In today’s episode we’re looking at the unique skills that make veterans so well placed to contribute to future industries. Kate Silverton is joined by Andy Mihalop, veteran and Veterans and Allies lead at Facebook, Oz Alashe, veteran and CEO and Founder of CybSafe, and Lisa Marr, veteran and leader of the Veterans’ Employment Transition Support Programme at Barclays.
Thank you to Ray Winstone for introducing the episode.
Facebook and veteran
Andy is a digital marketing and advertising technology leader with extensive experience of multi-channel marketing gained in client, media owner and agency roles. His current role as Vertical Marketing Lead at Facebook sees him responsible for the marketing strategy for the Technology and Telecom verticals across EMEA. In a previous role as Marketing Program Lead EMEA at Facebook he was responsible for leading a team for the planning and development of regional marketing programs for the region. He was voted one of the UK’s digital media’s most influential individuals in The Drum Digerati 2015 (#18), 2016 (#13) and 2017.
He is also the Veterans and Allies lead for the U.K. and Ireland at Facebook, supporting veteran hiring, support and development, having served in both the regular and reserve forces.
CEO CybSafe and veteran
Oz Alashe MBE is CEO and Founder at CybSafe, an innovative British cyber security and data analytics company based at the prestigious tech Level 39 community in London.
A former UK Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, Oz focuses on making society more secure by helping organisations effectively address the human aspect of cyber security. He and his team have developed a software platform that leverages AI, data science, psychology and behavioural science to measure and improve cyber security awareness, behaviour and culture within organisations.
He has extensive experience and understanding in the areas of intelligence insight, complex human networks and the human component of cyber security risk. He is also passionate about reducing societal threats to stability and security by making the most of opportunities presented through advancements in technology.
Oz is also a keen advocate of social investment and has worked with several mentorship schemes and charities that aim to help young people from all walks of life to fulfill their potential. Oz was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his personal leadership in the most complex of conflict environments.
Barclays and veteran
Lisa Marr served 16 years as a Regular Army Officer with the Royal Logistic Corps. She deployed on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. At her pension point she moved to New Zealand and joined up as a Regular Officer in the NZ Defence Force taking a Squadron Commander role with the Logistic Regiment based in Christchurch. It was during this appointment that Christchurch was struck with several catastrophic earthquakes and Lisa was selected to be the Mayor of Christchurch’s Military Liaison officer during the state of emergency.
Returning to the UK Lisa joined 4 Bde as the Head of Engagement for the Yorkshire and Humber region, responsible for engaging with businesses on behalf of service leavers and veterans, publicising the benefits of signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant and the ERS Awards.
Lisa has a real passion for helping women and children and breaking down the barriers they often face in these communities. She joined forces with Opening Boundaries a charity which through cricket connects communities and advocates on behalf of women. The initiative saw Lisa and the Opening Boundaries initiative winning several awards both local and national – White Ribbon Award, British Muslim Awards, Leeds White Ribbon Awards and being selected as one of 3 finalists in the Women’s Sport Trust Game Changer Awards under the Inspiring Local initiative award.
Lisa joined Barclays to run the outward facing VETS programme, breathing new life into it and setting the conditions for it to grow into a huge asset for the business and the veteran community.
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