From athlete's to army veterans the Morson Ambassadors programme partners with inspiring individuals who can motivate and educate our clients, candidates and employee's.
Our ambassadors are from different backgrounds with a range of life experiences, but they all share a drive, determination and integrity which is why they are part of the Morson family.
From breaking down barriers with mental health and raising autism awareness to championing women in the workplace and resettlement, our ambassadors bring new perspectives and positive influence.
Current Morson Ambassadors include:
Andy Reid | Afghanistan army veteran and author of 'Andy Reid - Standing Tall'
Corporal Andy Reid lost both his legs and right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. After spending only 2 weeks in hospital before returning home after his injury, Andy is a testament to overcoming adversity with a positive mindset.
Andy was chosen as a Morson Ambassador as his determination and optimism means that he is a role model, not only for the forces, but for the wider community.
The partnership between Morson and Andy aims to get more ex-forces personnel into employment by using his knowledge of the forces community in conjunction with Morson's recruitment expertise.
I hope to develop the relationship with Morson by helping to recruit more armed forces personnel. There’s a lot of guys out their who’ve got great skills and when they leave the armed forces some of those skills aren’t used anymore. I can see where within Morson Group those skills can be used. There’s a lot that the armed forces can offer when they leave service and Morson is an ideal place for them to explore that.
We hope this partnership will develop and grow, making a real difference to the resettlement of forces personnel.
Adrian Head, Morson client development manager, who knows Andy well explains why Andy Reid is such an inspiration and a great ambassador for Morson…
Andy’s been through a lot of adversity himself, but he doesn’t lose sight of people who are less fortunate than he is. He’s able to connect with these people. He understands that coming out of a period of the navy, army or airforce and trying to transition across into civvy street can be difficult.
Morson have a demonstrable track record of putting ex-forces people into work, assignments and permanent employment and we want to build on this. We want to put that something back and Andy is going to be able to help us do that.
We caught up with Morson fighter Nathan Gorman to discuss his last fight and what it's like to have Tyson Fury as a sparring partner. The Hatton-trained Nantwich based heavyweight last fought in October with a points victory over Polish fighter Kamil Sokolowski, his first rounds since fighting on the undercard of Flanagan v Hooker in June. He reflects on what was an unusual fight for him; "It was good to get 8 rounds under my belt and it was very pleasing for me but I got an injury to my hand in the first round. Obviously my intention was to get the knockout and it took my off guard. Within the first 30 seconds I threw a big right hand and it caught him on top of the head and I felt somethnig swell up in my glove and I thought this hasn't happened to me before. So I had to get back to the corner, adjust to the injury and we got the points victory so we take it from there." Tyson Fury is among those to train at Hatton's gym in Hyde. A name that has been in news a lot recently with his well-documented struggles with depression and his miraculous comeback fights, Gorman talks about his presence and how it's helped him. "He's very inspiring. He came through the door last year at 30 stone and he said he'd fight Deontay Wilder within a year. I thought to lost 10st, 12st within a year is a big ask - that's an average person. And within a year he's had two comeback fights and he's fought Deontay Wilder, probably the most dangerous heavyweight puncher in the world and he should be at home now with a WBC belt. But it's one of those things, I'm sure he'll get the rematch. When he's in the gym after sparring he'll give me little pointers with what I should do and shouldn't do. Who's better as a sparring partner than the former unified world champion? It's great." The peak of Fury's comeback was the controversial draw with Deontay Wilder in November and Gorman also gave his feedback on how he thought the result should have been. "I thought it was a robbery definitely. Without being biased, I'd give Tyson eight rounds and Wilder four. One judge had it two to three rounds in favour of Wilder which is ridiculous because in my opinion Wilder didn't touch him in those rounds." We'll be catching up with Nathan Gorman after his fight and we wish him all the best.Find out more
Morson launch 50th anniversary celebrations by pledging to donate to 50 different worthy causes throughout the year. In 2019 Morson will celebrate half a century in business. To honour this land mark we have embarked on a programme of events, with charity and community at the heart. During the next 12 months we plan for every office worldwide across the Group to take part, nominating a charity in that region to support. Closer to home we are embarking to help the local community as part of our ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme by providing donations each week to help schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, youth projects, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area, beginning in January. In addition we will be working to raise money for our 2019 employee-chosen charities, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. As part of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Ministry of Defence Gold Award one of our charity nominations this year reflects our continued work towards helping ex-forces veterans into civilian careers. Through this activity we aim to have our best ever year of fundraising, giving £500,000 throughout the year and surpassing the record of £160,000 raised in 2016. In the last 10 years we've raised over £2million for worthy causes throughout the UK such as Salford University, the Seashell Trust, Destination Florida and Alzheimer's Society. Morson Group was formed by Gerry Mason, the late father of our current CEO Ged Mason, in the family home in Salford in 1969. Since formation, the head office of the company has never moved more than two miles away from its original location. We now occupy state-of-the-art premises on Centenary Way on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and this relationship with the local area is something that we are keen to celebrate throughout the year. “Manchester has always been a fantastic and vibrant place to conduct business. From our first office at our family home, to our current corporate headquarters, we have enjoyed working within the diverse and exciting business culture Manchester provides and we are proud of our roots.” - Ged Mason, CEO Growing to become the third largest technical recruiter in the world and the UK’s leading aerospace and rail recruiter, turning over more than £900million, we have a proud history, providing talent to many major engineering projects such as Channel Tunnel, Crossrail, Airbus A380, A350 and Eurofighter aircraft as well as nuclear power stations Sellafield and Sizewell. To mark our land mark anniversary we will be releasing a commemorative book which will chart both the history of the business as well as the growth and development of Manchester itself with interviews and features from several famous Mancunians – many of whom are associated with Morson. A digital time capsule will amplify the celebration of our achievements through an immersive online experience, which will take the user through the company's past, present and future. Both of these initiatives will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from horse racing, to ex-Manchester United players, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and the newly-crowned WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith, to Sale Sharks and more. To give back to the people who make Morson a success, a celebration event in July will bring our employees from all over the world together. Ged is keen to take the opportunity of our 50th year to reflect on how the business has grown and look forward to the future. “It’s great to live up to the company core value of giving and sprinkling some star dust where we can. I'm very proud of the Morson family and where we are now. As much as we are looking back when we celebrate our birthday, it's important that we look forward and keep driving on, at all times remembering that our greatest asset is our people. As my father used to say, 'there is no finish line, and that is the challenge.'” Morson have been re-thinking recruitment since 1969. Click here to find your next opportunity with us. For the latest updates on our 50th celebrations follow us @MorsonGroup #WeAre50Find out more
The Smith brothers are boxing's most successful family. Throughout their careers the brothers have scooped British, WBO and WBC titles between them, and in in 2013, the family made history when three of the brothers claimed the British light-middleweight (Liam), super-featherweight (Stephen), and super-middleweight (Paul) belts at the same time. In September 2018, youngest brother Callum added a WBSS win to the collection along with the WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight world titles. Hosted by Morson, join Callum, Liam, Stephen and Paul Smith for an intimate Q&A session in the heart of their home city of Liverpool, as they discuss their illustrious careers, Callum's recent WBA super middleweight title win and how they've used their time under the bright lights on fight nights to raise awareness of a condition close to their hearts - autism. This is a ticketed event - please register your place hereFind out more
DIVERSITY AND ROLE MODELS | 5 MIN READ Senior leaders should use their position to drive the gender diversity conversation 'Seeing is believing' is extremely powerful Role models must be diverse if we’re to truly champion inclusion Adrian Adair is Morson's chief operating officer and a Northern Power Women role model. With the Northern Power Women Future and Power List released this week, he speaks about the importance of role models in senior leadership and why they are vital to encourage women to realise their potential. Operating in traditionally male-dominated sectors, the Morson Group has long been a vocal contributor to the gender diversity conversation. Women remain underrepresented in certain sectors, such as Tech and Engineering, and whilst progress is being made, there is still plenty of unlocked potential out there. Regardless of the industry, we strive to attract the best talent for our customers, and a more diverse and rich pool is fundamental to that. Dated stereotypes still depict engineering, and other technical careers, as a man’s domain; and this is exactly what we are challenging by showcasing the great female talent that we already have. The more we can do to increase the visibility of women in technical roles, the more likely a school leaver will consider STEM a viable career path. The concept of ‘seeing is believing’ is extremely powerful, with studies showing that female students are more likely to choose particular careers when they’re exposed to situations and scenarios where they can imagine themselves in their shoes. Our ‘Diversity in Engineering’ campaign uses video and written interviews to showcase inspirational females from all walks of life, who demonstrate the variety of roles available and the many different routes into engineering. By providing relatable role models to the younger generation to look up to, and take inspiration from, we hope to break down some of the barriers and encourage more women into the field; whilst also providing a positive platform to encourage career transitioning from females already working in other sectors. Morson is also a Girls’ Network partner, having helped to launch their Salford division. The Girls’ Network empowers young females from the least advantaged communities to be ambitious and reach their aspirations by matching them with a positive female mentor, and some of the Morson team are now acting as mentors as part of the initiative. Role models must also be diverse if we’re to truly champion inclusion and challenge the status quo. Within the Morson Group, we partner our mentees with like-minded senior mentors. Rather than being gender-based, these partnerships are carefully selected to deliver real collaboration, which within our own business, is helping us to improve female representation among our senior management teams, and in the future, at board level. Openly sharing and challenging your weaknesses and capitalising on your strengths, especially from a male perspective, is extremely powerful and works to break down any prejudice and barriers to success. As senior leaders, it’s important that we use our position to drive the gender diversity conversation, to run campaigns, and to show that there are plenty of opportunities out there for women, particularly in industries such as tech, science, and engineering. Morson are sponsors of the Innovation category and Future’s List of the Northern Power Women Awards, which furthers our commitment to diverse, future talent.Find out more