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The Sovini Group appoint Forces Champion for staff

The Sovini Group has appointed a new Forces Champion for staff as part of our continued commitment to the Forces community.

Trainee Management Accountant Ryan Westhoff, who joined the Army Reserves in November last year, will act as a point of contact for colleagues who are interested in becoming a Reservist.

Ryan, who aspires to specialise in a driving role with the armed forces, serves with 156 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps 238 Squadron in Bootle and enjoys a number of benefits as a Reservist, including a salary, tax free bonus and extended leave.

He follows in the footsteps of him Mum and Dad, who both served in the Territorial Army in the same regiment.

Ryan, who is also working towards becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant, said: “I always had in my mind I would join up some day. I was going to wait until after my accountancy exams but after seeing all the work The Sovini Group do with the Armed Forces it felt like the right time for it. It’s been a steep learning curve, people are quite strict. There’s no messing about!”

One of the biggest draws for Ryan, who is currently gearing up for his ‘passing out’ parade this month, was the opportunity to travel the world.

He said: “They offer all types of adventure training around the world. There are two skiing trips a year which I’m really keen to take advantage of. I spend a lot of time at my desk so I just want to get out there and experience things.”

The Sovini Group last year received an Employer Recognition award from the Ministry of Defence for our support of the Armed Forces.

The Group is committed to supporting employees fulfil reservist commitments and last year became the first housing Group in the North West to be awarded the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Ryan says he wouldn’t hesitate recommending the Reserves to others: “There has already been others at work who’ve shown an interest in signing up. As well as all the benefits I’m learning valuable leadership and teamwork skills which I can apply to my job.”

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