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Morson Ambassadors

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STANDING TALL WITH MORSONAndy's story has inspired those at Morson and beyond, and as our official ambassador watch the video to find out how he will now work to help other ex-forces members transition into a civilian life with the help of our expert recruiters >

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:

SPOTLIGHT ON...

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.

Andy explains:

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.

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    "It Was Robbery!" Nathan Gorman on Fury v Wilder Result And His Warrington v Frampton Undercard Fight

    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.

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    Morson Launch 50th Anniversary Celebrations with '50 Weeks of Giving' Campaign

    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 #WeAre50

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    Event | Meet The Smiths | Fighting For Autism With Boxing's Most Famous Family

    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 here​

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    Adrian Adair on The Power of Role Models in Championing Gender Diversity

    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.

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    International Women's Day - Proud To Announce Simone Roche, Northern Power Women CEO, as Morson Diversity Ambassador

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY | 5 MIN READ We are delighted to announce our official Morson Diversity Ambassador, Simone Roche Meet Morson's Northern Power Women representatives Find out more about the Morson Equals Opportunites campaign which is set to revolutionise how the business engages with candidates online (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Morson is delighted to announce our official Morson diversity ambassador, CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche MBE. Simone will become our first diversity champion and joins a growing list of existing Morson ambassadors across business, sport and the armed forces. Simone launched Northern Power Women when she saw the need to focus gender balance in the northern powerhouse region, with the goal of making the North a driving force. Her career has taken her from scaling the ranks of the Royal Navy to roles at Aintree Racecourse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the London Olympics. However, it was when she became director for a campaign supporting women in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry and subsequently became a champion for the Government Equalities Office that gender equality became her passion. In her role as Morson diversity ambassador, Simone will actively promote our commitment to diversity to engage the network of current and future leaders. Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer at Morson, said “There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. As a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out. That’s why we’re delighted to add Simone as an ambassador.” Simone said “I’m delighted to become a diversity ambassador for Morson. The organisation, along with many of its clients, are a huge player in the Northern Powerhouse and the Northern Power Women initiative has been working closely with Morson for some time. I’m looking forward to taking my passion for addressing gender equality into this role and joining an impressive list of ambassadors from other fields.” Morson's Northern Power Women Representatives Adrian Adair, Morson COO and Northern Power Women Role Model With almost 20 years of experience in recruitment, Adrian Adair is Chief Operations Officer at Morson International. Adrian identifies the right internal talent to drive both Morson International and the wider Morson Group forward to achieve its goal of becoming a £1billion turnover business. He has identified the future boardroom, ensuring it’s diverse, equal and inclusive – all factors that are regarded highly throughout Morson International’s own recruitment strategy for itself and those of its clients. Samantha Price, Morson Head of Client Engagement and Northen Power Women Future List 2018 Leading Morson Group’s Equality and Diversity Champions Board and Women in Industry campaign, Sam has delivered a programme of transformational change within the business. Her commitment to improving gender balance through partnerships with organisations like the Girls’ Network, which empowers young females from disadvantaged communities to reach their aspirations, will leave a lasting legacy within the Morson Group. She has proven that diversity isn’t a buzz word, lip service won’t bring more diversity to male-dominated sectors but can-do kick-ass women like Sam just might, inspiring candidates & employers to embrace change. She champions both women in engineering and female talent within our business, positioning them as subject experts and trusted client advisors – which benefits our clients, candidate and employees. Rebekah Lee, Morson Head of Marketing and Northern Power Women Future List 2019 As head of marketing for Morson Group, I operate in sectors hardest hit by imbalances and work to actively attract talent from untapped pools, ensuring there are no barriers in place to hold talented people back. I am passionate about promoting diversity that goes beyond gender, working hard to challenge stigmas, open conversations and invite collaboration. The ‘Morson Equals Opportunities’ campaign is set to be my most important project to date, revolutionising how the business engages with our candidates online. A suite of accessibility tools, including solutions for visitors with dyslexia, visual impairment and learning difficulties, embedded into our website will enable 27% more of the UK population to access our online content than could previously. This campaign, combined with our new Group website, which utilises the latest tech to enhance the candidate journey, will deliver commercial benefits by uncovering a wealth of talent and further position Morson as a leader for EDI. Seeing the male-dominated industry in which I work as an opportunity to impact real change, I have developed powerful partnerships with organisations such as the Sale Sharks Community Trust, to break down attitudes with regards to masculinity and mental health. Inclusion into the Future List serves to empower this work which aims to transform the way people view mental health; opening up conversations, reducing stigma and encouraging cultural change.” Morson is particularly proud this year to be announced as the new sponsor for the NPW Future List and Innovation Award, alongside the headline sponsor, Manchester Airports Group, who have partnered with NPW for the past two years. Read more here.

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    Hand-ups Not Handouts | Morson Forces Offer Free Ex-Forces Rail Training

    MORSON FORCES | 4 MIN READ Morson Vital Training’s (MVT) scheme of offering free rail training to ex-forces personnel stems from the heart-warming story of veteran Andy Reid and his friend Alex Kemp. With the story now across the national media, we spoke to Andy, MVT and Step Forward Homes to find out more. “We knew the free rail training would give him the opportunity to get into a healthier, safer lifestyle with a roof over his head. It’s about giving these people a hand-up, not a handout.” (function () { var e = document.createElement('script'); e.type = 'text/javascript'; e.async = true; e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https' : 'http') + '://btn.createsend1.com/js/sb.min.js?v=3'; e.className = 'createsend-script'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(e, s); })(); Andy Reid has been Morson Group’s ex-forces ambassador for the last 12 months. A veteran of the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, Andy’s life was changed forever in October 2009 he lost both of his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving in Afghanistan. “The guys gave me immediate first aid and got me onto a stretcher and back to the forward operating base. A young guy called Alex Kemp was there, and he rushed into the tent with the doctor and between them they gave me life-saving first aid” recalls Andy. Being section commander during the tour of Afghanistan, Andy and his fellow soldiers formed strong bonds living together in camp. “Alex was a very young lad, just 18 years old at the time. Strangely, he was the third oldest guy in the section. So to him, I wasn’t just a commander and leader, I was also a kind of father figure as well I think.” This bond would prove to be a lasting one, and Andy reached out to Alex when it became clear that he was going through a bad time: “I was really proud that when Alex fell on hard times due to his PTSD and his relationship breaking down that he had the mental strength and courage to reach out to me. I wanted to help him. I knew he had complex issues and needed mental health guidance, counselling and help with accommodation and employment. He’d always mentioned that he wanted to work on the railway. So with my connections as a brand ambassador for Morson and Step Forward Homes, I knew I could help.” Step Forward Homes are a not-for-profit organisation based in Knutsford, Cheshire. They provide new build, affordable homes to Britain’s armed forces and emergency services personnel. “We look to also provide on-going support for ex-forces veterans” said Gary Metcalf, a representative from the organisation. “We’ve helped over 200 soldiers over the last three years and plan on helping another 1,000 over the next three. Crucial to Alex’s ability to sustain one of these homes was regular income. Unemployed and with a minor drug habit, Alex was in a situation he was struggling to see a way out of without help. At the Morson annual conference, Andy spoke with Matthew Leavis, head of UK training for Morson Group. Morson have a long history of working with ex-forces men and women across multiple sectors, and at any time have upwards of 500 veterans deployed in civilian roles. When Matt met Alex, it was clear that something needed to be done to help him out, and so the idea of free rail training for ex-forces personnel was born. “I was introduced to Alex and I spent a bit of time getting to know about his story and I found it incredibly moving,” said Matt. “I think one of the key drivers for me in terms of helping him was the fact that Gary and Step Forward Homes had promised a house based on the fact that he had sustainable employment.” “We knew the rail training would give him the opportunity to get into a healthier, safer lifestyle with a roof over his head” said Andy. “Fast forward slightly, and we worked with Alex over a six week period to make sure he was ready to go into the training course and ready to take advantage of the opportunities given” said Matt. “Then he joined the course.” Seeing the profound effect the free training had on Alex’s life, Andy and Matt decided that it might be beneficial to offer this to a wider audience. Using Andy’s network of contacts, an open session was organised at Morson Vital Training’s head office in Salford to offer places on the training course and as a result of this a further three veterans have completed their training. Morson remain committed to expanding the offering of the free rail training courses to many more ex-forces veterans and further developing their offering. “Ex-forces people have a really high level, transferrable skillset, so fingers crossed this partnership with Andy and Step Forward Homes will make a huge difference to many people. This isn’t about making a profit, it’s about making a difference.” said Matt.

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