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Morson Forces Ambassador Andy Reid awarded MBE in Queen's honours list
"It's not why I do what I do but it's nice to recognised in such a special way." - Andy
We’re delighted that Morson Forces Ambassador Corporal Andy Reid has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.
Andy has been selected for the MBE on the strength of his services to the veteran community as well as his extensive work helping the disabled in St. Helens.
Morson appointed Corporal Andy Reid as its first official Morson Forces Ambassador in 2018. Andy was injured by a Taliban IED while on patrol with the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, in Afghanistan in 2009 and lost both legs and his right arm. Describing himself as ‘a survivor, not a victim’, Andy’s attitude has seen him become an inspirational motivational speaker and he works closely with Morson to empower its workforce and strengthen the work it does in bridging the gap between the armed forces and ‘civvy street’. Andy’s experience within the armed forces and knowledge of the terminology used by veterans allows him to act as a conduit and interpreter between them and the Morson team.
During his time as Morson Forces Ambassador, Andy has also launched a guide for armed forces leavers looking to transition into civilian life, and helped rail training division Morson Vital Training offer free rail training places.
The Morson Group has been supporting the British military for more than 20 years, with our Morson Forces team comprising a number of ex-military personnel that possess a combined 70+ years’ forces experience. With 20% of our total workforce being ex-military personnel, Morson has some 2,500 workers on assignment on various client projects globally.
Speaking of his award, Andy told Morson “It’s such a fantastic honour to be awarded an MBE, especially in the Queen’s birthday honours list. It’s not the reason why I do what I do – that’s to help people in the same way that I’ve been helped throughout my journey – but it’s nice to be recognised in such as special way and I’m very proud”
Morson CEO Ged Mason said “I’d like to say congratulations to our good friend and ambassador Andy on being included in the honours list for an MBE. I’m absolutely delighted that an award has been given to such a great man. All that he’s done and all that he’s achieved continues to be an inspirational story to many.”
As a reflection of this commitment to armed forces leavers, Morson Forces are the proud owner of the Gold Award from the Employment Recognition Scheme (ERS), which is the MOD’s most prestigious badge of honour awarded to employers that deliver outstanding support for those who serve and have served and set a precedent for industry standards.
Morson Forces also works closely with the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) and British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to ensure smooth recruitment journeys, attending numerous annual events to build an invaluable network.