Aquila is Awarded with the Corporate Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award
Aquila – Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) has been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award. This is great news for the company which was awarded the Bronze level Award shortly after signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant in October 2017.
The Corporate Covenant is a UK Government initiative which encourages UK businesses to employ and support ex- service and serving men and women.
The Review Body responsible for making the award recognised that Aquila, while still a very young company, had already shown an outstanding commitment to its Reservists and Veterans alike.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP said:
“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community. The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
Mike Stoller, CEO of Aquila ATMS said “I am delighted that Aquila has been able to reach Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award Status building on our bronze award last year. As a company we are very proud to be able to support to those who are serving, or have served, in the military and this will continue to be a very important part of what we are about as an organisation."
Aquila ATMS secures the Cyber Essentials Certification
Aquila Air Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) has announced that they have secured the Cyber Essentials Certification.
Aquila ATMS has made a significant step in its Cyber Security campaign by securing a pass in the Cyber Essentials Certification. This puts the company in an excellent position to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus certification and publicly demonstrates our commitment towards cyber security.
The Cyber Essentials scheme provides Aquila ATMS with guidance and support to protect our most sensitive data stored on all our devices which connect to the internet. This is vital to keep our own and customer’s data safe and secure.
Mark Davis, Aquila ATMS Head of Business Systems and Support, said “It was crucial that Aquila achieved this certification. Our main contract is with the MOD; they place a requirement on us to ensure that we protect their data appropriately. We can now reassure our customer that our IT systems are consistent with cyber secure best practice. Our next step is to quickly obtain the Cyber Essentials Plus certificate and be within the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP).”
Aquila team meets Hounds for Heroes
Aquila Air Traffic Management Services has selected Hounds for Heroes as their charity of the year for 2018. The decision to support the charity follows a visit to the Aquila team by Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes Chairperson and Founder. Allen, who was supported on his visit by Julian Forth, a Trustee at Hounds for Heroes and, EJ and Rookie, two of the specially trained Hounds for Heroes dogs, inspired the Aquila team so much that they have now developed an events calendar to raise as much money as possible for the local charity.
Armed with posters, leaflets, collecting tins and two dogs, Allen was welcomed by more than 40 Aquila staff when he visited their offices in Whiteley, Nr Fareham.
After suffering a traumatic head injury in 1991, whilst serving in the British Navy during the tail end of operation desert storm, Allen was hospitalised for 5 years. Allen’s injuries were severe. So much so that during his recovery he lost his short -term memory and had no recollection of his wife, Sandra, or his children.
Thankfully, and purely by chance, things were to take a turn for the better when, after years of rehabilitation, Allen met an assistant dog named Endal. Not only did Endal complete everyday tasks for Allen, the highly trained dog also improved Allen’s mental health and really brought him out of himself, giving him a new focus and sense of purpose.
Based on his own experience, Allen quickly understood the benefits a dog like Endal could bring to others with severe injuries and set about ensuring other wounded service men and women could have the same opportunity, and hence Hounds for Heroes was born.
Training dogs like Endal is expensive but the team at Aquila are determined to help raise as much money as they can to make sure there are more Hounds for Heroes to provide much needed support our incredible military men and women.
Since Allen’s visit a fundraising events calendar has been developed where all staff can get involved in events such as quiz nights, skittles evening, tough mudder run and a military band event.
For more information about Hounds for Heroes, click here.
Blesma Thank Aquila for Generous Support
For the last 18 months, Aquila has been supporting Blesma as their Charity of the Year.
In those 18 months staff based at the firm have ran miles, cycled the length of the UK, baked fabulous cakes, dressed down, jumped out of planes and ran a few quiz nights. Aquila representatives Kate Todd, HR Consultant, and Nicola Denbigh, Communications Specialist, presented the cheque of just over £8700 to Ian Waller, Operations Director at Blesma.
Associate Fundraising Director at Blesma, Barbara Warner said “Blesma is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the loss of use of a limb or eyes. We are very grateful to everyone at Aquila for raising such a brilliant amount and the money will be used to provide welfare support, advice, care and grants to help our veterans lead independent and fulfilling lives.”
Aquila signs up to the Armed Forces Covenant
David Wilson, our CEO, signs the Armed Forces Covenant with Air Commodore Ian Gale as the witness.
Aquila has announced that it has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, a government-led, initiative designed to ensure that those who have served in the armed forces get the same access to services and opportunities as the civilian community.
The Covenant - which sets out a framework for the relationship between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces - was jointly signed at RAF High Wycombe, the headquarters of the Royal Air Force, by Air Commodore Ian 'Windy' Gale, Senior Responsible Owner - Command Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Programmes at Royal Air Force, and David Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Aquila -ATMS.
On signing the Covenant, Air Commodore Gale said "On behalf of the military, I am really pleased to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant with Aquila. Our organisations are already working closely together on Project Marshall a programme that will deliver the next generation of military air traffic management capability. Project Marshall in many ways symbolises what this Covenant is all about as it is a programme where regular, reservist, former members, and family members of the Armed Forces work alongside their civilian counterparts. This commitment by Aquila to the Covenant will be fully appreciated by all our armed forces community."
David Wilson, Chief Executive at Aquila commented, "We are delighted to be able to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and join other firms across Britain committed to ensuring those who serve or have served our country are better supported. We are proud to have had several veterans and reservists on our team at Aquila each of whom have brought to our organisation a wide variety of transferrable skills and qualities they have developed through their military careers."
Aquila Employees raise over £2000 for Blesma in Debut Marathon Race
Three employees from Aquila-ATMS have raised more than £2000 for Blesma, the charity for Limbless veterans, after taking part in their first ever marathon.
Colleagues Nicki Denbigh, Dan Green and David Johnson – who are all based at Aquila’s head office in Whiteley, Fareham - completed the gruelling 26.2-mile Brighton Marathon course on April 9, one of the hottest April days on record - a task made even more challenging by the fact that it was the first time any of the team had completed a full marathon.
The three runners were inspired to take part in the race after learning about the incredible work that Blesma, Aquila’s charity of the year, does for Limbless veterans. The colleagues put in hours of training in the weeks leading up to the race, gradually building up the distance they could run. It was training that all paid off as they were eventually able to complete the challenging course in under 5 hours.
David Johnson, the team pacer, said “Knowing we had raised a significant amount of money from friends, family and colleagues really kept us going especially in the latter stages of the race when we hit what marathon runners call “the wall” somewhere around mile 22.”
Nicki, Dan and David helped each other through the race, giving each other encouragement, sharing food and ensuring they each stopped for regular water breaks. Now that the aches and pains and blisters have all subsided, the three runners are already planning their next marathon.
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
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Aquila appoints supply chain specialists
The supply chain expert, Flex has been appointed as a logistics partner by Aquila Air Traffic Management Services.
Aquila is a joint venture between NATS, the UK air navigation services specialist and Thales, the primary supplier of equipment and services for the UK Air Traffic Management industry.
AQUILA is delivering the UK Ministry of Defence ‘Marshall Project,’ providing Air Traffic Management Services to 65 MoD airfields across the UK and overseas, including equipment upgrades to radios and radars.
Flex’s role will be to provide a reverse logistics service, ensuring that any parts and equipment that need replacing can be quickly sourced and supplied. . This could range from standard electrical kit through to highly specialised aviation-based equipment.
Justin Barratt, Managing Director at Aquila, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Flex as our Service Provider for Logistics and Warehouse services. Not only did Flex offer us excellent value for money but also a clear commitment to being responsive and proactive which will in turn enable us to delight our customer and meet their requirements throughout the delivery of our service.”
Mike Meades, General Manager of Flex UK, says: “We are an established provider of international reverse logistics services with clients including Sony, Phillips and John Lewis. With our breadth of experience in this market and in-depth knowledge, we are ideally placed to deliver a first class service to Aquila.
Expedition Shining Endeavour
Wing Commander Robin Stedman, Officer Commanding the School of Air Operations Control pictured receiving the sponsorship cheque from David Hawken, Service Delivery Director at Aquila.
Aquila ATMS sponsor a team from the Defence College of Airspace Control in their quest to climb Mera Peak, Nepal, in November 2017. The expedition, named Shining Endeavour, has been designed to mark the merger of the School of Air Operations Control (SAOC), RAF Shawbury and the School of Aerospace Battle Management (SABM), RAF Boulmer. Staff from both schools will be taking part in the expedition which aims to create lasting bonds between the two groups as they move forward as the newly formed Air Operations Branch.
The team – which will be led by Wing Commander Robin Stedman, Officer Commanding the SAOC – will engage in several training exercises across the UK before flying out to Lukla, in the heart of the Everest region, at the end of October, from where they will begin the 18-day trek. The team intend to summit Mera Peak on Armistice Day from where they will observe a 2-minute silence in one of the most testing environments on the planet. The effects of high altitude are such that the team are expecting it to take 14 days to reach the summit of Mera Peak compared to a mere 4 days for the descent. The first training trek took place in the Yorkshire Dales at the end of June with further training events planned in the run up to the expedition.
Speaking about the challenge Wing Commander Stedman said, “There is no doubt this will be a very challenging expedition, both environmentally and physically. Our success will be totally dependent on our ability to bring together the right skills, planning and training and then pull it all together under one seamless team.”
Royal International Air Tattoo
Several members of the Aquila Team, led by Chief Executive David Wilson, represented the company at the recent Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The event is the biggest military air show in the World and attracts visitors, aircrew and senior military personnel from across the globe. As such, RIAT, which is organised by Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, provides an excellent opportunity for networking and discussions with senior representatives of Air Command and industry. As in previous years, NATS and Thales shared a chalet at the show and a team from NATS provided the Air Traffic Control service for the event.