the Operation’s Director for a national charity. At SaluteMyJob, Jon is responsible for helping businesses across the South West understand and access the talent leaving the Armed Forces, combining his experience and knowledge of the Armed Forces and commercial recruitment.
Captain (Retired) Laura Brooke-Smith
Laura enjoyed a fulfilling 10 year career in the Army where she worked as an HR professional, supporting the Human Resource needs of military personnel all over the world including in Afghanistan and Kenya. Throughout this time, Laura managed a team of military HR specialists, responsible for their training and career development. Laura used her resettlement to formalise her HR experience by completing a CIPD qualification. On leaving the Army, she worked as an HR Business Partner for Compass Group.
Corporal (Retired) Francine McKay
Francine served for 13 years in the Royal Air Force as a Photographer and Photographic Manager, working in England, Germany, Poland and Afghanistan during this time. She specialised as a Recruitment Consultant for two years in different Armed Forces Careers Offices. Francine has brought these skills to SaluteMyJob to help ex-military candidates find sustainable and satisfying employment. Francine is an integral part of a candidate's experience and provides assistance along each step of their journey with SaluteMyJob.
Faye is a qualified senior reporter. She has previously worked at the North Devon Journal and The Westmorland Gazette. Faye recently moved to Scotland to live close to her Royal Marine husband. While in Scotland, Faye has been freelance writing; writing blog posts, advertising features and news articles. She is also a keen fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charity and recently took part in a 103-mile yomp to raise money for the charity. Faye is now helping to write the content for SaluteMyJob's blogs and Best Practice guides.