Skip to main content

Chris Shaw, Chief Operating Officer, Thales UK

I am delighted to continue Thales UK’s support for the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association.

Thales UK has a long history of support for our Armed Forces and we are proud to be able to extend this into the sporting arena where we see the highest levels of military camaraderie and team spirit.

The intense level of competition shown at these championships demonstrate the ultimate professionalism of all of the services, whilst at the same time masking the sheer amount of hard work and training that has gone into getting to this point. This is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with colleagues and our partners across industry and also develop closer links with the Armed Forces.

We understand that team-work, dedication, tenacity and professionalism are at the heart of military values and events such as the Winter Sports Championship strengthen these fundamental values and spirit.

I am also particularly pleased to announce that one of very own employees has been selected for the Great Britain Women’s Bobsleigh squad this season.

With our support, Maddison Illsley is now dividing her time between working as a defence systems engineer and competing in GB events across Europe. We understand that core professional values and sporting excellence are complementary to a team ethic and we wish her and the squad the very best of luck.

Thales UK is a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and closely support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business and benefit from their training, knowledge and experience. We are always keen to recruit from within this highly skilled and professional population.

May I take this opportunity to wish all the competitors the best of luck, and hope for some good ice and snow!