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Spencer Smith-Ord – Integrated Security Assistant

Spencer Smith-Ord – Integrated Security Assistant, British Army Veteran.

Spence Joined the Army in 1987, training in Catterick, North Yorkshire. He became part of the Royal Corps of Signals and first went out to Celle, West Germany on what was then the border of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between West and East.

He saw the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1989 at first hand and was then deployed in the First Gulf War in 1990 where he was attached to the United States Marine Corps as a specialist communications operator.

He had a full career of 22 years, serving in many posts and roles, including Telecommunications, Equipment Maintenance, Military Training Instructor, Recruit Training Instructor/Manager, Logistics Supply Chain, Hard and Soft FM, Project Management and Senior Executive Management roles.

He has served in UK Mainland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. He has also travelled the world on sporting and adventurous training activities such as Rugby, Swimming and Water-polo, Orienteering and Mountain climbing. He still competes in local Triathlons and is an avid cyclist around the country lanes of Staffordshire.

He left the Army in 2009 and has been a part of UHNM Trust since 2014, firstly with the Patient Transport Team and now as part of the Trust’s Security Management Team, hopefully bringing a vast amount of Security experience with him.

“The Trust is a fantastic environment to work in and the opportunity to be part of the wider team keeps me going for every day that I come into work.

I constantly engage with all levels of staff, as I now teach Conflict Resolution Training on both sites and hopefully I can pass on information that will make a difference to everyone’s workplace and experience at UHNM.

The Skills and Values that Armed Forces staff members bring to the table cannot be taught or learnt from a book. They are gained from experience in the most diverse and pressurised environments in the world but their ability to adapt and integrate are probably the best life skills that are suited to the NHS and especially to UHNM itself.”