Gold award winners

HRH Prince Harry, Michael Forrest - Director of Organisational Development, Katy Evans - Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Matt House - Consultant Paramedic, Sir Michael Fallon.


We have been presented with an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award from HRH Prince Harry. This is the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious badge of honour for organisations who have demonstrated outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.


We were recognised with the ERS Gold distinction alongside 33 other UK employers for going above and beyond in our pledges under the Armed Forces Covenant and we had previously received the silver award in 2014.


The award presentation took place on Monday 9 October at the Imperial War Museum in London and was hosted by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who said: “This year’s Gold award winners should be extremely proud of the work they are doing to live up to the Armed Forces Covenant pledge and to promote the pledge to others.


“I’m delighted to recognise employers who make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business. I hope others follow their example, thereby delivering a better deal for veterans and armed forces families.”


Derek Cartwright, Chief Executive added: “North West Ambulance Service is extremely proud to support all employees who are part of the Armed Forces Community as we recognise the wealth of transferrable skills they bring from their military training.


“They have a great team ethos, professionalism, exceptional leadership, communication and resilience skills. Our staff are often faced with distressing and challenging situations which is when these skills prove most invaluable; not only in providing outstanding care for our patients but also when supporting fellow colleagues. We are honoured to have received this recognition as we continue to support our current and future armed forces reservists.”