Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

121 Systems Ltd was awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award on Thursday, 6th October 2022.

The event took place at the University of Northhampton.

James Saunder Watson presented the silver award, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northampton and Colonel Sam Plant MBE, Deputy Commander, 7th Light mechanised Brigade Combat Team.

121 Systems has a history of current and past armed forces personnel in the team, including Managing Director Chris Sisson, who served in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, serving in the reconnaissance platoon with Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers OBE, then Keith was his sergeant!

Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of his passion and drive to help young people better understand the Army and to bust persistent damaging myths.

Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers from Sutton in Ashfield leads the Army Community Engagement team based at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell. The team helps young people to understand the Army better and to bust persistent damaging myths.

Lieutenant Colonel Spiers has pioneered unlocking and delivering ways for the Army to engage meaningfully with thousands of young people, particularly girls and diverse communities, including primary school children.

On learning of his award, 54-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers, who grew up in Aspley, said: “I am deeply honoured to have been awarded the OBE and feel overwhelmed.

“This award reflects the whole team’s work – a team that fully supports the concept and is a privilege to lead. We have worked with young people for the past four years, challenging their perceptions of the Army and delivering fun and challenging activities, hopefully inspiring and giving them the confidence to reach their career aspirations and goals, whatever they may be. Knowing that our work connects with and changes young people’s perceptions and lives is a privilege. To be honoured in this way leaves me without words.”

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