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Resilient People

In today’s episode we’re looking at the incredible quality of resilience, how time in the military can hone it, and its application to the business world. Kate Silverton is joined by Kate Philp, veteran, ambassador for The Soldiers’ Charity and Leadership Consultant, Matt Johns, veteran and Director of Fieri, and Tony Harris, veteran and Operations Manager for Amazon. 

Thank you to Lieutenant General James Swift, Chief of Defence People for introducing the episode.

Kate Philp

Corran Consulting and veteran

Kate Philp, a former Royal Artillery officer, was the first British female soldier in recent operations to lose a limb in combat. Kate lost her left leg below the knee in 2008 when the Warrior that she was commanding in Afghanistan ran over a 50kg Taliban bomb.

In December 2013, she joined the Walking With The Wounded team to take on the South Pole Allied Challenge. Three teams of wounded service personnel raced 335km on skis.  On Friday 13th December, along with Prince Harry, Kate and the teams arrived at the South Pole; a monumental day for all involved.

She continued serving in the Army until August 2015. Kate now runs her own leadership consultancy business which offers training, coaching and speaking services to organisations and individuals in both the public and private sector.

Matt Johns

Fieri and veteran

Matt is a Partner, and lead on design, development and delivery of a number of key service-lines for Fieri.  Matt mainly concentrates on assessing and developing occupational behaviours within Early Talent, primarily around communication, leadership and high-performance teamwork for apprentices & graduates. He has additional responsibility for the Fieri Risk service-line, providing training and consultancy support to organisations operating in high-threat environments. Matt served for several years as an Army Officer, with operational tours including Afghanistan & East Africa.

Tony Harris

Amazon and veteran

Tony is an operations manager at Amazon UK.  He served for 10 years in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers reaching the rank of Captain. He was injured in Sangin in Afghanistan in the summer of 2009. He underwent long hospitalisation and some 20 operations over many months culminating in the loss of his left leg. Maintaining that this was the real start of getting back to normal he threw himself into a number of recovery orientated activities and events – particularly in motor rallies such as the Dacca – and in so doing set up his own inspirational Race2Recovery organisation involving other injured servicemen and women. 

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