Gold Network meets at RM Condor

October 2, 2023
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Members of the Highland Gold Network at the RM Condor memorial.

Highland RFCA’s Highland Gold Network (HGN) met on 13 September to once again share best practice in advocacy and support for the Armed Forces.

The meeting was hosted by the Royal Marines Charity and held at RM Condor in Arbroath. The charity is a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award holder, receiving the accolade last year.

Guests (pictured, above, in the Woodlands Garden of remembrance) were given a welcome brief by the Commanding Officer of 45 Commando Group, Lieutenant Colonel Alex Nixon.

Lt Col Nixon said: “I think the dedication and commitment that you show to the Armed Forces is absolutely fantastic. What you do by the support you provide them, makes them feel a part of society. I am really pleased that there is such a large group of businesses that we partner with.”

Nick Holloway (Relationship Manager for Scotland and former Royal Marine) then gave a brief on the Royal Marines Charity and what it does.

Members of the Highland Gold Network at the RM Condor memorial.
The memorial gardener explaining the significance of the garden’s layout.

The meeting saw several new members being welcomed into the Highland Gold Network by Chair Stephen Massetti, Director of National Operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

They were Donut Pig Digital Media; Flagship Maritime Ltd; Moray Council; NHS Highland; NHS Tayside; The MacRobert Trust; and Trident IES.

Representatives from each new member had the opportunity to explain their role within their organisation and how its Armed Forces Network is structured.

Following the meeting attendees were given a tour of the Woodlands Garden at Condor, with the significance of its layout explained.

Lunch was served in the Officers' Mess.
RM Condor’s Officers’ Mess.

The event was rounded off with lunch in the Officers’ Mess.

Other attendees represented Aberdeen City Council; Abertay University; Angus Council; Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce; Fife Chamber of Commerce; IED Training Solutions Ltd; the Scottish Ambulance Service; West Dunbartonshire Council; Wood PLC; and Financial Consultant Louise Worrall.

Regional Employer Engagement Director Roy McLellan and Employer Engagement Administration Officer Hayley Munro represented Highland RFCA.

Find out more about the Highland Gold Network.

Find out more about the Woodlands Garden.