Award Ceremony

Following the announcement in August, the practice was formally awarded the accolade for their continued support to the Armed Forces in November.

Ryder is the first UK architectural practice to be honoured with the silver prize.

Managing partner, Mark Thompson, and associate project manager, David Stabler were delighted to accept the award on the practice’s behalf at the ceremony held at Jesmond Dene House.

David said, “The silver award is recognition of Ryder’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and our continued investment in the Defence community.  To be the first architectural firm to achieve silver is a huge achievement and one we are very proud of.”

The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, encompassing bronze, silver and gold awards for those that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community.

Ryder currently employs two ex service personnel, Michael Anderson and David Stabler, who have both been assisted enormously with their transition from the military environment to civilian life, including professional development, flexible learning for architectural engineering and management qualifications.

Both Michael and David discussed the significance of the covenant and how it plays an important role in the practice’s Giving campaign via the Ryder website.

The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, 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 practice is keen to recruit others from the Armed Forces community by recognising transferable skills and investing in professional development.