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Civil and military engineers - connected by a shared purpose

Event organised by ICE

21 November 2023
19:00 - 20:30 GMT
75 Engineer Regiment
Peninsula Barracks
O'Leary Street
Warrington, WA2 7QS
United Kingdom

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This is a joint event hosted by ICE Cheshire and 75 Engineer Regiment (RE) in Warrington. showcasing the common ground between military, civil engineers and the wider construction industry.

Project Puma Force in Brunei saw the construction of a concrete hardstanding on a green-field site for the use of puma helicopter maintenance and taxiing to the existing flight aircraft operating surface.

It was delivered by a hybrid delivery solution overseen by 532 STRE as Lead Air Support Team Royal Engineers, the overarching Military Design Authority, and which provided oversight to all key stakeholders regarding design and construction guidance.

The project involved enabling works delivered by a civilian Bruneian contractor with the Royal Engineer Military Construction Force constructing the hardstanding and associated elements.

Project RECCE is a charity that is providing a pathway for all veterans and service leavers into the construction industry by utilising veterans' skills to facilitate a successful career in construction, whilst also supporting the industry in addressing the current skills crisis.

The talk will cover the challenges veterans and service leavers face in finding meaningful employment and the untapped potential they bring to various industries, particularly construction and STEM.

Project RECCE does not only connect veterans with employment opportunities but also provides vital mental and physical well-being support during their transition.

This benefits both the veterans and the construction companies who are realising the great opportunities this pool of potential employees can bring to the sector.

Note, light refreshments will be served from 18:30 with presentations starting at 19:00 prompt.


18:30 - 19:00

Light refreshments

19:00 - 20:30



Event closes


James Anderson

James Anderson

Royal Engineers

warrant officer 1

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James Anderson

Warrant officer 1 (WO1) Anderson enrolled in the Royal Engineers September 2000 completing trade training as a military engineer plant operator mechanic, subsequently deploying on various exercises and operations, including construction and advanced search roles contributing to career promotions and leadership experiences.

WO1 Anderson took the opportunity to qualify as a military plant foreman in 2015 in Chatham, Kent which kick-started his technical and academic professional development.

WO1 Anderson successfully selected promotion to warrant officer class 1 in 2022 and is currently in post at headquarters field army, responsible for capability integration and fleet management of operational infrastructure programme equipments within HQ field army.

John Davies

John Davies

Project RECCE

chief operations officer

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John Davies

John Davies is the chief operations officer of Project RECCE, a veteran with 23 years of military service, and an army reserve officer.

He has a wide range of experience – from experienced 3rd Sector operations officer, business owner, educator to health and safety specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry. John is skilled in educational assessment, coaching, NVQs, training delivery and mentoring.

He has a background in business development and graduated from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Sunderland University and The Open University.