Why the Armed Covenant and ELCAS are so important to RISK
12 November 2021
You can take the man out of the military but you can't take the military out of the man
Harry Billinge exemplifies what the military stands for
Throughout this year Mike and his wife, Val, have attended several military reunions to celebrate the 50th year of the reformation of the regiment Commando Branch. At one event they heard 97 year old, former Royal Engineer, Horace “Harry” Billinge speak. He was just 18 when he stormed the beach in German-occupied Normandy, during the landings on June 6 1944. He has received wide media coverage for his unwavering fund raising to build the British Normandy Memorial, unveiled this year on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings. A cause supported by RISK. Harry wanted to ensure a permanent structure was erected to remember his fallen comrades. He personally raised thousands of pounds towards the memorial which bears a Roll of Honour, listing the names of all 22,442 service personnel who died under British command on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In recognition of his tireless efforts he has received an MBE and also a train named after him, but he always defers the praise and recognition.
"I didn't accept the MBE for myself, only for the memorial and the fellas that never came back."
Horace “Harry” Billinge, D-Day Veteran
RISK - supporting those who serve or who have served in our Armed Forces
A high percentage of our team of training consultants are ex-service personnel. They run SMSTS and SSSTS courses, as well as a range of ELCAS approved NEBOSH courses. Supporting serving and ex-service personnel, Mike Adams MBE, said:
“RISK delivers ELCAS courses and training to equip ex-service personnel with career skills to develop as health and safety professionals. We are also committed to the Armed Forces Covenant. It's a pledge that acknowledges and understands that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
Many of our trainers understand the journey from serving your country to working on civvy street first hand. This is why RISK are popular with ex-service personnel and I’m keen that we are proactive in helping anyone leaving the military make a successful transition, to a new career in health and safety.”
Mike Adams MBE, Managing Director, RISK & Safety Management Services Ltd