Hilton’s Park Lane grand ballroom was the venue for last
night’s Ex-Forces in Business Awards and we are delighted to announce that Vern
Davis, Managing Director of the UK Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS) sector
was named Business Leader of the Year. The awards is the largest celebration
and recognition of ex-military personnel in the UK workforce, and the employers
that support current and former members of the British Armed Forces. In line
with our pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant, Sopra Steria actively seeks to
provide career opportunities for this community and has a number of veterans
working in all areas of our business. Vern was recognised for his
transformation of the ADS business since joining in 2017.
Vern commented ‘I am delighted to have been recognised in
these awards. Sopra Steria has a fantastic culture that really values different
backgrounds and experiences, including those of the armed forces community. It
is an honour to have been named Business Leader of the Year and I thank my team
for all their hard work and support throughout our transformation of the ADS
In April, we brought together space leaders and experts
across the private, public and academic worlds for ‘Event Horizon – a UK Space
Partnering with The National Security & Resilience
Consortium (NS&RC) and Fieldfisher, we held a fantastic day of debate,
knowledge sharing and networking – the first steps in building a richer and
more dynamic collaborative ecosystem across the space sector.
Throughout the day 60 attendees, from SMEs to large
enterprises, academia and not for profits listened to keynote talks stimulating
much discussion and idea sharing. Doug Millard, deputy curator of the Science
Museum, spoke about the future of space. As well as Alan Brunstrom, from the
European Space Agency, on the influence of space on the economy.
Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult,
stressed the importance of the innovative technologies SMEs within the space
sector are developing. These technologies may lead to the creation of new
markets as they address everyday problems in the future.
Davis, Managing Director of Aerospace, Defence and Security for Sopra Steria
commented, “We are committed to enabling SMEs in the Space sector. We want to
form the kind of relationships where SMEs can focus on growing their business
knowing they have a trusted partner that will be with them long term.”
Event Horizon was an extremely positive day for the sector. As
a collective, we are committed to shaping the future of the consortium and the
UK space sector, together.
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Sopra Steria is delighted to announce that two colleagues
have been named finalists in the British Ex-Forces in
Business Awards. The awards celebrates the outstanding business
achievements of service leavers demonstrating transferable skills gained in the
military. This year, the awards attracted over 400 nominations across 18
Vern Davis, Managing Director of the Aerospace, Defence and
Security sector is a finalist in the Business Leader of the Year category. Vern
started his career in 1990 as an Army Officer in the British Army. This role
took him on operational tours across Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq while
building his skillset in operational communications, SATCOM, systems training,
operational planning, real estate management and budget control. Today, Vern
helps organisations in their digital transformation journey, driven by
delivering exceptional customer service. His wealth of knowledge, experience
and expertise ensures Sopra Steria’s customers receive bespoke services that
fit their needs as well as the best return on investment.
Mohammed Ahmed recently retired from the Royal Air Force as
a Wing Commander. During his military career he specialised as an Aero
Systems and Communications Electronics engineer and, for Operational tours
during Gulf War 2, he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen. In August
2018 he joined Sopra Steria as Head of the Acquisition Support Partner for MOD
Corsham. In his new role, Mohammed has run a multi-million pound profitable
programme and a team of over 60 staff for Sopra Steria. Within weeks he
achieved the highest level of customer satisfaction and a perfect 100% NPS
score. Mohammed is a finalist for the Service Leaver of the Year award.
Sopra Steria is committed to supporting the Armed Forces
community and demonstrates that through our covenant
pledge. We are delighted to also be sponsoring these awards and the
category of Innovator of the Year.
Sopra Steria is proud to announce the recent signing of a three
year contract to provide its STORM Command and Control system to Durham
Constabulary. STORM enables Durham Constabulary to enhance public service
delivery and provide more efficient scheduling of resources.
Sopra Steria and Durham Constabulary have a strong
partnership and this contract extends that to a total of 16 years. During this
time, Durham Constabulary have been instrumental in providing user feedback to inform
product developments as part of the STORM User Group. The User Group, comprised
of members from 26 forces, meets biannually to discuss product developments
which feed into the Sopra Steria roadmap.
Chief Inspector Steve Long, Head of Force Control Room
commented: ‘Durham Constabulary has worked with Sopra Steria for a significant
period of time and we have established a good working relationship. It is
essential that Durham Constabulary continue to deliver an efficient and effective
service to the public and we will continue to build upon our partnership with
Sopra Steria to achieve that aim.’
Muz Janoowalla, Head of Emergency Services at Sopra Steria,
said: ‘We are proud of our long relationship with Durham Constabulary and delighted
to continue working with the force to keep the people of County Durham and
Women’s Day has been and gone, but it’s important to think about what the day
means. It’s a celebration of women who more often than not don’t get enough
recognition for doing what they do – but it isn’t solely about celebrating. It’s
also about making efforts to break down gender stereotypes and norms – and this
is especially true for women in STEM industries.
women are working in STEM than ever before, they still only make-up around one
quarter of the STEM workforce in the UK. Even as the UK faces a severe STEM
skills shortage – with a recent study forecasting more than 600,000 vacancies in
STEM by 2023 – many women still struggle to enter and stay in the STEM-related
industries. As women in STEM, it’s important that we share our stories so that those
looking to follow the same path know that it is entirely possible and there is
always a way in.
about me? I’m currently on a graduate training programme as a digital
consultant at Sopra Steria – one of the biggest global tech consultancies in
the world. I get to learn my job in a very practical, hands on way. More
specifically, my job includes working directly with clients while
simultaneously getting involved with our technology teams to figure out how
best we can help said clients.
As for my
route into STEM, I initially studied Politics and Sociology at Cardiff
University – not your traditional STEM subjects. During my study however, I
took a couple of modules centred around technology and internet governance and
from that, I knew exactly what I wanted to pursue. A couple of years and a
nerve racking assessment centre later – I chose Sopra Steria. Beginning my
career in digital technologies at a standout organisation that is heralded for
its innovative solutions and expertise with female and male role models.
looking to get into STEM but perhaps haven’t previously studied a STEM subject,
don’t be disheartened. It’s important to remember that there a number of routes
you can follow. Looking to the future, I want to further develop my knowledge
of technology and identify which area I want to specialise in and I believe I
am at the right place for it.
Of course, I am at the beginning of my journey but at Sopra Steria, I feel wholly comfortable and proud to be a woman in STEM and have a plethora of colleagues who are passionate about what they do to look up to. It is truly an exciting time to be a woman entering the sector. Never before has it been a better time to put myself out there and try to make as much of a difference as I can. But, it is important to remember that while we have come so far as an industry, there is long road ahead to true equality, and we cannot take our foot off the pedal.
By Lauren Boys – Junior Consultant
The awards will
celebrate and acknowledge the best in all aspects of 21st century policing. Reflecting
that effective modern day policing requires partnership and collaboration,
whether in teams of officers and staff; collaboration between forces;
multi-agency operations; wider public sector involvement; and collaboration
also with the supplier community and beyond.
Rix, Founder of World Class Policing Awards said. “We are delighted to have Sopra Steria on board as a Founder Sponsor
and are very much looking forward to working with them to develop and
deliver an outstanding World Class Policing Awards event in November 2019.”
Head of Emergency Services at Sopra Steria said, “ As a long term partner of policing,
both nationally and internationally, Sopra Steria are proud to be a founding
sponsor of the awards, and look forward to recognising the very best in UK and
information on the awards and how to nominate can be found on the World Class
In 2013, Steria Ltd pledged to support the armed forces
community through the signing of the covenant. It is a pledge that recognises the
need to treat those who have served in the armed forces, and their families,
with respect and fairness. In the five years since we signed this pledge,
Steria went on to become Sopra Steria and it is with great pleasure we
reconfirm our commitment to this covenant with a new signing by John Torrie,
CEO of Sopra Steria UK and Asia.
Our pledge focuses on three key themes;
- Employment opportunities for ex-service men and
women, reservists and their families including assisting with transition from
military to civilian employment
- Fundraising for Armed Forces charities through a
series of events throughout the year including our Community Matters week
- Supporting local cadet and school outreach
activities by providing speakers, facilitators and mentors to programmes
Sopra Steria is proud of the activity we already undertake
towards these three themes and 2019 is no exception. We are exhibiting at a
number of the Career Transition Partnership recruitment events as well as
Security Cleared Expo. We are undergoing a resource transformation programme
that looks specifically at this community and how we attract talent, support
them through the process and then manage transition and career development.
We are also delighted to be sponsoring the category of
‘Innovator of the Year’ at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Innovation
is at the heart of what we do at Sopra Steria so we are delighted to be in a
position to recognise that amongst this community.
A copy of our pledge can be found on the Armed
Forces Covenant website.