Forces Recruitment Services (Bournemouth & Solent) specialise in placing Ex-Military candidates into Civilian Employment. This includes members of the Armed Forces that are currently leaving, as well as those who have already left.
Nick Hawkins - Regional Director
The Bournemouth and Solent region is operated by Nick Hawkins, who joined Forces Recruitment Services in April 2010. Nick joined the Royal Navy in 1968, completing training at BRNC Dartmouth and serving in a number of different ships, such as HMS Fearless and HMS Apollo, as a seaman officer.
After leaving the RN, Nick started as a trainee sales representative in the printing and packaging industry. After about 4 years of UK sales, Nick went into export sales covering territories in E. Africa and the Far-East.
Following a year working in Kenya, Nick started working in the defence sector, and gained experience as both a Sales and Business Development Manager, selling a wide range of items including military and marine pyrotechnics, offboard countermeasures systems, contract manufacture, weapon handling and launch systems and, latterly, shipbuilding. This involved dealing with all the major UK defence prime contractors, as well as OEMs and SMEs and selling to both the UK Ministry of Defence and a wide range of overseas customers, predominantly in Europe, USA, Middle East, Africa and Far East.