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John Rigby recognised by the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards

The Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards are set to be announced in Glasgow next month. This event showcases the tremendous talents of military veterans in second careers.


Military Values in Business Award 2023 - John Rigby

The successful shortlisted finalists

John Rigby, Change and Training Consultant at DNASTREAM, has been nominated for the Military Values in Business Award. The shortlist of finalists shows an eclectic group of former servicemen and women whose skills and talents have created enormous value for employers across Scotland.


The finalists of the 2023 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards were whittled down from over 300 nominations. The winners are decided by an independent judging panel made up of 20 veterans and business leaders from major Scottish employers such as Addleshaw Goddard, Barclays, JPMorgan, Edrington and the Scottish Government.


John’s route to a role with DNASTREAM

John left the Armed Forces 2021. Transitioning from the military into a meaningful second career is known to be a notoriously difficult endeavour for many Armed Forces veterans. John joined FDM Group and attended the Ex-Forces Advanced Programme which saw him capitalise on the qualities he already possessed, such as leadership and teamwork.

After successfully completing this training, John joined DNASTREAM in his new role as a Change and Training Consultant.

The 24 years serving in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, saw John finishing his military career at a rank of Warrant-Officer Class 1, the highest Rank a soldier could achieve. He had been deployed on operations in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq and Afghanistan and this extensive service in the Armed Forces and vast operational experience overseas makes him a stand out candidate to join the DNASTREAM team.



As John says “It is a great honour to be nominated for this award. It’s thanks to FDM Group that I had the opportunity and the chance of a new career after leaving the military and I also have to thank DNASTREAM for giving me the time and assistance to learn and grow into my new role as a Change and Training Consultant, the help and encouragement I have had from both companies has been second to none”.


John Rigby enjoying civilian life.

Recognising skills and talent at DNASTREAM

Awareness among employers of this unique talent pool and visibility of successful service leavers have historically been lacking. Overcoming both issues would not only increase veterans’ career prospects but also help companies solve skills gaps and productivity challenges.


Andy Milner, MD at DNASTREAM, comments “It’s easy to recognise John’s unique skillset, formed and developed during his time in the military. He brings his diligence, adaptability, motivation and people skills to DNASTREAM alongside a solid record of meeting new challenges. We’re proud to have him as part of our team.


We congratulate him on being announced as a finalist in The Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards, and wish him the best of luck on the night”.






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