Alex Vipond - Staff Welfare Manager
Being away from loved ones through work is never an easy
experience, looking after the welfare of our people around the world is the
priority for Staff Welfare Manager Alex Vipond.
There are plenty of subjects that find their way into Alex’s
in-tray under the broad heading of staff welfare. It could be the standard of
accommodation on Ascension Island, a desire for better recreation facilities at
RAF Akrotiri, ground transportation issues or the support provided to families
Alex’s role, working in close partnership with the Voyager
Project Team, is to make sure that the experience of working down-route whether
as a civilian, military crew or Sponsored Reservist is as comfortable and
hassle-free as possible. The second strand of Alex’s role is to gradually
improve the support offered to close family back home. It’s not just crews and
engineers who can struggle with separation; the same goes for families back at
home. A staff welfare committee helps to gauge the views of employees about the
types of assistance that would be valued.
"The overall goal is to create parity at all locations, where operationally possible and a guaranteed standard that all colleagues can expect, regardless of their destination."
Charlotte Harrison - Head of Commercial Management
Over the past year, the seven-strong Commercial Management
team has successfully concluded two important contractual negotiations with the
Charlotte Harrison, Head of Commercial Management, explains:
“Our role is two-fold: to strengthen the commercial success of the business and
to make sure that ATrS is meeting its contractual obligations and providing the
right level of support to MoD operations."
Although ATrS has always had a Commercial Management
function, the team has doubled in size in the past three years as the number of
contractual changes has grown. The launch of the Leasing business has also
added another dimension to the team’s work.
“We are responsible for generating proposals and for
negotiating contracts with the MoD and other customers. This could involve a
contract change or an additional service. We’re also the hub of expertise within
the business on all contractual issues, providing guidance to colleagues.”
This contractual expertise is vital. The Voyager/FSTA
programme contract with the MoD is in fact a suite of documents stretching to
thousands of pages. “If people come to us with a very specific question, we
need to be able to pinpoint exactly where it is covered within the contract.”
"The demands for leasing are a completely different scenario because we're creating contracts in a new area of business from scratch. Every customer is different, but it's exciting."
Squadron Leader Claire Evans - Executive Officer Force Support
From ensuring the welfare of RAF personnel embedded with
ATrS through to managing recruitment, promotion and military discipline, the
Voyager Force Support team provides a vital link between the military and
civilian environments. Operating under the command of Officer Commanding No. 10
Squadron, the team is led by Squadron Leader Claire Evans who is XO (Executive
Officer) Force Support.
are many aspects to the role of Force Support and it continues to
be a unique working environment. It is our responsibility to
ensure that our embedded RAF personnel and sponsored reservists are fully
supported throughout their career development and everyday life."
also a significant part of our role and we work hard to ensure that we
bring on board personnel of a high standard who are suitable to work within the
Voyager's dynamic and challenging environment."
Squadron Leader Evans also holds the position of Deputy Continuing
Airworthiness Manager. Rigorous airworthiness processes are, of course,
fundamental to safe operations for Voyager and the fact that the aircraft flies
on both the Military and Civil Aircraft Registers means that the Continuing
Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) function is particularly
significant as a conduit between the Civil Aviation Authority’s regulations and
those that govern military flying.