Forces Recruitment Solutions Group Ltd 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.
Graham Brown - Managing Director
Graham joined the Army in 1987 as a musician, completing a one-year course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and serving as a medic in the first Gulf War. He left the Army in 1993 to pursue a career in sales and spent eight years in media sales working initially for the education specialist, Hobsons Publishing selling on print and electronic graduate and undergraduate titles. From there, he was headhunted to be Sales Manager of The Officer and RAF In-Flight magazines and was responsible for the concept and development of Quest magazine. Following the completion of an MA in Film Composition, he left Quest as Publishing Development Director to set up Forces Recruitment Services, the first commercial consultancy to assist ex-military candidates across all ranks and services in 2001.
FRS has gone from strength to strength since 2001 helping thousands of ex-military candidates from all service backgrounds into work.
FRS is the market leader in ex-military recruitment and the place of choice for employers and job seekers alike. Graham is immensely proud of what FRS continues to build.
Bill Tharp - Associate Recruitment Consultant
Since leaving the University of Arizona in 1994, Bill has had a colourful and varied career. After being commissioned in the U.S. Navy, Bill started flight training and entered the fleet as a P-3 Orion pilot. He deployed worldwide to duty stations all over the Pacific Rim, South East Asia and Europe. His last tour was as an exchange officer with RAF 120 Squadron in Kinloss, Scotland flying the MK2 Nimrod.
After 11 years’ service, Bill went to work in the private sector for a company providing ergonomic support and products to companies and individuals across the United States. Simultaneously, he put himself through a teacher training course to become a Teacher of History. Having achieved his teaching certification in 2010, he and his family decided to move back the Britain, where he found a teaching position in Ely.
Bill joined the FRS team in September 2018 and is very excited to use his service and resettlement experience in his new position as a recruitment consultant.
Michael Brash - Marketing & Media Consultant
Michael has been involved with Resettlement and Veterans employment since the Options for Change programme in 1991. He has spent that time championing the excellence of Service Leavers to employers and the wider public.
The driving force behind Pathfinder magazine, Michael led the title to become the foremost source of resettlement information in the UK. Whether he be challenging politicians or banging on the doors of large corporate organisations, Michael’s commitment to providing those leaving the Army, Navy and RAF with the very best information, expert advice, opportunities and the latest news, is unwavering.
He now brings his many years of experience to FRS as we enter the next stage of our evolution as the nation’s leading ex-military recruitment business.
Chris Chapman - Sales Executive
Chris has lived in Cambridgeshire for about 21 years after moving from Farnborough in February 1994. Over the last nine years he has worked for some well established companies within the Banking and Insurance industry which has provided him with extensive knowledge within these sectors. As a result of this, Chris has extensive experience in sales, customer service, management and compliance. He worked for Natwest bank for just over 4 years within a number of different roles. Chris joined Hastings Direct in 2002 and undertook a variety of roles, until he decided that a career change and new challenge was needed. Chris feels he could not find a better challenge than to take himself out of his comfort zone completely and he feels going into the recruitment industry was certainly a way to do that. Working for an ambitious company, who uphold such great values and set themselves apart from competitors, such as Forces Recruitment Services, really stood out to him as the perfect next step on his career ladder. Chris is very pleased to be on board.
Steve Ridley - Associate Recruitment Consultant
Steve has spent most of his career in the telecommunications and IT industry, working in account management, business development, product marketing and corporate communications. He is also skilled at event management and has created, managed and presented high profile events at the iconic BT Tower. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with the Finance, Retail, Media, Leisure and Government sectors.
As well as the corporate world, Steve has worked in a business development role for a Royal Navy charity that provides advice and guidance to those leaving the service and wishing to settle in civilian life; the charity is run from on-board HMS Belfast.
In 2017, as part of his personal development, Steve completed a PhD in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University. This was the culmination of seven years’ research and he expects to publish parts of his work over the coming years.
Steve is delighted to be bringing his experience and knowledge to the team and to be contributing to ensuring that FRS remain the leading recruitment consultancy for placing ex-military people into civilian employment.
William Son - Senior Recruitment Resourcer
William was born and raised in London where he later studied his A-levels in Music, Music Technology and Maths at the John Lyon School in Harrow. In 2014, William completed a BSc Psychology degree at Goldsmiths, University of London; fulfilling his desire to learn about behaviour. Afterwards, William travelled across Europe, and during this time was self-employed as a proof-reader and copy-editor. After returning to the UK in mid-2015, William took upon a chance to join Forces Recruitment Services as a Recruitment Resourcer to utilise his skills, and bring his ranging experiences and knowledge to the work place.
Jo Bregeon - Office Administrator & Book Keeper
Jo joined FRS in January 2017. Her working life began in the hospitality industry as a hotel receptionist and in later years she owned and ran a restaurant with her husband. Subsequently she moved into the Pharmaceutical sector where she trained as a Pharmaceutical GMP Auditor and audited companies to ensure that their working practices adhered to Regulatory Guidelines.
Jo has joined FRS in the role of Office Administrator and Book Keeper and is looking forward to maintaining office systems to facilitate the growth of the company.