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DHCW signs Armed Forces Covenant pledging to support Armed Forces Community 

Logo featuring the Armed Forces Covenant, with a lion holding the Union Jack flag and a crown

23 June 2022

Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) has signed The Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating its commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community.  

Helen Thomas, Chief Executive of DHCW, signed the UK government-founded covenant earlier this year to progress DHCW’s relationship with the military community and help to build more career pathways for armed forces personnel entering civilian life. 

Sarah Brooks, Organisational Development, Culture and Engagement Lead, said: 

"We recognise the value that serving personnel, veterans and military families can bring to our workforce. Going forward, we will be reviewing our recruitment practices, progressing our relationship with the Armed Forces community to promote DHCW as a military friendly Organisation.” 

To mark Armed Forces Week, David Rees, Veteran and now a Learning and Development facilitator at DHCW, spoke about his time in the British Army and how the skills he learnt have transferred to his current role:

“In 2007 after leaving the Army I struggled to adapt to civilian life, I didn't have any idea what I really wanted to do with my life. Obviously civilian work ethic is different, and I struggled to find anything I really enjoyed. So, as I was an instructor in the military I decided to enrol on a university course to gain my teaching qualifications.

"I believe that the hard work you put in whether it is in the Armed Forces or civilian life can be rewarding and has enabled me today to become a key member within DHCW as a Learning and Development Facilitator.”   


David on the left during his service, and now in civilian life pictured with his partner.